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April 8, 2015 Updates
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Comedian Chris Rock in a birthday video message to Mark Jackson joked about how the Warriors are playing better now that the race of the head coach is different. “I know what you’re thinking,” Rock said before starting to joke. “You watch the games, and you go, ‘Oh so now Steph Curry’s going to play defense for the white man. Couldn’t play it for the brother. Now he’s like Dennis Rodman.’ “Couldn’t do it for you. Yeah, everybody’s boxing out now. Couldn’t do it for a black man. Ooh, they play some defense for the white man, don’t they? Ooh, they play some good defense for the white man.” Contra Costa Times

To coach Curry is to throw out the book; whatever guiding principles are implemented must be unique to a player who can casually step back into 25-footers. “There's some give and take,” Kerr said. “Obviously [Curry is] so skilled and talented that you give him a lot of rope. Every once in awhile you have to reel him in if if you think that he's trying to do too much or missing something strategically that we're trying to do. You just tell him. He's easy to talk to. I'm really, really lucky to coach a star player who's so willing to accept criticism and respond positively to critiquing.” Sports Illustrated

“We try to approach coaching with the idea that I'm going to present myself totally openly and honestly and communicate with everybody,” Kerr said. “We have a group of guys that's pretty easy to coach so it really hasn't been much of an issue. But I do think because Steph is the best player, the rest of the guys follow his lead. The fact that he lets me get on him in film sessions, criticize him, and urge him to get better allows other guys to understand that they have to accept the same things.” “I respond best when a coach is able to get on me where he's raising his voice, yelling and whatever, because he expects greatness from me—especially when I'm not performing the way I'm supposed to,” Curry said. “I like to have, obviously, a mutual respect, and a guy who can be as consistent as possible with his message. But if I need to be yelled at and refocused, I'm open to that and I usually respond well.” Sports Illustrated

April 3, 2015 Updates

Effort and IQ still loom largest for Curry, though. He’s engaged from the onset of defensive possessions, doesn’t give up on plays if briefly marginalized, and helps and recovers with the effectiveness of a faster, longer player. Make no mistake – Steph’s hands are quick and strong. But he leads the NBA in swipes per game and boasts a career-best 3.1 steal percentage not because he rips ballhandlers with the ease of Kawhi Leonard, but because he’s constantly ready to take advantage of lapses by the offense. It’s amazing how easily Steph tips pick-and-roll passes for steals simply by staying active when a normal defender would relax. This isn’t a guy with arms like Rajon Rondo, but a player who wants to win more than anything else and understands a reliable means to doing so is maximum engagement. Uproxx

April 2, 2015 Updates

Former Warriors coach and current ESPN color commentator Mark Jackson believes Rockets guard James Harden, not Warriors guard Stephen Curry, should be the 2015 NBA MVP. "If you twisted my arm today, I would probably vote for James Harden," Jackson told The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday. "He's single-handedly put that Houston Rockets team in the position they are in today. It would be tough." Sports Illustrated

April 1, 2015 Updates

Warriors center Andrew Bogut said he didn’t have a good live look of the memorable move Stephen Curry put on Chris Paul, but figured the Internet would help him out with that one. “I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of memes,” Bogut said. “So I’m looking forward to getting on Instagram and Twitter and seeing exactly what they’re doing on the Photoshop because there’s a lot of antics that were going behind the bench when it happened, and it was a hell of a play by Steph.” Contra Costa Times

March 30, 2015 Updates
March 28, 2015 Updates

Kerr was asked for his thoughts on the league's hotly contested MVP race entering the final weeks of the regular season. "For the record," Kerr answered with a blank expression, "I would vote for Russell Westbrook." All within earshot froze. Faces frowned. Necks jerked. ESPN.com

Kerr quickly ended the madness before anyone could think to check if anyone had spiked the barbeque sauce on the Warriors' postgame meal spread. The prankster was in full postseason form. "Didn't somebody else just say that?" Kerr said as he lobbed the wisecrack that shattered the silence with laughter. "I'm just kidding. Make sure the sarcasm is noted." ESPN.com

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