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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Business News, Updates

Business News, Updates


McDonald's is doubling down on deals and inexpensive breakfast to win over budget shoppers as the gap between rich and poor grows in America (MCD)

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 12:19 PM PDT

McDonald's Value MenuHollis Johnson

  • McDonald's needs to win over budget shoppers to attract more customers, with the chain recently adding new local deals to its $1 $2 $3 Menu and inexpensive breakfast options like Donut Sticks
  • Still, the top reason that people who are eating at McDonald's less frequently provided to explain their behavior in a new UBS survey is that they had less spending money. 
  • McDonald's is simultaneously trying to win over more affluent shoppers through its newly national delivery service. 
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McDonald's is determined to win over budget shoppers. 

The fast-food giant has reported nine consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth, even as the chain battles slumping traffic.

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More evidence that no best diet exists: A study of 1,100 people shows how everyone responds differently to common foods

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 12:18 PM PDT

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  • A new study followed 1,100 people for two weeks in the US and the UK, and found that no two people's bodies responded exactly the same way to common foods. 
  • Lead researcher Tim Spector said a good general rule is still to eat a variety of plants, including nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables, while incorporating some fermented foods into your diet. 
  • The researchers behind this study are developing a personalized nutrition company called Zoe. 
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There are many different ways to eat, and plenty of people who will tell you that their plan is the best way to stay fit.

But a new study is calling their bluff.

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$9 billion Dropbox explains why it's blowing up its product for its biggest redesign in 12 years (DBX)

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 12:16 PM PDT

Drew HoustonREUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

  • On Tuesday, Dropbox announced that it has made its biggest redesign in its history.
  • Dropbox partnered with Zoom, Slack, and Atlassian for new integrations.
  • On the new Dropbox, users will not only be able to store and share files, but also send Slack messages and set up Zoom meetings directly from Dropbox.
  • Read more on the Business Insider homepage.

Dropbox just overhauled the designed of its flagship file-sharing product.

"It's the biggest change we've ever made to our product," Dropbox CEO and co-founder Drew Houston said at a press event.

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National Beverage craters after a new lawsuit alleges the company made false claims about chemicals in LaCroix cans (FIZZ)

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 12:13 PM PDT

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  • National Beverage Corp. shares slid on the news that a lawsuit has been filed against its beverage company LaCroix. 
  • The lawsuit claims the president of National Beverage planned to prematurely state LaCroix cans were BPA free. National Beverage denied the claims. 
  • This is the second lawsuit filed against LaCroix that has damaged the company. 
  • Watch National Beverage trade live. 

Another lawsuit filed against LaCroix is taking the fizz out of its stock. 

Shares of National Beverage Corp., the parent company of LaCroix, fell more than 10% Tuesday after a new lawsuit alleged that the president of National Beverage planned to falsely state that LaCroix's cans were free of Bisphenol A, the toxic chemical commonly known as BPA.

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FAA officials say the helicopter pilot who died after crashing on top of a New York City skyscraper should not have been flying

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 12:09 PM PDT

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  • Pilot Timothy McCormack died after crashing a helicopter on top of a New York City skyscraper on Monday. He was the only person on board.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration told NBC News and The Hill on Tuesday that McCormack was not licensed to fly in the limited-visibility conditions present in the New York-area Monday.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal crash.
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The pilot who died after crashing a helicopter on top of a New York City skyscraper on Monday should not have been flying, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

The FAA told NBC News and The Hill in a statement on Tuesday that Timothy McCormack was not licensed to fly in the low-visibility conditions that clouded the Manhattan area on Monday.

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THE OMNICHANNEL FULFILLMENT REPORT: Why the death of brick-and-mortar has been greatly exaggerated (AMZN, WMT)

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 12:03 PM PDT

Though rising costs associated with online shopping are cause for concern, retailers can leverage their brick-and-mortar stores to enhance the e-commerce experience and streamline the costs to themselves via omnichannel services.

FORECAST: BOPIS Adoption Among US RetailersBusiness Insider Intelligence

The most essential of these services are buy online, pickup in-store (BOPIS) — a service that allows shoppers to select and pay for an order through an online channel and then come to a physical location to fulfill it — and buy online, return in-store (BORIS), which enables consumers to come to a store to return an item purchased online.

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Every twist and turn in Katy Perry's bitter legal battle with nuns over her purchase of their former convent

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:57 AM PDT

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  • Katy Perry has been embroiled in a legal battle with the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary since 2014.
  • The pop star tried to purchase a Los Angeles estate that used to be a convent, but two former residents rejected her as a potential buyer.
  • The Archdiocese of Los Angeles sued the two elderly nuns for Perry's right to purchase the property.
  • Sister Catherine Rose Holzman died in 2018. On Saturday, Sister Rita Callanan said that Perry "has blood on her hands."
  • Here's a complete timeline of the scandal.
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Eighty-one-year-old Sister Rita Callanan recently declared that Katy Perry — the pop star most famous for catchy radio hits like "I Kissed a Girl" and "Roar" — has "blood on her hands."

Callanan is the last living member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a group of nuns who lived in a sprawling Los Angeles convent. Years ago, Perry offered millions of dollars to buy the estate.

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Save up to 60% on JBL speakers and 15% on grills at The Home Depot — plus 6 more sales and deals happening now

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:57 AM PDT

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UCLA is apologizing to patients after a gynecologist who worked with students for nearly 30 years was accused of sexual abuse

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:55 AM PDT

ucla campusAssociated Press/Reed Saxon

  • A longtime gynecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges on Monday.
  • UCLA officials said in a statement they are "deeply sorry" for Dr. James Heaps' alleged misconduct.
  • The school began investigating Heaps after receiving a complaint about "inappropriate and medically unnecessary touching and communications during a gynecologic procedure."
  • Since then, three other patients have come forward, the school said.
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The University of California, Los Angeles, apologized on Monday for the behavior of a longtime gynecologist who was criminally charged with sexual battery by fraud against two patients.

Dr. James Heaps pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday and was released without bail, Reuters reported. His attorney called the allegations baseless, according to the AP.

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Struggling to find a mentor? Look to 'frientors' for a better form of support

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:53 AM PDT

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  • A frientor is a knowledgeable friend that you can call upon for advice on a specific situation.
  • It's a more informal and reciprocal dynamic than the traditional mentor-mentee relationship, and the best part is, there's no limit to the number of frientors you can cultivate over a lifetime.
  • While a mentor may be great at giving long-term advice about a career arc or life in general, in many cases, their specific knowledge may be outdated.
  • On the other hand, your frientors will have their fingers on the pulse of their industry and specialization.
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It's hard to find a good mentor. 

And most people don't make it any easier on themselves. If you ask them who they want for a mentor, they'll throw out the names of world-famous entrepreneurs or business people like Gary V., Oprah, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, and more.

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See inside Uber's first passenger drone, which could eventually fly passengers at 150 mph while burning no fossil fuels (UBER)

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:46 AM PDT

Uber Air Safran Cabin InteriorUber

WASHINGTON, DC — Uber has looked beyond car rides for years, through bikes, scooters, public transit, and more.

Now, it's looking to the sky.

In July, the company is launching helicopter rides from within its app between New York City and John F. Kennedy International Airport. After that, it hopes to launch shared electric flights on hybrid airplane-helicopter aircraft in cities around the world and at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, all with no emissions.

The company showed off a full-size model of its first aircraft interior at its third Uber Elevate conference in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Here's what the first mock interior looks like:

Uber Air has collaborated with Bipolar Studio to make a full scale mock-up of the first interiors.

Uber

The company is calling this a "North Star" model that will guide future designs that actually fly.

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Eventually, the service could cost about as much as an Uber Black ride, executives said — and be just as posh.

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Take a peek at the 5 mansions, condos, and villas bought by the couple who allegedly scammed Warren Buffett

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:45 AM PDT

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A couple accused of scamming Warren Buffett splurged more than $40 million on a Las Vegas mansion, a pair of condos in Lake Tahoe, a vacation home in Scottsdale, and dozens of other properties since 2011, according to federal investigators.

