Stephen Curry reportedly was part of Giants’ outing against Aaron Judge

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Stephen Curry is one of the most famous athletes in the world. This undoubtedly makes him the biggest star in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the Warriors, 49ers, Giants, Athletics, and every professional team in between, no active athlete in that area is more beloved than Curry.

But the Finals MVP can’t carry that mantle forever. Curry is 34 years old, and he’ll be 35 before this season is over. Before you know it, someone younger and hotter is coming along to impress the Bay Area.

Carrie might recruit this person.

Arguably the biggest star in Major League Baseball, AL MVP Aaron Judge is a free agent and makes trips to visit prospective teams. One of those teams is the one he grew up for, the San Francisco Giants.

Judge had a two-day visit with the Giants this week, and according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovich, Curry has been part of the team’s home court. Reportedly, the Giants put one player in touch with the other, and it really was a shot worth catching. I mean, if Curry can convince Kevin Durant to join the team that beat him, why not try?

Curry wouldn’t say this (or believe it), but the Warriors might be on their way to coming out as a perennial title contender. Even Steve Kerr admitted that the essence of the tournament is in the “final stages”.

Judge isn’t exactly a spring chicken in his 30s, but he’s coming off his best season and likely has a few more years of MVP caliber ahead of him. If he joins the Giants and raises him back to contender status as the Warriors decline, he’ll capture the hearts of Bay Area fans just in the nick of time.

It would be another thing these fans have to thank Carey for.

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If you stayed up late enough to catch the Lakers Sun finale on Tuesday, you likely saw Patrick Beverley get fired for pressing hard on Deandre Ayton.

Devin Booker was asked about the push after the match and said Beverly needed to “stop shoving people in the back,” and you’ll likely remember when Beverley did something similar to Chris Paul a year ago.

This really should have been not a story, because everyone did what they were supposed to do. When pushing Beverley Ayton, he was standing up for a younger teammate and setting some much needed boundaries as to what the Lakers would and wouldn’t tolerate — even if it meant he had to be fired.

And when Booker called up Beverly, he was also defending his teammates.

But fans don’t forget, so they reappeared as Booker shoved LA player Dennis Schroeder in the air…not in the chest. Somehow, Booker came on the wrong end of something he had absolutely no involvement with.

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Dallas Mavericks (+150) at Boston Celtics (-4.5, -185), O/U 218.5, 7:30 p.m. ET

The reason you watch this game is because it has two of my top three favorite players right now, Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum. Doncic leads the league in scoring with 33.5 points per game, but tied his season-low 22 points the last time he played Dallas. That was Sunday. With a little relief coming into this, I think Doncic bounces back and helps the Mavs cover the road.

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