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Charles Barkley and Stephen Curry will reportedly compete in ‘The Match’ sequel

Charles Barkley

Turner Sports will be staging another edition of “The Match,” but the players involved will be quite different.

According to Anthony Crupi and Scott Soshnick of Sportico, Phil Mickelson and Peyton Manning will return for “The Match III” on Nov. 27. They will be joined by Charles Barkley and Stephen Curry, with Tiger Woods not involved.

Barkley and Curry are both avid golfers, so they’ll at least be prepared for the contest. Barkley in particular is so infamous for his golf swing that he gets trolled about it regularly.

Barkley was also involved in the coverage of “The Match 2” earlier this year, where he spent a lot of time trashing Tom Brady. Now Barkley will likely be on the receiving end of some trash talk instead.

Stephen Curry calls for Warriors to improve their roster

Steph Curry

The Golden State Warriors were the worst team in the NBA this season, and Stephen Curry knows it will take more than getting healthy to right the ship.

In an interview this week with Scott Polacek of Bleacher Report, the two-time NBA MVP called on the Warriors to improve their roster this offseason.

“We just need talent,” said Curry. “At the end of the day, that’s what you’re always trying to get. I think we could use some size. But for the most part, it’s just trying to fill out the roster and get us as much depth as possible.

“I like the position that we’re in with the assets that we got and the guys coming back off of injury,” he went on. “I think we’ll get it right. Our front office has gotten it right over and over. I expect nothing different coming back from this tough year we had.”

The Warriors are coming off a brutal 15-50 campaign. Curry missed most of the season with a broken hand, and Klay Thompson missed the entire thing with his torn ACL recovery. Draymond Green also missed time with various injuries, and all three players are now in their 30s. Andrew Wiggins was admittedly a nice midseason addition. But the rest of the roster mostly consists of role players and unproven youngsters.

That said, things are looking up in Golden State. They hold the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft and may also be exploring other ways to improve.

Steph Curry shows off new braids hairstyle

Steph Curry braids

Steph Curry is rocking the braids.

Curry represented the Golden State Warriors during ESPN’s telecast of the NBA Draft Lottery on Thursday. The Warriors star had a new hairstyle and a tan that was evident.

Some fans thought the braids were a sign that Curry means business for next season.

The Warriors finished with the worst record in the league this season. Curry only played in five games and averaged 20.8 points per game, which was his lowest mark since his third season in the league. He and the Warriors have a lot to prove next season.

Steph Curry tells Kenny Smith he’s crazy for Lillard comment

Steph Curry

Steph Curry had a response for Kenny Smith after being called out on Tuesday night.

Smith praised Damian Lillard for scoring 34 points in Portland’s Game 1 win over the Lakers on Tuesday. The TNT analyst was particularly impressed with Lillard making a 3-pointer from way deep during the Blazers’ win. That led him to challenge Curry during “Inside the NBA” after the game.

“I don’t think you could shoot as deep as him, Steph. I gotta see it when you come back,” Smith said.

Curry heard the comment and told Smith he was crazy for thinking that.

Curry remade the NBA by taking shots from almost any distance, and making them with regularity. That has since inspired a generation of players to confidently attempt 3-pointers from extremely long distances. Lillard is the latest player to pull up and shoot long-range threes often, and he’s doing so successfully. This is all probably motivation for Curry, who admitted he had FOMO over his Warriors not qualifying for the NBA’s restart.

Steph Curry has FOMO over not being part of NBA restart

Steph Curry

The NBA playoffs nearing usually means it is time for Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors to shine. This year, they are nowhere to be found, and that is unusual for Curry.

At 15-50, the Warriors had the worst record in the league when the NBA shut down in March. They were one of eight teams not invited to participate in the league’s resumed season in Orlando.

In an interview with The New York Times’ Marc Stein, Curry said he’s had FOMO (fear of missing out) over not being part of the restart

“Obviously I was happy to see basketball back on TV, but that first week I had major FOMO,” Curry told Stein.

Curry also said that once he started seeing his peers compete in games, he began to miss the competition badly.

Now 32, Curry only played in five games this season due to a hand injury suffered in October. His Warriors had a losing season for the first time since 2011-2012, which was also the last time they did not make the playoffs. The extra time has allowed Curry to enjoy some special events. Similarly, his teammate, Draymond Green, did some TV commentary recently, which got him in trouble.

Steph Curry among spectators at PGA Championship in San Francisco

Steph Curry

Steph Curry has some time on his hands since his Golden State Warriors did not qualify for the NBA restart in Orlando, Fla., and he is spending it watching some high-quality golf.

The two-time NBA MVP was among the spectators enjoying the PGA Championship in San Francisco, Calif. on Sunday. He was photographed hanging out around the seventh green at Harding Park.

Curry is a big golf fan and enjoys playing the sport. He also is sponsored by Under Armour and has a relationship with the company’s other athletes, like Jordan Spieth. So it’s no surprise to see him watching the event when it’s nearby his home in the Bay Area.

