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Stephen Curry has signed on to executive produce a documentary about the 2015 Charleston church shooting in which nine African-Americans were killed by a white supremacist.

The Golden State Warriors star and his company Unanimous Media are part of a team of producers that includes Academy Award winner Viola Davis and her husband, Julian Tennon, according to Variety’s Todd Spangler.

“Emanuel,” named after the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where the shooting took place, features interviews with survivors and the victims’ family members. It was made in partnership with the city of Charleston and the affected families.

“‘Emanuel’ is an incredibly powerful film and we’re honored to come on board as executive producers,” Curry said in a statement. “The documentary highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together, and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness. Stories like this are the reason we created Unanimous and entered the entertainment space.”

Curry is also an executive producer on two upcoming faith-based movies, “Breakthrough” and “Church Hoppers.”

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has long been critical of president Donald Trump and his practices. With a number of improvised explosive devices having recently been sent to media, politicians, and others who have openly opposed Trump, Kerr is a tad worried for his own safety as a potential target.

“Concerned for myself? A little bit,” Kerr said prior to his Warriors taking on the New York Knicks Friday night, according to the Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov. “I think we should all be concerned. No matter who you are, you need to be concerned.

“Not just with the bombs but just somebody shooting you. The country we live in these days, innocent people get killed, innocent people get shot. It’s a dangerous time to be alive.”

Florida native Cesar Sayoc was arrested Friday and charged with five federal crimes, including illegal mailing of explosives, interstate transportation of an explosive, and threats against former presidents and others, according to CNN.

“It’s really sad,” Kerr added Friday. “It speaks to where things are in our political atmosphere, but, no, I have not [received any suspicious mail].”

When Kerr was 18 years old, his father, Malcolm Kerr, was shot twice in the head and killed by alleged members of Islamic Jihad outside of his office in Beirut in 1984.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard last year, Kerr referred to Trump as a “blowhard” who “couldn’t be more ill-suited” to be POTUS. When Trump rescinded an invitation to the 2017 champion Warriors to attend the White House, Kerr suggested that Trump should be bringing the country together and not dividing its people.

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has an idea about why scores around the NBA have been so high to start the 2018-19 regular season: The referees are quick to blow their whistles at the slightest indication of a foul.

“It’s been called pretty tight,” Green surmised after Sunday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “We were told that. Defense isn’t really an emphasis anymore in this league. So I think you’re seeing it all around the league with these high scores. We know what the emphasis is. Just got to be better and we haven’t done that in three games. Maybe we win two of them, but it caught us tonight.”

For his part, Green, the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year, has been whistled for fouls at a career-high rate through three games – up to 4.3 per contest from a career average of 2.8. In each of Green’s past two outings, he’s gone to the brink of ejection by accruing five personal fouls. The 28-year-old totaled five personal fouls in just eight of his 70 regular-season appearances last season.

While Green said some of the calls against the Warriors this season have been questionable, he also admitted the team is culpable for some decisions on defense that “are just dumb as hell.”

“We got to be smarter,” Green conceded. “We can’t sit there and act like every foul call on us is wrong throughout the course of the game. The officials are going to get some wrong, that’s just the nature of the beast, they’re human, that’s the game we play. To clean that up, to combat that, we can’t have the stupid ones because what they do is an inexact science. So they’re not going to get them all right, how do you combat that? Clean up our defense, stop using our hands as much, stop reaching. And right now we’re not doing a good job of that.”

The Golden State Warriors have revolutionized the NBA over the last half-decade, winning three titles in four years. But winning another one in 2019 will have special meaning to the team, as this is their last campaign playing at Oakland’s venerable Oracle Arena.

“We want to do it for the fans of Oakland,” Klay Thompson said Sunday, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “Been so loyal to us for 40-plus years, whatever it’s been since they’ve been in Oracle … it’s leaving a big legacy behind in Oakland because people might not get to see us as much in San Francisco.”

The Warriors will move across the Bay Bridge to the Chase Center next season, a shift that has left many of the team’s longtime East Bay fans disillusioned.

Steve Kerr alluded to the special home court advantage that the Dubs have built in Oakland. They’re 143-21 there in the regular season since Kerr took over as coach in 2014. They also won 16 straight playoff home games between 2017-18.

“It is bittersweet,” Kerr said. “It’s hard to replicate an atmosphere like Oracle’s. I think back to the Boston Garden, going to the new Garden. The old Chicago Stadium where I played to the new one. It’s hard to create that same sort of intimacy when you’re building a new arena with suites and concourses and everything else.”