Jeff and Pauline Carpoff's company, DC Solar, took money from dozens of investors including Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate in an $800 million "Ponzi-type" scheme, according to court documents.

"We completely disagree with the [FBI's] claim that DC Solar was a Ponzi scheme and with any assertion that Jeff Carpoff acted improperly," said Malcolm Segal, the Carpoffs' attorney, in an email to Business Insider. He added they have been working to "reimburse investor companies to see that they do not suffer a loss."

The FBI used bank records, title deeds, and public records to identify 25 properties the pair purchased for more than $29 million in total, court filings showed.

The Carpoffs also spent more than $6.1 million on at least 90 vehicles including a boat, a motorhome, and a million-dollar Mustang, investigators said.

Five of their biggest residential purchases are shown below.

30 Pebble Dunes Court, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Price: $2.55 million

This Las Vegas mansion spans 6,902 square feet and has three bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, according to Zillow. It boasts a wellness center, movie theater, wine cellar, gourmet kitchen, home automation, resort-style pool and spa, and mountain views, according to Redfin. It was bought for just over $2.5 million in June 2016.



4101 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Units #217 and #225, South Lake Tahoe, California

Zalanta

Price: $3.68 million

These two condos are located in the Zalanta Resort at the Village in South Lake Tahoe. Unit 217 spans 2,291 square feet with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, according to Zillow, and was bought for $1.95 million in June 2017.

Unit 225 spans 1,803 square feet, has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and was bought for $1.725 million in the same month, according to Zillow.

 



7373 E. Clubhouse Drive, Unit 14, Scottsdale, Arizona

Zillow

Price: $960,000

Located in The Boulders golf and spa resort, this Scottsdale home has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, and was bought for close to $1 million in June 2018, according to Zillow.




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Barcelona's Sagrada Familia has finally received a building permit 137 years after construction began

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:44 AM PDT

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  • The Barcelona city council granted a seven-year license to the current builders of the Sagrada Familia, 137 years after construction of the church began.
  • The city will be paid $5.3 million in fees as part of an agreement negotiated with a foundation committed to the completion of La Sagrada Familia. 
  • The hope is for construction of the church to be completed by 2026. 
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In 1885, two years after he took over the building that would become the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi applied for a construction permit with the local council in Barcelona. He never heard back.

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Zoe Kravitz's diet and exercise routine doesn't include a trainer but does include red wine and peanut butter

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:42 AM PDT

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  • Actress Zoe Kravitz has spoken out in interviews about her diet and fitness routine to stay healthy.
  • When it comes to exercise, the actress says simple cardio is her favorite, as well as stretching.
  • Her diet is primarily vegan, with a heavy focus on unprocessed foods and plenty of water.
  • Remember that just because a diet works for a celebrity doesn't mean it will work for you, and talk to your doctor before dramatically changing your diet.
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With parents like musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, it should come as no surprise that 30-year-old Zoe Kravitz is talented as well.

The actress — who has starred in hit movies and on TV shows like "Divergent," "Big Little Lies," and both "Fantastic Beasts" films — is always tackling a big project. With all that work, it's important for Kravitz to stay healthy and she's spoken in interviews about her favorite foods and health regimens.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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The 7 best Alexa cooking hacks you definitely want to try

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:41 AM PDT

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  • Alexa can make your time in the kitchen much easier and more productive.
  • Here are the 7 most surprisingly helpful ways to use Alexa while you're cooking.

Alexa is Amazon's virtual assistant and comes built into Echo smart speakers. There are so many great everyday Alexa uses -- from playing music to making an Alexa shopping list to getting your Alexa flash briefing every morning.

What most people don't know is that Alexa is also the kitchen companion that you always wanted. Once you start calling on Alexa while you're cooking, you won't be able to live without her.

#1. When you don't want to forget where you keep the garlic press…

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Or the lemon zester… or the carrot peeler. You can just have Alexa remember where you keep those infrequently used kitchen tools. Then next time you need the carrot peeler, you can ask Alexa where it is.

How?

  • Tell Alexa where you're putting the item: "Alexa, remember the lemon zester is in the third drawer next to the sink"
  • Next time you need it: "Alexa, where's the lemon zester?"



