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Warriors Stephen Curry Jersey

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) indicated Tuesday he’ll likely re-sign with the Golden State Warriors after this season.

“Yes. Yes,” Curry replied to questions whether he’s optimistic about returning to the Warriors. Next offseason will be the two-time reigning NBA MVP’s first time as an unrestricted free agent.

Curry re-signing would be in contrast to decisions made by the other two most recent MVPs, Kevin Durant and LeBron James, who both went elsewhere after their rookie extensions expired. Durant decided to join Curry with the Warriors, while James jumped from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat, only to return to Cleveland in 2014 after four seasons in Miami.

Asked if he’ll consult with Durant on contract matters this season, Curry said, “Maybe, but I’m not going to let it distract me at all.”

“I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that’s it,” he said.

Curry will earn over $12 million this season, less than three of his teammates (Durant, $26.5 million; Klay Thompson, $16.6 million; Draymond Green, $15.3 million). The Warriors intend to make up some of that difference this summer. Depending on where the salary cap falls, Curry’s new deal could net him in excess of $30 million per season.

Curry said he hopes his contract status won’t be an ongoing storyline this season.

“I hope not because we’ll worry about that in the summer. My answer’s not going to be any different all year. So, keep asking me, I won’t have a different one,” he said.

Day 1 of the Warriors’ training camp “was a good day,” Curry said, adding it was “business as usual.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the team’s first practice “very smooth.”

“One of those things you get excited just looking at the different possibilities, number of lineups we can put out there,” Curry said of the talent surrounding him this season.

Womens Kevin Garnett Jersey

If you think of what the NBA was before Kevin Garnett(Kevin Garnett Jersey) arrived, it’s easy to certify the Big Ticket as the most influential player of his generation.

It starts, of course, with him leading the new wave of preps-to-pros players in 1995 when he became the first high school player in 20 years to enter the draft. Kobe Bryant and Jermaine O’Neal followed the next year, and the trend was quickly established. Every subsequent draft had at least one high school player taken in the first round until the NBA put a stop to the practice in 2005.

By then, Garnett had already extended his influence in other ways, most notably when the league came to a halt in 1998 in the first missed games for a work stoppage in NBA history. That lockout marked the culmination of the owners’ extreme reaction to his $126 million contract with the Timberwolves. Fearful of signing players to deals that exceeded the value of their franchises, the owners held the line in negotiations until they added maximum player salaries to the collective bargaining agreement.

That salary ceiling held the line at the top end, but it also paved the way for the formation of superteams in the free-agency era. With the disparity reduced between what the home team and suitors could offer, it both reduced the financial incentive for Garnett to stay with the team that drafted him and enhanced teams’ salary cap wherewithal to add superstars (since an already-present superstar would occupy a smaller portion of the cap).

Then, of course, Garnett’s willingness to leave Minnesota and join the Boston Celtics was the start of the modern arms race in the NBA. Having two players in their prime and on their way to the Hall of Fame was no longer enough. Now it had to be three.

And it wasn’t just that Garnett moved — it’s that he went to the Eastern Conference. Would LeBron James have felt the need to leave Cleveland in 2010 if the Celtics of Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had not defeated the Cavaliers in the playoffs twice in three years?

Maybe LeBron would have come closer to a championship — or won it all — on his own and would have never felt the need to leave in the first place.

The stretch from 2007 to 2010 might not have been the best of Garnett — I’d nominate his 2003-04 MVP season in Minnesota — but it represented his greatest impact. It wasn’t felt only in Boston, where he helped restore the franchise to glory. It was felt around the league. The preps-to-pros path that he cleared was echoed at the highest levels of hoops. Three straight Finals matchups featured high school players on both sides of the marquee: Garnett and Kobe Bryant, plus Dwight Howard. Of course, that was bookended by LeBron James in 2007 and from 2011 to the present.

The owners and front-office executives didn’t want the risk and unpredictability of drafting high school players. That’s why they eliminated the opportunity, with the players union’s compliance. It wasn’t Garnett’s fault that not every teenager could match his standards.

But Garnett should get credit that Kobe and LeBron were able to surpass him. Maybe they would have entered the league after high school regardless (Kobe insists he’d already made up his mind before KG). Garnett’s success removed doubt that they were making the right move.

Both the Lakers and Cavaliers were better off for adding them as soon as they had their high school diplomas in hand.

Garnett altered a decade of drafts. He changed the salary structure. He altered superstar assemblies.

As Garnett exits the NBA, he leaves with LeBron James back in Cleveland as the reigning champion and with Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors to form a super-superteam. Garnett is gone, and he’s never been more relevant.

DeMarcus Ware Broncos Jersey

Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware(DeMarcus Ware Jersey) will undergo surgery Tuesday on his fractured right forearm and is expected to miss four to five weeks, coach Gary Kubiak said Monday.

Ware was cradling his arm as he walked to the sideline with just under 14 minutes to play in the third quarter and was taken to the locker room. The play, an 11-yard scramble by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, was nullified by a holding penalty on Colts tight end Jack Doyle.

Ware missed much of the team’s offseason program, all of training camp and did not play in any of the Broncos’ four preseason games because of back troubles. The Broncos made that move to try to get him to the regular season and planned to regulate his snap count during games to try to keep him healthy.

He missed five games last season with similar back troubles before returning to play well down the stretch and into the postseason. In the season opener against the Carolina Panthers, Ware had 1.5 sacks and played 32 of the defense’s snaps against the Panthers.