The Warriors originally settled in San Francisco after moving to California in 1962, but began playing games in Oakland in 1966 – moving there permanently in 1971.

Draymond Green considers himself the best trash-talker in the NBA, but he’s also learned that there are some players who can’t be rattled by his words.

That group includes NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant.

“The guy I’d never waste my breath on? Tim Duncan,” Green said in a wide-ranging interview with Sam Alipour of ESPN The Magazine. “As a rookie, I tried talking junk to Tim, and he was like a tree staring back at me. No expression. I said, ‘All right. It’s over.’ Never talked junk to him again. After that, anytime he fell, I’d be the first person to help him up, like I was his teammate.

“I also tried talking junk to Kobe, maybe my second year. On a potential game winner, Mark Jackson put me in to guard him, and I got the stop. I said, ‘Yeah, I’m locking that s— up!’ He looked at me like I was crazy and said, ‘That miss ain’t got nothing to do with you. Sit down.’ I said, ‘Oh, s—! All right, I’m out.'”

The Golden State Warriors star also spoke about some of the most common misconceptions people have about him.

“I think I’m perceived as a prick. Which is funny to me,” he said. “I’m OK with you thinking I’m a prick because that means you 100 percent don’t know me.”

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has likely carved out a Hall of Fame career in just 11 seasons as a professional. However, it’s easy to forget the superstar began his NBA tenure with the Seattle Supersonics in 2007 – the final year of their existence.

The franchise relocated to Oklahoma City after 41 years in Seattle and rebranded as the Thunder, but the two-time NBA champion believes the team’s former home deserves a club of its own.

“For sure,” Durant said, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “Most definitely. It’s a basketball city. It’s a sports town. … They have a good representation of basketball in the NBA from Seattle-born players, Washington state-born players. And I feel like that whole brand deserves an NBA team. Just like the Golden State Warriors deserve a team or the Los Angeles Lakers deserve a team, Seattle is that same way. (A team) has that same type of impact in the community.”

The Warriors All-Star was drafted by Seattle, landing Rookie of the Year honors in his lone season in the city. He then led a young Thunder team to the NBA Finals in 2012, won four scoring titles, and was named the 2014 NBA MVP.

“I couldn’t have any hurt (about the move),” Durant said. “I had no control over (the situation). Obviously, I look back on it and picture what it would have been like to live there and play there, but I had no control. I spent some great, great years in Oklahoma City, and that path was perfect for me. But I still got a connection with the Northwest area, always going up there with Nike in Portland, making trips to Seattle here and there, just knowing that I’m always going to be a Sonic. I think no matter what jersey I put on, I think those fans know that.”

Team owner and Oklahoma City native Clay Bennett purchased the Supersonics in 2006 for approximately $350 million. He chose to relocate to his hometown after he was denied the funds to erect a new arena in Seattle.

Kevin Durant changed the basketball landscape when he spurned the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors in 2016, firmly solidifying their spot as the NBA’s best team.

His choice to sign with a 73-win team has been met with constant criticism, even after two NBA championships and Finals MVP awards. But Durant learned that the best way to fight the negative perception of him is to be upfront and proud of his decision.

“Just be honest,” Durant said, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I was honest with my decision, but just like outwardly if people ask me about it, don’t be ashamed to talk about why I decided to move teams and switch teams because it’s not the end of the world. I didn’t do anything against the law, you know what I’m saying? That’s what I thought happened the first time.”

Durant tends to wear his heart on his sleeve, willingly engaging in Twitter and Instagram arguments with fans or even fellow NBA players who weren’t too pleased with his decision to sign with Golden State. The criticism, evidently, is null because of the comfort and camaraderie the 2014 MVP has built with the Warriors.

“It’s just where I want to play ball at, where I’m most comfortable, where I feel most at home, and I feel at home here,” Durant added. “I feel like I belong here. I feel like I mix with this team, I mesh with this team well. With that being said, I really don’t know what’s going to happen this summer. But I really, really feel like a part of this team. We got two banners up there, my picture’s around here somewhere so I feel like I’m a part of this thing – but at the end of the day, we’re staying in the moment.”

Durant signed a two-year, $61.5-million deal to return to Oakland earlier this summer. The second year is a player option which he is expected to opt out of to once again become a free agent in 2019.