#2. When you want to remember a recipe as you create it so you can make it again…

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Add each ingredient to an Alexa list as you mix it into your culinary creation. It's just like adding items to an Alexa shopping list.

How?

  • First, create the new list: "Alexa, create list called Sunday night pasta"
  • Then add ingredients to the list: "Alexa, add 6 basil leaves and 1 lb of ground sirloin to Sunday night pasta list" (yep, you can add multiple items to a list in one command or one at a time if you prefer)

Pro Tip: Next time you want to make the Sunday night pasta, just open up the list in the Alexa app to see your recipe.

  1. Open the Alexa app
  2. Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
  3. Tap Lists
  4. Tap "Sunday night pasta" (insert name of your recipe) under the "My Lists" section



#3. When dinner is ready but you don't want to go room to room shouting it out…

Katherine Prescott/VoiceBrew/Dreamstime.com

Make an Alexa announcement to broadcast it over the Echo speakers across your home.

How? "Alexa, announce that dinner's ready" 

Pro Tip: You can also use announcements as part of an Alexa routine. Try a routine that kicks off when you say "Alexa, it's time to cook dinner" and plays your favorite cooking music, turns on the kitchen lights and announces across your home that you're starting to make dinner.




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The Marine lance corporal who praised Nazis is getting kicked out of the Corps

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:35 AM PDT

US MarinesLance Cpl. Audrey Rampton/US Marine Corps

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Mason E. Mead is leaving the service with an "Other Than Honorable" discharge.
  • Mead, who was investigated earlier this year for racist posts on social media, admitted to "advocating supremacist ideology," which allowed him to avoid a court-martial.
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The Marine lance corporal who came under investigation in February for racist social media posts is being kicked out of Corps with an "Other Than Honorable" discharge.

Lance Cpl. Mason E. Mead, an infantry assault Marine with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, is currently in the process of being discharged after he admitted to "advocating supremacist ideology" on May 7, which allowed him to separate from the Corps in lieu of being court-martialed, III Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement to Task & Purpose.

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People are losing it over a 'sinister' Timothée Chalamet doll that you can buy for $122,795

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:35 AM PDT

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Timothée Chalamet received nearly universal acclaim for his role in "Call Me By Your Name," but a ventriloquist doll that was made in his likeness has received more of a mixed response. 

The figure was posted on eBay and has since made its way all over the internet, both for its appearance and starting bid of $122,795.

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Instagram keeps a detailed list of everything it thinks you're interested in — here's how to find it (FB)

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:31 AM PDT

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  • Instagram compiles a list of topics it thinks you're interested in inside the Instagram app itself, which is used to show you relevant ads
  • You can check the list for yourself with just a few taps into some of the Instagram app's deeper settings. 
  • My own list of supposed interests is very ... surprising. I can't say it's very accurate.
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You can see what Instagram thinks you're interested in by going into the app's deeper settings options.

The list of interests is, of course, related to ads and ad data. Instagram says your ad interests are based on a combination of who you follow, what posts you like or comment on, and other websites and apps you use. If you have a Facebook account, Instagram pulls data from there, too. 

I checked my own list of topics that Instagram thinks I'm interested in, and it's a little confusing. I'm not particularly interested in almost any of the topics in the list that Instagram has built for me. 

For example, I have no interest "Tyrol" (I didn't know what that was, but it turns out its a state in Austria). Nor do I care that much about the "Overwatch" game, or Mallorca, Spain, for that matter.

Regardless, you can check your own list of topics of interest that Instagram has compiled about you to see if it's accurate. 

Here's how:

From the Instagram home page, tap the profile icon on the bottom right.

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Then, tap the three-line stack on the top right.

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Next, tap "Settings" toward the bottom ...

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New York City's vibrant esports scene convinced this multimillion dollar team to launch a new organization dedicated to its local gaming culture

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:31 AM PDT

NYXL Homecoming July 2018Andbox/New York Excelsior

In New York City, esports is about much more than just online competition. New York has an engaged and social community of gamers who are ready to show up, celebrate, and support each other in a variety of games.

