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Conor McGregor works out in throwback Warriors J-Rich jersey

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Conor McGregor works out in throwback Warriors J-Rich jersey

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are set to square off in the ring on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for one of the biggest fights of all time.

To get ready for one of the most hyped up sporting events in years, McGregor needed a little motivation from the 'We Believe' Warriors to come out victorious in an upset.

In a YouTube video showing the highlights of McGregor during his world tour promoting the fight with Mayweather, McGregor rocked a throwback Jason Richardson Warriors jersey. You can see McGregor in the jersey at the 45-seconds mark.

Richardson averaged 18.3 points and 5.4 rebounds over six seasons with the Warriors. 

McGregor (21-3 in the UFC) is looking to give Mayweather (49-0) the first loss of his career.

How 'We Believe' Warriors laid groundwork: 'They’re way past believing' now

How 'We Believe' Warriors laid groundwork: 'They’re way past believing' now

OAKLAND -- Jason Richardson, Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson stepped to the podium Tuesday night to reminisce. It has been 10 years since they were part of a Warriors team that shocked the NBA.

Ten years since they inadvertently generated a movement that still resonates with Warriors fans.

We Believe.

With those two words the memories come flooding back to the Warriors fan base.

There was the 16-5 record over the final 21 games, including five consecutive wins to close out the season and slip into the eighth and final playoff spot.

The stunning upset of top-seeded Dallas in the first round.

The spectacular dunk by Baron Davis that vaporized Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.

And the birth of “Roaracle,” coined thusly for the thunderous and sustained blast of noise within Oracle Arena that postseason.

“The best memory was definitely winning in the playoffs,” Jackson said one hour before tipoff of the Warriors-Jazz rematch in the Western Conference semifinals.

“But we have bigger memories than that. Just the whole year, being with each other, growing with each other, becoming family.”

That was one of the secrets to the appeal of that team. Those Warriors were a tight-knit group of underdogs, nearly all of them on a personal crusade to make a statement to skeptics the world over. They weren’t supposed to win; coach Don Nelson actually gathered them and told them they couldn’t win.

“We were just a bunch of guys who all had something to prove in different ways,” Jackson said.

Jackson had off-court issues in Indiana, as well as being a central figure in a pivotal brawl in Detroit that become known as the “Malice at the Palace.” Davis’ wondrous talent came with a history of injury and a reputation for being high maintenance. Richardson had never won anything. Ellis was drafted out of a high school in Mississippi. Al Harrington had been with multiple teams. Adonal Foyle was a lottery pick who struggled to stay on the court.

Yet, for the briefest of moments, they changed the culture. They pulled the Warriors out of the purgatory that is 13 consecutive non-playoff seasons and put them back on the NBA map.

“Guys actually wanted to be here, whereas my first five years didn’t want to be here,” Richardson recalled. “They just wanted to get points, get numbers, get contracts and get out of town.”

In some ways that team laid the groundwork for today’s Warriors, who have posted the league’s best record three years running. Stephen Curry arrived in 2009, just as “We Believe” faded out.

How on earth did they get from there to here?

“Drafting guys like Steph, Klay (Thompson), Draymond (Green),” Richardson said. “Putting together a team that was kind of similar to us, where guys got along with each other. And then you bring in a guy like Kevin Durant, who just fit right into the system.

“That’s what’s important about winning. Guys have to be able to match. They’ve got to mix together. They’ve got to hang out outside of basketball. That’s what we did. On the road, we were at dinners with each other. We were always around each other. That’s a big part of that chemistry on the floor.”

It’s a different ownership, a different mentality and a much more ambitious mandate.

The Warriors have gone from “We Believe” to “We Belong” to NBA elite.

“They don’t believe now; they’re past that. They’re way past believing,” Jackson said. “They’re going for (championship) No. 2.

“I’m just happy that something we started, they were able to make it and become champions.”

 

Curry passes former Warriors great on career 3-point list

Curry passes former Warriors great on career 3-point list

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PORTLAND – It was just a matter of time before Warriors point guard Stephen Curry surpassed a popular former Warrior on the NBA’s all-time list for 3-point shots.

That time came Tuesday night in Portland, as Curry in the third quarter against the Trail Blazers passed Jason Richardson to move into 18th place on the list.

Curry entered the game needing four 3-pointers to overtake Richardson, who retired with 1,608 triples. Curry drilled his fourth with 3:22 left in the third quarter. He scored 23 points in the third quarter.

Next up on Curry’s list is another retired player with Warriors ties: player development consultant Steve Nash, who is in 17th place with 1,685 3-pointers. Of the 17 players ahead of Curry, eight are still active, while one — Reggie Miller — is already a Hall of Fame inductee. 

The list is as follows: 

1. Ray Allen      2973
2. Reggie Miller 2560
3. Jason Terry*  2169
4. Paul Pierce*   2128
5. Jason Kidd     1988
6. Vince Carter*  1938
7. Jamal Crawford* 1934
8. Kyle Korver*  1891
9. Joe Johnson*    1836
10. Chauncey Billups 1830
11. Kobe Bryant   1827
12. Rashard Lewis 1787
13. Peja Stojakovic 1760
14. Dale Ellis     1719
15. Dirk Nowitzki*  1705
16. J.R. Smith*     1687
17. Steve Nash     1685 
18. Stephen Curry*  1609