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April 20, 2015 Updates

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. McLemore designated Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which intends to buy a 15-passenger van to take homeless kids currently without transportation to and from school. The winner will be chosen by NBA judges and fan votes. The window for voting is April 20-27. This can be done with a post on Twitter, an NBA Facebook account, or an Instagram post by using the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore. Cowbell Kingdom

Even amidst this first-round challenge against the Golden State Warriors that even Russell's Boston Celtics would have found daunting, Davis found himself picturing the possibilities when he stumbled upon a black-and-white image of one of the game's greats. "I'm more focused on Golden State, what they're trying to do to stop us and what we're trying to do to stop them," Davis told USA TODAY Sports. "But you do think about Bill Russell and what he did here, what he did for the league. He led the way for guys like us today. "I went in the Bill Russell Room, and me and (a Pelicans media relations official) were saying (as they looked at the picture) that he looks so much younger. He and I were in the same predicament. It's just cool when you see something like that." USA Today Sports

If only because it reminded Davis of where he wants to go. "When you mention basketball or NBA and you talk about greatest players, I definitely want to be in that conversation," Davis continued. "You mention Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, all those guys. I want to be in that conversation." USA Today Sports

The mayor of Oakland and the mayor of New Orleans made a friendly bet Friday on the outcome of the playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans, the mayor's office said. The mayor of the city with the winning team will receive some of the other city's best goods after the seven-game series ends May 3. "After a thrilling regular season, we're pulling for the Splash Brothers, Coach Kerr, and the rest of this dynamic team to bring a title home to Oakland," Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement. Contra Costa Times

April 19, 2015 Updates

Jackson did not hesitate to praise Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who replaced Jackson after he was fired last spring. Kerr inherited a 51-31 team and led them to a 67-15 season. "You have to give him a lot of credit," Jackson said. "He has done an outstanding job. In my opinion, the Coach of the Year. He has elevated this basketball team." Oakland Tribune

"It's a great challenge," Green told USA TODAY Sports about facing Davis. "Obviously you don't always get a chance to line up against an All-Star, an All-NBA player, so when you do, you take that challenge head on. I was definitely excited about the challenge and idea of playing him possibly seven games. You want to get the better of that match-up. He's a great player, so I look forward to (the match-up)." USA Today Sports

 

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