Don’t try to tell The Kid From Fordham he can’t beat the odds and pledge the NFL fraternity.

I feel like my whole life I’ve always been like the small-school kid, the kid that was the underdog, Chase Edmonds says at the TEST Sports Academy in Martinsville, N.J.

I remember being in class at Fordham, and the teacher might ask people what they want to do after college, and you got people saying they want to be engineers, you got people saying they want to work on Wall Street, and I say, ‘I want to play in the NFL.’ And you can feel when people are kind of looking at you funny. I took it like a grain of salt, whatever, patted myself on the back and kept moving forward, and tried to stay focused on my dream. And now that it’s about to be reality, it’s nothing better than to know that I proved many people wrong.

You stay the course, you keep the faith, and you never know what could happen, Edmonds says.

I don’t know what happened, I guess I got hit maybe, I come crying saying that I wanted to quit football, he says, and my dad told me that anything you start in life you always finish. ‘If you don’t like football after this year, you don’t have to play it again, but you’re gonna finish it.’ The rest is history.

No one can make up Steph’s contributions individually, Thompson said. That’s got to be done as a team and even then it’s hard with the way he can shoot the ball.

Thompson has found his touch after missing two weeks in March with a broken right thumb.

He followed up his brilliant 11-for-13 shooting day in a 113-92 Game 1 rout Saturday by hitting 12 of 20 shots. Durant also had six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, who went without key backup big man David West down the stretch after he sprained his left ankle early in the fourth.

Coach Steve Kerr stuck with JaVale McGee as his starting center and the 7-footer contributed 10 points and seven rebounds as the well-rounded defending champions again showed off their remarkable depth.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs despite facing double-teams and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points.

Game 3 is Thursday as the series shifts to San Antonio.
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