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All it takes is one semi-provocative question and the answer, tongue in cheek or undiluted candor, can light the fuse to the 24-hour news cycle.
It’s the way of the new millennium world.
Stephen Curry was this week’s most notable sports "victim" whose statement -– or sound bite, if you prefer -– was shamelessly sensationalized in pursuit of web hits.
Nonetheless, I’d like to thank Brother Splash for unwittingly contributing to this week’s Friday Five. Let’s get on with it.
1) Curry’s "spicy" assertion
Asking the Warriors point guard to compare himself to LeBron James, as radio talk-show host Dan Patrick did, was innocuous enough. Patrick and Curry and the listening audience all know LeBron is the No. 1 player in the league.
But Curry, bless his soul, did not take the high road. Speaking while tickling himself, he said he was a better offensive player than James.
Steph is a better shooter, in every way, but that’s where his victory ends. The stats, as well as the stats within the stats, say LeBron is more productive on offense.
Anybody who took Steph’s words seriously got "played." Giggling at the dramatic reaction, Curry tweeted, in essence, that the joke was on you. Steph has a sly sense of humor, and this was just a slight glimpse of it.
2) Boogie the "drama queen"
Hours after falling to the floor in agony, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins says he’s fine and he plans to continue his bid to make the roster for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. He banged his right knee, but an MRI showed no structural damage.
"I hope he is just being a drama queen," Kings teammate Rudy Gay told my man Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports after Boogie was assisted into the locker room of the Chicago gym where the team held its first practice since Pacers star Paul George sustained a severe leg injury last week.
Boogie milking the moment? Nah. Boogie seeking attention? Noooo. Pardon my skepticism, but Cousins now has a convenient excuse if he fails to make the team.
3) Old man and his temper (allegedly)
Greg Oden was the first player taken in the 2007 NBA draft, with somebody named Kevin Durant going No. 2. Their careers have taken opposite paths, with Durant rising to megastar status while Oden’s body consistently fracturing and shattering –- perhaps because he’s 56 years old, despite a driver’s license birth year of 1988.
I felt a measure of sympathy for Oden –- until this week. The 7-footer was arrested for battery after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face, drawing blood and causing swelling. He says it was inadvertent, an accident in the heat of the moment.
Either way, Greg, you physically battered a woman. That ought to be a zero tolerance crime for everybody, including NBA commissioner Adam Silver?
4) PG-13: The new definition
For 46 years, the term PG-13 has been assigned to certain movies in the United States. The alphanumerical term now belongs to a man, who came by it honorably.
Pacers star Paul George decided to change his jersey number from 24 to 13. His initials and number create a naturally catchy nickname: PG-13. And, yes, that’s the primary reason behind the switch.
Moreover, PG-13 voluntarily purchased all the old No. 24 jerseys and donated them to his high school, Knight High in Palmdale.
For the superstitious: George’s number switch wasn’t official until after he sustained that gruesome compound fracture during a Team USA scrimmage.
So don’t blame triskaidekaphobia.
5) A new era in L.A. Can I get a hallelujah?!
Donald Sterling’s greedy, mottled hands have been pried off the Clippers once and for all. It’s long overdue for this human stain waving a fat checkbook.
I don’t know much about this Steve Ballmer guy, other than his checkbook is hefty enough to write a $2 billion check. The new owner made his bank at Microsoft, which means he knows how to make an entrance.
Ballmer wrote a letter to Clippers fans thanking them for their support and calling the franchise "a public trust." Wonderful. He’s inviting everyone to a Fan Festival Monday (Aug. 18) afternoon at Staples Center. I hope Magic Johnson shows up.