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Steve Kerr knows a thing or two about winners.

Kerr won five NBA titles as a player – three alongside Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls and two playing for legendary San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich – and has since captured three more championships as the head coach of the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

He’s also an avid tennis fan, so when Kerr is asked to draw parallels between tennis great Roger Federer and one of the legendary basketball players he’s had the chance to work with, you listen.

Beyond their personalities, Federer and Curry share another thing in common: the ability to collect hardware at an incredible rate. The 37-year-old Swiss maestro has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments in his storied career – including five US Open crowns; Curry has won three NBA titles, two MVP trophies, and has been named an All-Star in each of the past five seasons.

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Safe money has the reigning two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors and loaded Boston Celtics on a collision course for the 2018-19 title.

The Warriors are coming off their third title in four years and acquired All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins this summer on a cheap one-year contract.

Boston, meanwhile, is expected to have Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward at close to 100 percent health for the start of training camp. Without two of their leaders, the team still managed to get within one victory of an NBA Finals berth last season.

The Toronto Raptors made the most noticeable jump, thanks in large part to their blockbuster acquisition of two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard.

TEAM JUNE 9 JULY 6 SEPT. 3
Golden State Warriors 6/5 4/7 1/2
Boston Celtics 7/1 9/2 5/1
Houston Rockets 7/2 13/2 7/1
Los Angeles Lakers 12/1 5/1 12/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1 60/1 12/1
Philadelphia 76ers 7/2 14/1 14/1
Oklahoma City Thunder 60/1 60/1 30/1
Utah Jazz 60/1 80/1 80/1
Indiana Pacers 100/1 100/1 80/1
San Antonio Spurs 30/1 80/1 100/1
New Orleans Pelicans 80/1 100/1 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1 200/1 100/1
Denver Nuggets 100/1 200/1 100/1
Milwaukee Bucks 100/1 100/1 100/1
Washington Wizards 100/1 100/1 100/1
Miami Heat 50/1 200/1 200/1
Portland Trail Blazers 80/1 100/1 200/1
Los Angeles Clippers 100/1 300/1 300/1

Stephen Curry plies his trade in the historically male-dominated field of professional athletics, but the Golden State Warriors superstar is quick to acknowledge the profound impact that women have had on his life.

Now the father of two girls – as well as a newborn boy – Curry’s perspective on gender equality continues to come into greater focus as he reconciles the hopes and dreams of his children with the numerous barriers that face women today.

“Riley and Ryan are growing up so fast,” Curry explained in an essay for The Players’ Tribune published Sunday, coinciding with Women’s Equality Day. “And with Ayesha and I suddenly seeing things through the eyes of these daughters of ours, who we brought into this world, and now are raising to live in this world … you know, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the idea of women’s equality has become a little more personal for me, lately, and a little more real.”

Curry continues to look for ways to challenge and change perspectives of what is attainable for young women. This summer, he launched a a youth basketball camp for girls, pairing on-court tutelage with off-court presentations where the 200 attendees were able to ask questions to successful women in business.

Among the numerous issues on Curry’s mind, he wrote that income inequality was a chief concern.

“I think it’s important that we all come together to figure out how we can make that possible, as soon as possible,” wrote Curry. “Not just as ‘fathers of daughters,’ or for those sorts of reasons. And not just on Women’s Equality Day. Every day – that’s when we need to be working to close the pay gap in this country.

“Because every day is when the pay gap is affecting women. And every day is when the pay gap is sending the wrong message to women about who they are, and how they’re valued, and what they can or cannot become.”

Of course he’d never leave.

Stephen Curry has set endless records during his nine-year tenure with the Golden State Warriors and won three of the last four NBA championships. The two-time MVP joined “The Bill Simmons Podcast” this week and discussed whether or not he wants to end his career in the Bay Area.

“For sure I do,” Curry told Simmons. “This is home. This is where I want to be, for obvious reasons.”

