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Charity game may feature “we believe” Warriors vs. current team

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Sadly, it looks like NBA players doing charity games and exhibitions will have to give us our basketball fix for a while.

In the Bay Area they have an interesting idea starting to take form, reports Matt Steinmetz of

Apparently, plans are in the works to get a game together between current Warriors and the “We Believe” Warriors from 2007.

Still trying to nail down some details, but Baron Davis, Matt Barnes, Jason Richardson and Stephen Jackson all might be playing for the “We Believe” team. Maybe Al Harrington, too.

The Warriors have made the playoffs one time in the last 17 seasons (that’s why the ownership change there last year is so important) but that one time was spectacular. In 2007 the eight-seeded Warrriors knocked off a 67-win Mavericks team behind the best basketball of Baron Davis’ life, while Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson filled up the net. It was one of the most electric playoff series in recent memory.

The current Warriors, led by the Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis backcourt, can be entertaining as well.

Put that together — it looks like Oct. 29 in San Jose, but details are still being finalized — and you could have one of the more interesting charity games of the lockout. Hope it happens.

Is Stephen Curry the Lionel Messi of the NBA?

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Stephen Curry has reached the transcendent point in his career. We’re now talking about if he has passed LeBron James as the best player on the planet (he has), and we’re starting to think about his legacy as the perfect point guard for a modern NBA small-ball, space-and-pace offense. Plus he’s just a joy to watch play.

Does that make him the Lionel Messi of the NBA?

Curry was asked to compare himself to the Barcelona/Argentinian player who (arguably) is the greatest soccer player in the world, certainly as elite a finisher as that sport has ever seen. Here is his answer, via the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia. Is Curry the bigger international star now?

“I don’t know – it’s a chicken and egg kind of conversation,” Curry said while laughing.

“We both have a creative style, a feel when you are out on the pitch or the court. I’m trying to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and having a certain flair to my game and that’s definitely the style Messi has when he is out there in his matches.”

I love Curry, but Messi is the bigger international star.

But I love the comparison in terms of the must-watch nature of the two stars, the flair in their games, the sense that you have to keep an eye on them at all times because the spectacular could happen any time they touch the ball. When the ball comes to them, everybody leads forward in their chairs. That is the sign of a real superstar.

Jahlil Okafor fights man in Boston (video)

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The 76ers lost a heartbreaker to the Celtics last night, dropping Philadelphia to 0-16.

Jahlil Okafor was apparently in a foul mood after the game.


We’re told everyone got up and fled the scene and no arrests were made.

We’re told the altercation began because one of the men in the other group yelled at Jahlil, “The 76ers suck.”

We spoke with a rep for Jahlil who tells us … Okafor says he was being heckled from the moment he left the club and felt threatened because people swarmed him on the street.


This video obviously doesn’t show everything, but it certainly makes Okafor look like the aggressor.

Okafor will probably face punishment from some combination of the legal system, NBA and 76ers.

Kristaps Porzingis envelops Victor Oladipo’s dunk attempt (video)

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Scott Skiles moved Victor Oladipo to the bench, because the Magic coach wanted to give Oladipo a chance to be more aggressive.

It worked.

Oladipo scored a season-high 24 points in the Magic’s 100-91 win over the Knicks.

But Oladipo’s aggressiveness also produced this fantastic Kristaps Porzingis block: