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Patrick Marleau reflects on Sharks return during drive to SAP Center

Patrick Marleau reflects on Sharks return during drive to SAP Center

Patrick Marleau is back where he always wanted to be.

The Sharks icon signed a contract to return to his first franchise on Oct. 8, and the reunion has been nothing but magical in the three games since.

In his first game back with the team, Marleau scored two goals to help the Sharks beat Chicago for their first win of the season.

But then things got really emotional when Marleau played in front of Sharks fans for the first time on Sunday against Calgary. During a video tribute in the first period, Marleau could be seen wiping away tears. It was one of those moments that gave everyone chills.

"When you're not in a training camp, don't have a team and you're seeing everybody's playing, you're anxious, you're excited to get back out there and play," Marleau told NBC Sports California analyst Scott Hannan during an exclusive interview earlier this week. "For me to be able to put on the Sharks jersey again ... as silly as it sounds, to go out of the Shark head, to slip the jersey on and go out the Shark head, I don't think there's anything better than that. To do it in front of the fans here that are so passionate, it's truly amazing."

Marleau and Hannan jumped into the 40-year-old's Mercedes SUV and drove from his home to SAP Center in San Jose before Wednesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Along the way, they spoke about the feeling of returning to the Sharks.

Just like Marleau, Hannan started his career with San Jose and then returned at the end of career for one last stint.

"To play in a place for so long, and then to be able to to come back and hopefully finish it here where it all started would be ideal for myself and for my family," Marleau said. "This is where we're going to live when I'm done and retired. This is where the family is. Where our heart is. Where our home is. It's great that I was able to come back here and play here once again."

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The full ride-along interview between Marleau and Hannan can be seen during Sharks Pregame Live at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday. Marleau and the Sharks go for their fourth straight win as they host the Buffalo Sabres, the best team in the Eastern Conference.

Glenn Robinson III named Warriors' opening night starting small forward

Glenn Robinson III named Warriors' opening night starting small forward

For the last three years, Kevin Durant was the Warriors' starting small forward.

Next Thursday when the Warriors open the 2019-20 season against the Clippers, Glenn Robinson III will assume that role.

No offense to Robinson III, but that's quite a change.

Coach Steve Kerr announced prior to the Warriors' preseason finale Friday that Robinson III had won the job.

Robinson III will join Steph Curry, D'Angelo Russell and Draymond Green in the starting lineup. The starting center position is still up in the air with Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein nursing injuries, though Kerr left the door open for Looney to play on opening night.

In three preseason games, Robinson III is averaging 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

[RELATED: Robinson shares story of first Draymond encounter]

After bouncing around from four teams in his five NBA seasons, it appears Robinson III has found a home with the Warriors. Now that he's won a starting job with the defending Western Conference champions, it's up to him seize the opportunity.

49ers fans loudly, proudly take over LA Coliseum during win over Rams

49ers fans loudly, proudly take over LA Coliseum during win over Rams

Did the 49ers and Rams play in Santa Clara or Los Angeles on Sunday?

It was hard to tell, based on how loud 49ers fans were at LA Memorial Coliseum.

The Faithful flocked to sunny southern California for the NFC West showdown, and they made their presence known during San Francisco's 20-7 win over the defending conference champs. So much so that they caught many 49ers players' attention.

After the game, a few players took to social media to thank 49ers fans for taking over the Rams' home.

Even 49ers general manager John Lynch had to acknowledge the atmosphere the fans created in LA.

49ers fans have good reason to be hyped. Their team is 5-0 for the first time since 1990, and is one of two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL (Patriots).

The 49ers were expected to be better than they were last year, but no one could have predicted a start to the season like this.

[RELATED: Grading the 49ers in their road win over Rams]

Now, as NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco writes, it's reasonable to believe the 49ers are among the NFL's elite teams.

The next task for 49ers fans is to take over FedEx Field in Landover, Md., next Sunday.