War­riors get to smack back at Cava­liers

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - Com­piled by Jeff Halpern

A year ago, af­ter the Cleve­land Cava­liers over­came a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Fi­nals to beat the Golden State War­riors for their first NBA ti­tle, they couldn’t help rub the War­riors noses in it.

For ex­am­ple, af­ter the Cava­liers landed in Cleve­land, Cavs su­per­star LeBron James was hold­ing the NBA Fi­nals tro­phy wear­ing a T-shirt that said, “Ul­ti­mate War­rior.”

The Cava­liers had Hal­loween cook­ies made in the shape of a tomb­stone that said, “Klay Thomp­son 2015-2016” and “Stephen Curry 2015-2016.”

James held a Hal­loween party that fea­tured a dec­o­ra­tion that com­mem­o­rated the 3-1 lead the War­riors blew. Af­ter the Cava­liers de­feated the War­riors 109-108 on Christ­mas day, they had a party that fea­tured a Curry dummy that guests had to step over.

This year, with the War­riors de­feat­ing the Cava­liers 4 games to 1 for their sec­ond NBA ti­tle in three years, Curry couldn’t re­sist get­ting a few jabs at the Cava­liers.

On a tour in Seoul, South Korea, on Thurs­day, af­ter a fan in a War­riors’ jersey made a half­court shot and showed off some of Curry’s cel­e­bra­tions, Curry quickly took the fan’s James’ Nike sig­na­ture sneak­ers off, threw them to the side and re­placed them with Curry’s Un­der Ar­mour shoes and signed them.

Sat­ur­day night at for­mer team­mate Har­ri­son Barnes’ wed­ding in New­port, R.I., where dis­grun­tled Cava­liers guard Kyrie Irv­ing was a grooms­man, Curry was seen mock­ing James’ dance moves and James lift­ing weights while Irv­ing, who has asked to be traded, was seen laugh­ing off to the side.

How will things play out with th­ese ri­vals? Will Irv­ing still be around next sea­son. Will the War­riors keep jab­bing at the Cavs just like the Cavs jabbed at them the year be­fore.

Judge’s high price

New York Yan­kees right fielder Aaron Judge leads the Amer­i­can League in home runs (33), walks (73), slug­ging per­cent­age (.638) and OPS (1.067) and re­cently won the Home Run Derby the day be­fore the All-Star Game at Mar­lins Park in Mi­ami.

His jer­seys are now the hottest seller in auc­tions.

Sun­day, the jersey he wore in Ma­jor League de­but on Aug. 13, 2016, was sold at an auc­tion for $157,366. The win­ning bid held by Steiner Sports rep­re­sents the high­est price paid for any jersey worn in the four ma­jor U.S. pro sports leagues the past 15 years. It topped the $135,060 paid last month for the jersey worn by Stephen Curry in Game 3 of this year’s NBA Fi­nals.

Judge’s de­but jersey, in fact, sold for more than the bat Mickey Man­tle used in the 1957 All-Star Game, which went for $135,332 on Sun­day.

It also sur­passed the $45,578 price tag placed on the jersey Judge wore when he hit his first ca­reer grand slam on May 28.

In ad­di­tion, ear­lier this month, a Judge-signed rookie card sold for more than $14,000 on eBay.

Mem­ory Lane, Inc., a vin­tage base­ball card auc­tion com­pany, ac­quired a Judge-used Class-AA uni­form that it is hop­ing to sell for $25,000.

AP file photo

Cleve­land Cava­liers guard Kyrie Irv­ing at­tended Dal­las Mav­er­icks for­ward Har­ri­son Barnes’ wed­ding and was seen laugh­ing at Golden State War­riors guard Stephen Curry’s dance moves mock­ing Irv­ing’s team­mate LeBron James.



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