The 32-year-old guard only played in five games this season due to a lengthy recovery from a hand injury suffered in October. His Warriors finished the season 15-50, which is the worst mark in the league.

Steph Curry has clever Instagram post for anniversary with wife Ayesha

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors did not qualify to take part in the resumption of the NBA season, but the two-time MVP seems to be making the most of his time off.

Curry shared an Instagram post on Thursday wishing his wife Ayesha a happy nine-year anniversary. The location he tagged for the post was “My Own Bubble,” which was obviously a reference to the NBA’s bubble campus in Orlando.

“Hey @ayeshacurry. Nine years in. And what they say? Forever to go! I love you. Thank you for always making me better, for pushing me, for keeping it real with me, for bringing light and energy to every room you walk in, for showing our kids what it means to be passionate and caring and loving, for always being my eyes and ears, Traveling with me on every high and every low, and most importantly….for always being unapologetically you!” Curry wrote.

Steph and Ayesha have been fairly open about their relationship, with Ayesha admitting last year that she is terrified by the Warriors star not deleting some of the “spicy” photos she has sent him. They’ve also been extremely supportive of one another publicly, with Steph once firing back at trolls who mocked Ayesha over her dance moves.

While the season did not go as planned for the Warriors after Kevin Durant left and Curry and Klay Thompson both suffered injuries, Curry is clearly enjoying the extra free time he has.

Steph Curry sums up thoughts on having NBA back with timely tweet

Steph Curry

Steph Curry captured the feelings of many fans and players around the NBA with a perfect, timely tweet on Thursday.

The NBA on Thursday returned for the first time since shutting down the season in March due to the coronavirus. The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans played the first game and were followed by the Los Angeles Lakers against the Clippers.

Curry’s Golden State Warriors did not qualify for the restart, which allowed him the chance to watch as a TV viewer. He demonstrated his fondness for his fellow NBA players and recognized how nice it was to have the league back.

Seeing the league back and playing meaningful games again was great for fans and even fellow players. The Jazz and Pelicans treated fans to a close contest, and even gave us our first controversy to discuss.

Warriors plan to start managing Stephen Curry’s minutes next season

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry will be entering Year 12 in the NBA come next season, and the Golden State Warriors would like to adopt a more conservative approach with him moving forward.

Speaking this week on the “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast with The Athletic’s David Aldridge, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr indicated that the team is going to start managing Curry’s minutes.

“Now, he’s at the point where he’s been at the peak of his powers for the last couple of years,” Kerr said. “If anything, it’s on us to try to begin to manage his minutes. We’ve always been really blessed. We’ve been able to do that because of the talent on our team. We’ve never really run Steph into the ground. We don’t have as much depth as we once did. It’s on us as a coaching staff to make sure we get him his rest every night, and we’re not wearing him out.”

Curry, who will be 33 next season, has averaged 34.3 minutes a game for his career. A broken left hand derailed the two-time MVP’s 2019-20 season after just five games though, forcing the Warriors to consider his long-term health.

Some close to Curry think that he might even be able to play into his 40s, but for that to even stand a chance of happening, the Warriors will indeed have to start gradually easing his load. It sounds like that process could begin the next time that we see Curry in action.

Warriors GM shares exact moment he knew Steph Curry was ‘different’

Stephen Curry

Very few people envisioned Stephen Curry becoming a two-time NBA MVP when the Golden State Warriors drafted him with the seventh overall pick in 2009, and it took a few years before he really become a star. For Warriors general manager Bob Myers, there was one moment in particular that proved Curry was the type of player that doesn’t come around very often.

Wednesday marked the 11-year anniversary of the Warriors drafting Curry, and Myers joined 95.7 The Game for “Steph Curry Appreciation Day.” During his interview, Myers revealed that he knew Curry was “different” when the former Davidson star buried a three-pointer on one leg during Game 2 of the 2013 Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs.

“He came off a screen at the top and he took a one-footed 3-point shot — in the halfcourt,” Myers said, as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I looked at Travis (Schlenk) — our assistant GM at the time — and said, ‘Did he just shoot that off one foot?’ It looked so natural. I said, ‘This guy is different, man.'”

Myers said that was the moment he became convinced Curry was more than just a great NBA player.

“That is so unusual and the way he did it. There’s a difference between being great and transcendent,” Myers added. “There are a lot of great players in the NBA, but then there’s the ones like Steph that go beyond that category.”

You can see a video of the circus shot below. Like so many other insanely difficult shots he has hit throughout his career, Curry made it look easy.

Myers joined Golden State’s front office in 2011, and he has no problem admitting he was “lucky” to inherit such a special talent like Curry. Being able to build around an MVP-caliber player helped the Warriors win three NBA championships and become one of the premier franchises in sports.

Curry has battled a number of injuries over the past year, but the Warriors should bounce back quickly if he’s healthy entering next season.