Ware went without a tackle Sunday but was credited with an assist and a half-sack, which tied him with Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers for 11th all time in sacks. Their 136 career sacks lead active players.

Elite Sam Bradford Jersey

MINNEAPOLIS — Sam Bradford(Sam Bradford Jersey) is expected be the first quarterback to start for the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, a source told ESPN on Saturday.

Bradford took every first-team snap in practice this week, according to a league source, and he likely will replace Shaun Hill, who led the Vikings to a Week 1 win against the Tennessee Titans.

The Vikings open up their new stadium Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.

Hill threw for 237 yards and didn’t commit a turnover in the Vikings’ 25-16 win against the Titans, but Minnesota gave up a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-rounder for Bradford on Sept. 3 after Teddy Bridgewater tore multiple ligaments in his left knee on a noncontact play on Aug. 30.

Bradford, who formerly played for the Eagles and Rams, has been going through a crash course in the Vikings’ offense, spending early mornings with quarterbacks coach Scott Turner and staying late at the facility. He stayed on the practice field to get extra work with the first-team offense after practices this week.

“I thought Sam is a lot more comfortable with all the communication. I think he’s getting more comfortable,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Thursday. “The most important thing: He’s getting comfortable with our players. Each guy is a little bit different, and I think you get reps with them, and you start getting more comfortable.”

Coach Mike Zimmer would not announce his starting quarterback Friday, saying both Bradford and Hill are ready to play and that the team would reveal its decision Sunday.

Authentic Stephen Curry Jersey

GUANGZHOU, China — Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) finally did it.

Last week, the Golden State Warriors guard watched Game 7 of the NBA Finals from start to finish for the first time since his team lost the series after being up 3 games to 1.

Someone had shown him the last two minutes, he said, and he decided at that point it was time to revisit the game.

“I was a little mad at myself and getting back into the grind of working out for next season,” Curry told ESPN on Saturday, during the second stop of an Asian tour sponsored by Under Armour. “I think it was a good motivator to get back into the gym and keep working.

“I wasn’t 100 percent, but who cares? I was playing. I was out there trying to help my team win and that’s all that really matters. I’ve taken advantage of the summer to get right and I still have a little bit of work to go.”

Curry spent the day in Guangzhou hosting a basketball clinic with the city’s best high school players, and taking part in a consumer event where 1,500 locals — many decked out in Warriors gear and Curry’s signature shoes — watched him do his famous warm-up drill and knock down shots from half court.

Though the past was on Curry’s mind last week, the two-time defending league MVP is also focused on a future that involves bringing Kevin Durant into the mix to join Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

“I honestly don’t think there could be any more pressure than we had last year,” Curry said. “Coming off a championship, winning 73 games and being expected to win another [title], obviously it didn’t happen. It’s going to be a different vibe because it’s a different team and different dynamics with different players with KD joining us. … We have probably six or seven new guys.”

Curry is amused by the narrative that LeBron James, by bringing the title to his native Cleveland, became the hero while the Warriors — after signing Durant — became the villains.

“I kind of laugh at that,” Curry said. “Obviously how the Finals ended [and] what happened, that’s sports. That’s what you love about it. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. Obviously it stinks to not win, but playing for a championship for two years in a row has been an amazing, amazing journey and I don’t think it’s over.

“All that narrative around our team, how people view us, doesn’t really matter to us. We are who we are and we’re championship contenders going forward.”

After Durant signed with the Warriors, Thompson insisted that he wasn’t changing his game to accommodate the team’s newest addition. Curry says he won’t either, which won’t be a surprise to Durant.

“It won’t change at all,” Curry said. “That’s the reason KD joined — knowing we weren’t going to sacrifice anything, that we all have to be ourselves to make things work. There will be some adjustments when it comes to the in-game flow and how we work together, but for us to be who we’re supposed to be, we all have to kind of elevate ourselves.”

Curry, who is in the final year of a four-year, $44 million deal, will once again be the fifth-highest paid player on the team. That’s something he said he’s at peace with.

“I told myself, when I made the decision to sign for what I did back in the day, that I’m blessed to take care of my family for what it was,” Curry said. “And there would probably be a situation, if I played the way I was supposed to coming off that contract, that I could be underpaid or whatever. But at the end of the day, it would all come around and we won the championship and good things happened.”

While Curry said it took a while to flush away the pain of losing to the Cavs in the Finals, he did say that overcoming the criticism on social media during that time was easily dealt with.

Curry’s wife, Ayesha, who has a budding career as a celebrity chef with a cookbook and national cooking show on the way, said after Game 6 that the game was “rigged.” She quickly apologized.

Curry, who co-owns a social media company called Slyce and has nearly 20 million followers combined on Instagram and Twitter, joked afterward that he might have to shut off the Wi-Fi in his house.

“Since the Finals, you can get wrapped up in the backlash, if you will, of what happened,” Curry said. “I’m not going to be a prisoner of the moment and get sensitive and whatnot, and I don’t think she is either. It is what it is, but we enjoy just being ourselves. There’s nothing other than that. Social media is a great way to share what’s going on and have fun with your life.”

Curry also endured some criticism for his Under Armour “Chef” shoe that debuted during the Finals — a low-cut, plain white shoe that was ridiculed as being a sneaker for nurses or dads.

He revealed for the first time Saturday that he was ready to wear them for Game 4, but was talked out of it by Warriors general manager Bob Myers and his agent Jeff Austin, who were concerned about the low cut given Curry’s history of ankle issues.