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Merkley Announces Legislation Passed to Ban Export of Crowd Control Munitions to Hong Kong

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed Senator Merkley's bipartisan legislation, which follows reports that U.S.-made equipment has been used by Hong Kong police to violate the human rights of peaceful protesters

Why the Nation Should Screen All Students for Trauma Like California Does

Surgeon General of California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is pushing an unprecedented plan to implement universal screenings for childhood trauma within the state’s schools

Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act Introduced

In honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Merkley, Brown, Reed, Van Hollen introduced legislation to extend financial protections for servicemembers to veterans and consumers

Home Base Keeps More Than 400 Families in Their Homes in Seattle

The United Way of King County program aims to reduce homelessness by preventing evictions

NEWS BRIEFS

New Oregon Group Is Tackling Opioid Misuse and Addiction

809 Oregonians died as a result of an opioid-related drug overdose between 2015-2017 ...

Rose Festival Opens Label Art Contest to Entire Community

Cash prize for winning submission that best depicts festival theme: 2020 Rose Vision ...

Smithsonian Magazine Announces the 2019 American Ingenuity Awards Honorees

The Annual American Ingenuity Awards honor individuals who are transforming American culture ...

Noodle Dish at Portland Public Schools One of Best School Meals in US

Food Management, a news organization dedicated to noncommercial food service, has named PPS’s yakisoba noodles the nation’s top...

Clark College names new VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rashida Willard leads college equity work supporting students, faculty and staff ...

US Catholic Church boards reviewing sex abuse fail victims

The U.S. Catholic Church pushed what it called a key reform to address its exploding clergy sex abuse scandal almost two decades ago: Mandatory review boards with lay people in each diocese to review the claims of victims fairly and kindly.But It often hasn’t worked that way, an Associated...

2 dead, 1 hurt in Klamath Falls shooting; 1 arrested

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Police say two men were killed and one was injured in a shooting in Klamath Falls and that a woman has been arrested.The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office says police responded to a shooting at Fairview Park at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.Two men were...

College Football Picks: Scoreboard watching for CFP hopefuls

Pac-12 powers No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Utah are on the road this weekend, trying to continue their march to a mega-meeting with huge playoff ramifications in the conference championship game next month.They should also both be keeping an eye on the Big 12, where No. 8 Oklahoma is looming. And, of...

All-America Watch: Florida’s Pitts one of nation’s top TEs

It was midway through the third quarter last Saturday, and Missouri had just cut Florida’s lead to 13-6, when Gators quarterback Kyle Trask dropped back and saw Kyle Pitts down the right sideline.Trask heaved the ball and Pitts, the big and rangy tight end, grabbed it along with Tigers...

OPINION

Illinois Prison Bans Black History Books

Officials claim the works are ‘racial’ ...

5 Ways Life Would be Better if it Were Always Daylight Saving Time

A Professor from the University of Washington says DST saves lives and energy and prevents crime ...

Importance of Educators of Color for Black and Brown Students

A new report examines the ways that school leaders of color’s experiences and perspectives influence how they build school culture ...

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed by Police Officer in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson, a biology graduate who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was contemplating becoming a doctor, lived a life of purpose that mattered ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year.The faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

BERLIN (AP) — About one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west, according to a survey released Thursday.The poll of 14 European countries, done for the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found...

The Latest: Biden flubs reference to black female senator

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local):___11:05 p.m.Joe Biden has incorrectly said during the Democratic presidential debate that he has the support of the “only African American woman ever elected to the Senate.”That drew a response...

ENTERTAINMENT

Susan Choi, Sarah M. Broom win National Book Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise,” in which a high school romance is spun out into a web of memories and perspectives, has won the National Book Award for fiction.Sarah M. Broom’s family memoir “The Yellow House” won in nonfiction...

15 Grammy facts: Michelle Obama in, Bruce Springsteen out

Fifteen things worth noting about Wednesday’s nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards, from snubbed singers to the comeback kids._______SNUBBING SPRINGSTEENBruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” didn’t shine bright enough for the Grammy Awards.The rock legend’s...

Apple cancels premiere of ‘The Banker’ over ‘concerns’

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival.In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of “some...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

US schools try to diversify mainly white teaching ranks

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — It wasn’t until she became a high school senior that Kayla Ireland had...

Phony `fact check’ account on Twitter raises new concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The deception was easy to pull off and came with barely any...

Pope Francis calls for action to safeguard women, children

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis called for migrants to be welcomed and for women and children to be protected...

