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Stephen Curry‘s oldest daughter, Riley, stole the spotlight when she joined her dad at the podium as a 2-year-old following Game 1 of the 2015 Western Conference finals.

But now, the Golden State Warriors star wishes he’d handled the situation differently.

“One thing I do technically regret in terms of how fast this all came is when I brought Riley on the podium,” Stephen told David Dennis Jr. of the Undefeated.

“I’ve always wanted to … share what I get to do, and all the experiences I have with my family. I didn’t know how much that would blow up and how much of a splash she (would make) on the scene. If I could take that one back, I probably would, just because my goal is just to … give my kids the best chance at success and at seeing the world in the proper way … trying to give our kids the best chance to be successful and have a normal life in terms of treating people the right way, having respect, not getting too bigheaded, and feeling like everything’s about them.”

Stephen and his wife, Ayesha, are also parents to a 3-year-old daughter named Ryan and a 7-month-old son named Canon.

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In the midst of the Golden State Warriors‘ bid for a third consecutive NBA championship, rumors of Kevin Durant‘s summer free-agency decision has overtaken the spotlight.

The media’s shift in focus has loomed over the Warriors’ locker room and the two-time Finals MVP released his frustration in a postgame rant on Wednesday. Head coach Steve Kerr sympathized with Durant’s angst, but was surprised by his response.

“He’s been in this league a long time, and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t see that coming,” Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game Thursday, according to NBC Sports’ Drew Shiller. “Even though he wasn’t speaking with the media for the last week, I just thought he just needed a break. He was probably tired of all the speculation, and I just thought he’ll eventually get back speaking with the media. I didn’t see any of that coming what happened last night.”

The 10-time All-Star has most commonly been linked to the New York Knicks, and speculation only increased once the team packaged Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks for a pair of expiring contracts, freeing up cap space for two available superstars.

Durant’s free agency has become a lingering issue that caused a feud between him and Draymond Green in November. The constant distraction ultimately led to early-season struggles for Golden State, but they’ve since recovered to win 13 of their last 14.

“Instead of the focus being on the Warriors playing for a third straight title, all the focus seems to be on where everybody’s gonna be playing next year,” Kerr said. “And look, that’s part of the deal – especially if you sign a one-year deal and you’re a superstar and you’re gonna be a free agent – those questions are gonna come.

“There are times where you get upset and you just move on – you keep going.”

The 30-year-old is averaging 27.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and six assists through 53 appearances.

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Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant has been uncharacteristically quiet with reporters since the New York Knicks – a team Durant has been heavily linked to as a potential landing spot in free agency this summer – moved Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks.

Following Golden State’s 141-102 blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, the 30-year-old forward broke his silence and revealed he’s fed up with the way the media has treated him as it pertains to rumors about his future.

“I have nothing to do with the (New York) Knicks. I don’t know who traded (Kristaps) Porzingis. That got nothing to do with me. I’m trying to play basketball,” said Durant, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “Y’all come in here every day asking me about free agency, asking my teammates, my coaches, rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball, that’s all I’m saying.

“Now when I don’t want to talk to y’all, it’s a problem with me. Come on, man. Grow up. Grow up. Yeah, you, grow up. Come on, bro. I come in here and go to work every day. I don’t cause no problems. I play the right way. Well, I try to play the right way. I try to be the best player I can be every possession. What’s the problem? What am I doing to y’all?”

Durant singled out The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss – who recently wrote a story about the forward’s media silence – during his postgame rant. He then continued by implying his relationship with the media is tarnished as a result of his quotes being misrepresented.

“I just don’t trust none of ya’ll,” Durant added. “Every time I say something it gets twisted up and thrown out in so many publications try to tear me down with my words that I say. So when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem. I just want to play ball. I want to go to the gym and go home. That’s all. Is that a problem? Alright, then.”

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The Oakland Raiders won’t share Oracle Park with the San Francisco Giants for the 2019 season as the San Francisco 49ers are not expected to waive their territorial rights to the city, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Raiders were reportedly in talks with the MLB franchise but faced strong pushback from San Francisco’s mayor, London Breed, who said Tuesday she doesn’t want the team to further complicate ongoing traffic problems caused by the construction of the Golden State Warriors’ new arena.