Curry grew up in the Charlotte area where his father, Dell, played for the Hornetsfor 10 seasons. The 30-year-old superstar went to high school in Charlotte and attended Davidson college in North Carolina for three years before forgoing his senior season for the 2009 NBA Draft.

Despite his old connection to the city, Curry has no desire to return to the East, citing his love for the Oakland area.

“I love the Bay Area, man,” Curry added. “The only reason I go home now is if my sister’s getting married or to go play the Hornets for that one game, so I haven’t really been back much. I haven’t put my mind there.”

Curry was drafted No. 7 overall by the Warriors and has become one of the game’s most electric players, recording four of the top-five 3-point shooting seasons in NBA history.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was seeking a reunion with old friend DeMarcus Cousins in D.C. before the big man opted to head west and join the Golden State Warriors.

Coming off a torn Achilles that ended his 2017-18 campaign in January, Cousins was testing a quiet free-agent market to little avail when Wall attempted to lure his former Kentucky teammate to Washington. However, Boogie’s recovery timeline complicated the logistics of it ever panning out

“At the time I (thought we needed a center who could play right (away), Wall told Ben Standig of The Sports Capitol. “Nine times out of 10 (Cousins) is not going to be ready at the beginning of the season. I think we need a guy who can be a starting center right now.”

Cousins isn’t expected to return to the court for a while, and the Wizards ultimately agreed to a two-year, $11-million deal with veteran center Dwight Howard.

Before his injury last season, Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, and five assists across 48 games. He signed a one-year deal with the back-to-back champion Warriors worth $5.3 million.

Even after LeBron James‘ arrival on the West Coast, Draymond Green isn’t sweating the potential emergence of the Los Angeles Lakers as a threat to the Golden State Warriors‘ dynasty.

“Teams worry about us. We don’t worry about nobody. We are the champs. Why do we have to worry about anybody? They have to worry about us. They say we are ruining the league. I love it!” Green told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.

Green, of course, has plenty of head-to-head experience against James, having faced off against the King and his former Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the last four NBA Finals.

The Lakers haven’t been a threat to anyone of late, let alone the three-time champion Warriors. Los Angeles hasn’t won a playoff series since 2012 and has failed to finish above .500 in each of the past five seasons.

On top of winning the LeBron sweepstakes, the Lakers also added Rajon RondoLance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley to strengthen their case to make noise in a stacked Western Conference that also features the 65-win Houston Rockets.

The NBA’s slate of Christmas Day games this season will reportedly include an Eastern Conference playoff rematch and the King donning new colors to square off with his fiercest rivals once again.

On Dec. 25, the Boston Celtics will battle the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden, and LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers visit the Bay Area to take on the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, league sources told the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

The Portland Trail Blazers will also hit the road to face the Utah Jazz, and the Houston Rockets will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Tim MacMahon.

The league will release its national television schedule for Christmas, the first week of the 2018-19 regular season, and Martin Luther King Day on Wednesday.

Boston had Philadelphia’s number in the second round, taking their best-of-seven series in five games before falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.

New York has played a league-record 52 times on Christmas, with an overall mark of 22-30 (.423). It was in 1977 when Milwaukee last took the floor on Dec. 25 – the longest gap of any team to have played at least once on the holiday.

The Trail Blazers haven’t competed on Christmas since 2010 in a losing effort to the Warriors, while Utah has been held out since 1997.

The Rockets-Thunder matchup is a rematch from last year’s slate, which Oklahoma City took at Chesapeake Energy Arena by five points. Carmelo Anthony switches sides this time around, as the 10-time All-Star reportedly came to a verbal agreement to sign with Houston on Tuesday.

While with Cleveland last season, James came out on the losing end against Golden State in the Finals for the third time in four tries, this time via a clean sweep. 2018 would mark the fourth campaign in a row that a James-led squad will face the Warriors on Dec. 25.

The Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies are the only franchises that have yet to play on Christmas.