Most people got a big kick out of seeing Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his young daughter, Riley, at the podium after Tuesday's Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets game.

But not everyone was thrilled to see the NBA's MVP continue the rich tradition of bringing offspring to the postgame press conferences. Several reporters, including ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Skip Bayless, said that while they agreed Riley Curry is adorable, they wish the "child-on-the-podium" practice was reserved for low-key events like the All-Star game or celebrations like winning NBA Finals.

"As a member of the media who wants to ask the players about the game in a business setting," Windhorst said on ESPN's First Take, "it is counterproductive and it sometimes takes away from being able to ask the questions."

Here's the clip from Wednesday's show:

Windhorst knew he was espousing an unpopular opinion, and so did other reporters.


But Windhorst at least deserves credit for sticking with his guns. Brett Friedlander of North Carolina's Star News Online also thinks NBA players should stop bringing their kids to postgame press conferences. He wrote a tweet saying as much before deleting it.

As one can imagine, Friedlander got lots of hate from his followers:


It's not easy to make the argument that Windhorst and Friedlander were making, and they heard it from the Twittersphere.





Curry isn't the only player to bring his kid to a press conference this year. Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin have also done it.

While Riley did seem to be a little bit of a distraction for her father, things did not get out of hand.


The three-pointers were falling for Curry, who hit 6 of 11 shots from long distance and finished with 34 points in his team's Game 1 win.

Even the NBA MVP who drops 34 points in the opener of the Western Conference Finals can be easily upstaged. Stephen Curry brought his daughter, Riley, to the press conference after the Warriors beat Houston 110-106 on Tuesday, and she stole the show:



Shaquille O'Neal's teenage son has the low post-moves of his dad and is on his way to having the size, but Shareef O'Neal also has something the four-time NBA champion didn't.

Thanks to a new highlight video of Shareef, a freshman at Windward High School in Los Angeles, we get to see what sort of game the "Little Aristotle" has. At 6-foot-8 he's way taller than most of his teammates and opponents, so he doesn't have much trouble getting to the basket.

But O'Neal seems comfortable away from the basket as well. O'Neal shows some good handles and passing in this video. He also sinks a three-pointer, giving him as many threes in this game as his father had in his entire NBA career.

Here's the video of Shareef and the California Supreme in Houston at the 2015 Big Cup. Since being posted to YouTube on May 12 it's already got more than 300,000 views.

That three-pointer wasn't an anomaly. In a video from a December 2014 tournament in San Diego, O'Neal is seen hitting another three. And in a rare feat for the O'Neal clan, Shareef nails two consecutive free throws.

Here's another video of Shareef which, while considerably less exciting than the first, shows the kid has a good command of the post.

O'Neal is in the class of 2018, so he's got a while to develop. And seeing as his dad is 7-foot-2, O'Neal might even have some more growing to do. With his size, frame and basketball pedigree, there's no telling how good Shareef can become.

Austin Rivers isn't the only well-known NBA son to steal the spotlight from his dad during these playoffs.

As has become the custom, players across the league are giving their kids media exposure by bringing them to postgame press conferences. Blake Griffin introduced his son, Ford, to reporters while Chris Paul has made his son, Chris Jr., a constant press conference presence.

On Sunday Derrick Rose's little boy, P.J., stole the show. After the Bulls' heartbreaking loss to the Cavaliers in Game 4, the Bulls' star had his 2-year-old accompany him when he met with reporters.


Immediately there were questions about P.J.'s outfit. The little guy wore a Jon Lester Cubs jersey, although his dad is a noted Chicago White Sox fan.

Rose had an answer for this:


P.J.'s mother wrote on Instagram that the outfit choice had more to do with fashion than fandom, saying the Cubs jersey matched his shoes.


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While his dad took questions about the game, which the Cavaliers won on a LeBron James buzzer-beater, and the series, which is tied 2-2, P.J. seemed to enjoy the podium.


One of P.J.'s faces in particular made for good meme fodder:





The resemblance is easy to see. At one point P.J. perfectly mimicked his dad's stoic look following his own Game 3 buzzer-beating shot:


The elder Rose and the Bulls return to the court on Tuesday for a crucial Game 5 matchup in Cleveland.

He may be retired, but Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay still has use for his javelin.

Earlier this week Clay's 5-year-old daughter, Ellie, told her parents that one of her teeth had nearly come out. It was hanging by a thread.

Rather than simply pull it out, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist devised a unique way to extract the tooth:


Ellie shows some serious toughness in this video, not letting as much as a squeal escape during the "procedure." She even calmly asks for water.

And for those worrying about the actual tooth and its monetary value, it was recovered.


Clay got props from all sorts of people on Twitter, including a dentist:


Fellow Olympian track and field athlete Lolo Jones asked Clay for some help with her wisdom teeth:


So how does this compare to the pro wrestler who pulled his 8-year-old son's tooth with Chevy Camaro?

For someone who doesn't have a Twitter page or an Instagram account, Tom Brady is proving amazingly adept at social media.