The Raiders’ remaining options are to stay in Oakland or share Levi’s Stadium with the 49ers, according to Rapoport. They are moving to Las Vegas in 2020 but the team is without a stadium deal for 2019.

The initial plan was for the Raiders to stay in Oakland until the relocation, but negotiations were hurt after the city filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the franchise over the upcoming move.

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With stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson hitting free agency this summer, there’s been an unusual sense of uncertainty surrounding the Golden State Warriors.

But regardless of what transpires this offseason, owner Joe Lacob is committed to putting a winning product on the floor, even if it could cost his ownership group more than $300 million per year in salary and luxury-tax costs.

“We can do whatever we want (financially),” Lacob told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “And you should expect that that’s not going to be a reason this team … doesn’t stay great going forward. We have the capital to pay our players what they deserve. And we will. That’s not really the issue. The issue is more about people have to want to play here and it’s on us to make it a great environment.”

The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in signing Durant and freed up a second max contract slot after trading franchise cornerstone Kristaps Porzingis. The Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, have been linked with Thompson.

Lacob remains confident in the culture that the Warriors have built during their dynastic run, but he is prepared to act if either superstar opts to depart the organization.

“I think we’ll continue to have a good team if not a great team and try to hopefully be a title-contending team for as long as we can,” Lacob said. “We’ll be aggressive. Nobody’s going to outspend us. Nobody’s going to outwork us.

“I can’t control what a free agent might do. Logically, I know what they should do, which is stay with us, but I can’t say what they’re going to do, so they’ll do what they’re going to do. And we’ll have contingency plans; if somebody leaves, we’ll do what we’ve gotta do.”

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Could the Los Angeles Lakers create the NBA’s next superteam?

If the Lakers land Anthony Davis and the Golden State Warriors don’t offer Klay Thompson a maximum contract this summer, the two-way shooting guard would turn his attention to joining LeBron James and Davis, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Monday night on “SportsCenter,” citing a source.

Those two variables are obviously significant. Davis doesn’t control his immediate future, and although the five-time All-Star announced on Monday that he’s not interested in re-signing with the New Orleans Pelicans, he’s still under contract with the team until the end of next season.

The Pelicans will undoubtedly work to recoup as much value as possible in a trade. There’s no guarantee the Lakers will capitulate to the Pelicans’ demands, which reportedly include Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, and a first-round pick.

The second contingency is whether the Warriors neglect to offer Thompson, a four-time All-Star, a maximum contract. The potential for that deal hinges on what happens with fellow free agent Kevin Durant. If Durant decides to move on, the Warriors would have more financial flexibility to retain Thompson at a higher salary.

Thompson has long been linked to his hometown of Los Angeles. His father, Mychal Thompson, played a supporting role on two of the Showtime Lakers’ title-winning campaigns in the late 1980s, and he now works as a radio broadcaster covering the team.

Further fueling speculation about an L.A. homecoming, Thompson told reporters in October he thought it was “pretty cool” that James signed with the team this past summer.

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Kevin Durant plans to be in attendance when the Oklahoma City Thunder retire Nick Collison‘s No.4 jersey, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“That group was so special, that whole group from 2010 until I left there, it was special,” Durant told Wojnarowski. “It’s about time for us to let go of all that extra stuff and just come together – especially around this time, because it’s Nick.”

The Thunder are aware of Durant’s intentions and are “glad to accommodate him,” sources told Wojnarowski. The Golden State Warriors star played nine seasons with Collison and credits the veteran forward for helping him in his transition to the league. According to Wojnarowski, Durant emphasized that he continues to think highly of the Thunder organization, Oklahoma City, and the team’s fans after leaving for Golden State in 2016.

The two-time Finals MVP plans to travel from the Warriors’ game on March 19 in Minneapolis to Oklahoma City for Collison’s ceremony on March 20.

Collison announced his retirement this past offseason. He will be the first Thunder player to have their jersey retired.