The vibrant spirit of New York City's gaming scene led to the creation of AndBox, a new esports organization dedicated to the city's gaming culture. Founded by Sterling.VC — the same group that operates the New York Mets and Sportsnet New York — AndBox will operate two multi-million dollar esports franchises while organizing a range of events for gamers in New York City.

Sterling.VC has already invested in the city's gaming community with the New York Excelsior (NYXL), its Overwatch League (OWL) franchise. Though the Overwatch League currently hosts the vast majority of its matches from a studio in Burbank, California, NYXL worked with local fan groups in New York to host watch parties, competitions, and meet-and-greet events with the team.

These events helped galvanize the city's social gaming scene — fans of other games appreciated the social experience of NYXL's events and were willing to embrace "Overwatch" as well.

Andbox is raising the bar for what gamers expect from social events.

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Gamers in New York have been organizing their own events for years, long before esports became a multimillion dollar industry. But NYXL's willingness to partner with grassroots organizers and invest in premium events helped create a welcoming atmosphere and inspired new possibilities for the city's gaming community.



The founders of Andbox felt that their esports teams should have a connection with the local community.

Andbox/New York Excelsior

"In New York, we have a unique opportunity to grow and unite the gaming community both on a local and global stage, and we're confident that Andbox will continue to raise the bar by celebrating gamers on a scale rarely seen in this industry," Andbox co-founder Rohit Gupta said.



Andbox learned new ways to engage with fans through NYXL's events.

Julian Galang/NYXL

New York's social esports crowd isn't totally unique.

Much like you'd find with traditional sports teams, esports organizations have found that not every fan wants to be a competitor themselves. People express their love for gaming and esports in different ways.

For some, that might include cosplaying their favorite character or hosting casual play sessions for fellow fans to improve at the game. Others simply show their support by wearing a team jersey, or sporting the team's color scheme in-game.

"We've received a tremendous amount of support from our fans, but we recognize that New Yorkers - and gamers everywhere – are still hungry for a deeper, more meaningful connection to esports," Andbox co-founder Scott Wilpon said in a statement. "We're incredibly excited to launch Andbox to help people find exciting new ways to self-identify and express themselves as gamers."




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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The players drafted before Stephen Curry in the 2009 NBA Draft

Posted: 11 Jun 2019 11:27 AM PDT

Stephen Curry NBA DraftSeth Wenig/AP

  • The 2009 NBA Draft was a deep class with multiple future MVPs and several players who will likely go on to the Hall of Fame.
  • But the class of the draft turned out to be Stephen Curry despite being passed over six times, including one team that drafted two point guards not named Curry.
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Stephen Curry is one of the greatest basketball players in the world.

While it is not unusual for an all-time great to slip past the first pick in the NBA Draft, it is strange to see a talent like Curry not be drafted until six other players have come off the board. 

Below, we take a look at the teams that passed on Curry, who they chose instead, and where those players are now.

1. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

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Position: Power forward

College: University of Oklahoma

What was said at the time: "Griffin has some holes. He'll be beat defensively. He isn't the sturdiest in the low post, as he tends to fall to his left or right when he should be jumping straight up for jump hooks. The same glitch hurts his jump shot. He isn't 7-feet tall, either. And that's about it. The guy is a stud." — Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo Sports



Where Griffin is now.

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All-Star games: 6

All-NBA team: 2nd team (three times), 3rd team (two times)

Championships: 0

Where he is now: Not all of the picks ahead of Curry were busts. There are a couple who were not mistakes at all, including Griffin, who has been an All-Star six times in nine seasons. Griffin just completed his first full season with the Detroit Pistons after 7.5 seasons with the Clippers.



2. Hasheem Thabeet, Memphis Grizzlies

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Position: Center

College: UConn

What was said at the time: "I am not a huge fan of Thabeet but understand why the Grizzlies went that way. Ricky Rubio wasn't cooperating, and Thabeet can help the Grizzlies, who needed a big, athletic shot-blocker. He is limited offensively, but he can change the game on defense." — Chad Ford of ESPN.com




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