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SBD/October 29, 2013/NBA Season Preview
Warriors Still Awaiting Approval For S.F. Waterfront Arena As Cost Expectations Pile Up
Published October 29, 2013
BREAKING THROUGH: In S.F., Ann Killion wrote Warriors G Stephen Curry has had the team's top jersey in sales for three years, but nationally in the past 12 months he "leapt from 26th to 12th in the league." Curry on a trip to China this month was the "second-most popular player behind Kobe Bryant." He received the "second-loudest ovations and was greeted with screams when he was getting on and off buses at the hotels and arenas." Curry's jersey "was sighted everywhere." A Warriors exec said of Curry, "Other than Kobe, he was the Man." Killion noted Curry has "an appeal that makes him compelling to watch." He is a "soft-spoken, two-tattooed player in a look-at-me league." Curry is on the cover of SI's NBA preview, "one of only three athletes to be on the cover twice this year." He also will be "featured in ESPN commercials, including one in the ESPN RV" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/27).