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Surprise, surprise: Stephen Curry had some, um, advanced basketball skills as an eighth-grader. Playing against his dad Dell Curry in the video below, Steph -- who was No. 12 back then -- showed off impressive court vision, smooth handles and, of course, some deep range.

You see that pull-up 3 around the one-minute mark? Yeah, that looks a little familiar.

H/T: The Toronto Star

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Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to hit 484 3-pointers last season, making their nickname of the "Splash Brothers" more than appropriate. It seems like DeMarcus Cousins, who is practicing with Curry as part of Team USA and hit zero 3-pointers last season, was a bit envious of their success:

As you can see, Curry is less than impressed. It's not all bad for Cousins, though. At least he hit the rim twice in a row. That's pretty good! Fortunately for Cousins, if he keeps dropping 22 points and 11 rebounds per game, Sacramento Kings fans won't mind if he jacks up an ill-fated 3 every once in a while.

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Who is the hardest player to defend in the NBA? Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says -- surprise, surprise -- it's Kevin Durant, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder star a taller, better version of George Gervin. Do you agree with Rivers? Where does LeBron James fall on the list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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We all know that Stephen Curry is a once-in-a-generation talent as a shooter, but Kevin Durant is going one further -- he thinks Curry might be something much, much more:

High praise indeed from a guy who is treating defenders as something of a minor inconvenience this season. Curry's 3-point shooting percentage is actually down a bit this season, but he's making almost half of his two-pointers, and he is a constant threat to go on a run that will put any game out of reach. It'll be interesting to see if Curry's shooting prowess can translate into the Warriors' first title since 1975.

Durant calls Curry ''best shooter

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Love, Curry, Kobe All-Star starters

It will be a contest for the young -- and, in a couple of cases, the old -- when the 2014 All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Feb. 16. Or it could be, if everyone is healthy by then. The starters have been unveiled, with four first-time starters -- the Western Conference's Stephen Curry and Kevin Love and the Eastern Conference's Paul George and Kyrie Irving -- joining regulars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and, yes, Kobe Bryant. (Blake Griffin was the other.) Wade and, especially, Bryant earned votes despite fighting through injuries this season. Who didn't deserve the call? Who did but must wait until next Thursday, when the reserves are announced? Cast your votes below!

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