Fresh off winning his fourth Super Bowl title, the Facebook-savvy New England Patriots quarterback posted some adorable photos from his family's vacation to Costa Rica. The 37-year-old let his kids bury him in the sand:


Brady's sons are John (7), Ben (5) and Vivian (2). Here's a photo of Brady with his wife, Gisele Bundchen, along with Ben and Vivian.


Even Brady's pit bull mix, Lua, got in on the action:


You may remember Lua from her supporting actress role in some of Brady's commercials:


And here's what she looked like as a puppy six years ago:


Lua and the rest of the Bradys had a blast in Costa Rica, and Giselle posted some stunning pictures from the family's vacation.


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My favorite acro yoga partner!! #infinitelove Minha parceira de acro yoga favorita!!! #amorinfinito

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#kite #pipa

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Dads can sometimes be difficult to read, but it's fair to say that if yours is shadow-boxing in the air, he's either really, really mad or really, really happy.

Aaron Donald's dad is the latter. When he NFL son brought a brand-new Dodge truck into his driveway and said it was his, Mr. Donald expressed his emotions in the best way he knew how: fist-fighting the air.

His son, who just won the Rookie of the Year award with the St. Louis Rams, managed to capture the celebration.


Just bought my dad a new truck hahah great feeling

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Donald is still working on a rookie contract, which pays a handsome wage as the No. 13 pick from from the 2014 NFL Draft. But if he stays the course, Donald could turn into one of the league's better defensive lineman and earn himself a much, much bigger payday when his free-agent contract comes up.

Just imagine the kind of truck he'll buy his dad then. Forget the truck: Imagine the violence his father will commit in the name of celebration.

In seriousness, though, it's a great gift and tribute to a man who undoubtedly helped his son achieve his football dreams.


Signed my contract today just the beginning #Rams

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When Damian Lillard found out he'd finished up his college coursework, he couldn't wait to tell the world. There was only one problem.

He forgot to tell his mother first.

Apparently LIllard's mom had to find out the news secondhand, even though she was in the same house with her son. The Portland Trail Blazers star had shared the news with his agent, his cousin, and social media, but his mom only found out when she overheard someone congratulating him.

"[My cousin] came downstairs and started telling me congratulations to my face and my mom was like ‘What?!?' because I forgot to tell her," Lillard said, according to the Blazers team website. "It was just like, I just did it and I was kind of like I'm done with it, whatever.

"That was how she found out, and she was like ‘How you not going to tell me that?' and I was like, ‘My bad.'"

Kids.

What must make it all the more painful for his mom, though, is the fact that Lillard finished college at her behest. Without her motherly insistence, Lillard might just be another multi-millionaire with no degree to back it up, just like a good chunk of the NBA.

Lillard is apparently trying to figure out if he would be able to attend graduation at Weber State University in Utah. The Blazers' playoff run could pose a scheduling conflict.

If Lillard isn't able to make it to the school's graduation in May, Weber State may still hold a special ceremony for their beloved alum sometime over the summer.

Hopefully if he goes, he'll remember to invite his mother. She might like to see that.

An eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher is widely expected to gain entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he's eligible in a few years, which is not bad for an athlete from Lovington, New Mexico, where his coaches didn't even see college potential in him until his junior year of high school. The Middle School Rules Of Brian Urlacher features the real childhood stories and exploits of young Brian Urlacher and illustrate how they shaped him into the world-class athlete he became. Urlacher's stories will connect with young readers by highlighting the importance of being your best, overcoming adversity and reaching your dreams through discipline and hard work. In this excerpt, we get an example of Brian's sibling rivalry with his brother, Casey, who is 15 months younger.

When Brian was in the seventh grade, both boys signed up to play baseball. In Lovington’s "Major League," brothers were usually placed on the same team to make life a little easier for a parent shuttling them to and from practice.

At tryouts, Casey distinguished himself as a hitter, Brian as a pitcher.

But when the coaches gathered to draft their players, Casey had a request: He didn't want to be part of a package deal with his big brother.

"I don't want to play with him," Casey told his mother.

Casey ended up on the Mariners, and Brian on the Braves. Their teams excelled, although everyone in the family circled one date in particular: June 9, 1990. On that Saturday, the Braves would play the Mariners and -- as fate would have it -- Brian would pitch.

Casey was the cleanup hitter for the Mariners, and he had a man on second, with two outs in the first inning. Brian reared back and chucked a fastball toward the plate.

"Ball one!"

The first pitch was low and outside.

Brian's second pitch didn’t find the strike zone. Casey didn't even swing.

"Ball two!"

Brian was getting a bit nervous now.

So on his third pitch, with all might, Brian flung his fastest fastball toward the plate -- and Casey launched it into left center field. The ball landed short of the fence but bounced over it for a ground-rule double.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead, and Brian was upset on the mound.

Brian hit a harmless dribbler to second base in his first at-bat, and the Braves were still losing 1-0 when Casey got up to the plate again.

With his first pitch, Brian flung his fastest fastball toward the plate -- and drilled Casey on the left side of his body. Brian wasn't alarmed. He just glared at his little brother, who hadn't been able to move out of the way of the pitch quickly enough.