Colombia protesters hope to channel wave of discontent

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians angry with conservative President Iván Duque are hoping to channel...

Esper doesn’t regret delaying drills, despite N. Korea snub

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday he does not regret postponing a...

Phony `fact check’ account on Twitter raises new concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The deception was easy to pull off and came with barely any...

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Steph Curry
Omar Tyree, The Black Athlete

I’ve lived in Charlotte, N.C. with my family now for the past 15 years and owned season tickets to the Bobcats games for the first three seasons of the new basketball franchise. In a small, communal city like Charlotte, we all know the sons and daughters of the professional athletes in basketball as well as from the Carolina Panthers football team. A decade ago, I missed a chance to see young Stephen Curry play in person at his father Dell Curry’s Bojangles High School Basketball Tournament, featuring nationally ranked teams, because Steph’s local Charlotte Christian team was not ranked high enough to make it into the national draw at his dad’s tournament.

At the time, Steph Curry was an average-sized point guard at 6 foot with a slim, lightweight frame and average projections. Curry couldn’t even get a scholarship offer to his mom and dad’s alma mater, Virginia Tech. He signed with the local Davidson University Wildcats in 2006. That’s when Steph’s exciting transformation began.

Understanding the Curry pedigree, Davidson Head Coach Bob McKillop moved Steph off the ball and allowed him to use more of his long-range shooting as an undersized 2-guard at 6 foot 1. With a green light as a freshman, Curry helped Davidson to a 29-5 record, winning the Division 1 Southern Conference with a 21.5-point average a game and the conference MVP Award, while breaking a national 3-point shot record for a freshman. He came in second in freshman scoring in the nation that year behind Kevin Durant at Texas. Curry then dropped 30 on a fourth-seated Maryland team in an 82-70 loss in the opening round of the NCAA tournament – a game that I got to watch on national TV – and a new star was born.

In his sophomore year, Steph Curry grew two more inches to his current height of 6 foot 3 with all eyes on him at a little-regarded Mid-Major college. Curry stepped up his scoring average to 25.5 points a game for a 26-6 Davidson record, going 20-0 in the Southern Conference, where every Davidson game was sold-out with fans eager to see the scoring phenom.

Curry did not disappoint, leading his Wildcats team to another NCAA tournament, where he dropped 40 on Gonzaga, hitting 8 out of 10 on his 3s in an 82-76 win. His team went on to beat the mighty Georgetown Hoyas and Roy Hibbert in a 74-70 comeback win after trailing by 17 points. Rolling forward, Davidson demolished a third-seated Wisconsin team 73-56 behind 33 points from Curry, with the sensational sophomore breaking more scoring and 3-point records along the way.

By the Elite Eight game against Kansas his sophomore year, the whole world was watching Curry as his Davidson Wildcats pushed the Jayhawks to the wall in a nail-biting, 59-57 loss, where Curry dropped another 25.

After winning a half-dozen collegiate awards and recognitions, Curry returned his junior year as a solidified collegiate star with NBA conversations on whether he could still play the point guard position at the professional level. So Curry slid back over to his initial position at the point to prepare himself for the NBA.

Failing to reach the NCAA tournament in his junior year, Curry averaged 28.6 points a game with a pair of 44-point games and ended his college career after an 80-68 loss to Saint Mary’s Gaels and Patty Mills in the 2009 NIT Tournament. Curry hit another 26 in final college game.

Snatched up by the Golden State Warriors in the seventh round of the 2009 NBA draft, we all knew that Steph Curry could shoot, but few of us saw him as a budding superstar. He looked more like a designated scorer, who still needed to bulk up. Curry could barely guard anyone in the league, outside of stealing a few loose balls in transition and such. Nevertheless, his ability to shoot solidified him as an up and coming NBA star, even getting invitations to play on the USA World Cup teams, winning gold medals in 2010 and again in 2014.

After struggling through a few early NBA seasons with ankle injuries, team chemistry issues, an All-Star snub, and a fired inspirational coach, who guided the Warriors to two consecutive playoff runs, Curry set the league on fire this year with the best team record, his first 3-point shooting title at the NBA All-Star weekend, and the grand daddy of them all, the MVP Award of the entire NBA. Not only that, Curry’s young Warriors team, with their baby face new coach, Steve Kerr, are in the running to win the NBA title this year.

 

Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction, and a professional journalist, who has published 27 books, including co-authoring Mayor For Life; The Incredible Story of Marion Barry Jr. View more of his career and work @www.OmarTyree.com

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