Casey didn’t say anything. He didn't charge the mound. He just strolled to first base.

That made Brian even angrier.

The Mariners won 3-2.

After the game, Brian's mom asked him what happened on the pitch.

"I hit him in the back ... and I don’t feel bad about it," Brian said.

Brian’s mom could barely keep from laughing since Casey wasn’t hurt.

But Casey couldn’t resist chiming in, "It's OK, Mom; we won, and I had a great game."

When they got home, Brian was immediately sent to his room, with no snack and no TV time.

Usually, from their bunk beds in the bedroom they always shared, Brian and Casey would talk for a few minutes after Mom tucked them in for the night. But the night after the big game, both worked extra hard not to say a word.

Brian fumed and Casey gloated.

-- Excerpted by permission from The Middle School Rules Of Brian Urlacher by Brian Urlacher and Sean Jensen. Copyright (c) 2015. Published by Broad Street Publishing Group LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Google Play. Follow Brian Urlacher on Twitter @BUrlacher54. Follow Sean Jensen on Twitter @seankjensen.

Stephen Curry may be the best shooter in the world. Although he has evolved into one of the NBA's top ball-handlers and passers as well, his marksmanship from long range is still his trademark.

Curry's touch from deep goes extends to golf. In fact, he is so good with a club, his father says Stephen could play professional golf.

"He really could," says Dell, who played 16 NBA seasons as a guard/forward. "When we play, he hits balls and we go out and it's three summers in a row he's put up scores in the 60s.

"If Steph got a golf coach and practiced and put in the time like he does in basketball, he could play. He's really good. He's that good. He doesn't miss a lot of shots, and when he does, he can recover. He thinks he can make any putt he stands over."

This trigger-happy mentality translates from Stephen's basketball style. Curry takes shots from an array of spots on the court. His 412 three-point attempts were second in the league as of Feb. 24 (Wesley Matthews took 413 threes in three more games played). As with golf, Curry backs up his shot selection with success. His average of 3.2 three-pointers made to game led the NBA as of Feb. 24 (Kyle Korver was second with 3.1 per game).

Stephen, who played three years of high school golf, beats his dad "consistently," even though Dell has been playing for a much longer.

"I do broadcasting for the Hornets, so I'm off all summer," Dell, who does color commentary in his hometown of Charlotte, says. "He's got a wife, a young kid, and I play a lot more than he does. It doesn't matter. We can both drive it a long way, but his short game and his putting is just really good. He's got soft hands and creativity."

Last week, Golf Digest reported Curry has been a scratch golfer, although, he is currently closer to a 5 in handicap. Any handicap hovering around scratch should be considered successful for a man who devotes the vast majority of his time to a contact sport.

Curry has become a familiar face at the American Century Championship, an annual charity celebrity golf tournament hosted at Edgewood Tahoe South. In 2013, Curry entered the final round with the lead, but dropped to fourth place, giving way for Billy Joe Tolliver to win the tournament. He also finished 28th in 2010 and 13th in 2014.

The NBC-broadcasted event is a good way for fans to get an idea of Curry's swing:

Golf swing guru Hank Haney is known by some NBA fans for his work with Charles Barkley. As part of the Golf Channel's "The Haney Project," Haney worked with Barkley for an extended period of time to improve his golf swing. When working with Curry, Haney could instruct at a more advanced level:

Haney also taught Tiger Woods for a time. Currently, it is unclear which of Haney's students, Curry or Woods would win if pitted against each other. Woods is currently taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour while dealing with back injuries.

"Right now, Tiger's struggling a bit," Dell says with a laugh. "He's got to get them glutes firing again."

During the offseason, golf is clearly a staple of the Curry family. North Carolina and the Bay Area are both rich with golf courses. The game is used for fun and excuse purposes.

"We actually use each other to play golf," Dell says. "I got to play with my son. I got to go play with my dad."

The Curry household appears to have some similarities to an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond." Stephen gets to play golf, although, he has to clear it with his wife, Ayesha.

"I'm OK with it," she says. "But there's a limit. I think he would live on the golf course if he could."

For the time being, Curry is still living on the basketball court. His 23.6 points, 7.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game and the Warriors' 43-10 record make him a prime MVP candidate. Curry was the leading vote-getter for this year's All-Star Game. He won the three-point contest, although he lost the Degree Battle of the Game Changers to John Wall.


One thing going for Curry's golf game is age. Although his basketball career will come to an end, likely some time in his 30s, golfers can compete at older ages. Phil Mickelson is still competing at 44. Darren Clarke won the Open Championship one month before his 43rd birthday in 2011. Tom Watson went to a playoff at the Open Championship at age 59 in 2009.

Maybe a professional tour looms in Curry's extended future.

"Someone told me he might want to go onto the golf circuit," says Sonya Curry, Stephen's mother. "I'm trying to start something."

If Curry can potentially angle his golf shots with the same precision he shoots the basketball, there is reason to believe two sports could be in his plans. The PGA Tour better be on its heels.

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