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Glenn Robinson III, Alec Burks praise growth of young Warriors players

Glenn Robinson III, Alec Burks praise growth of young Warriors players

Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks signed with the Warriors last offseason to play for a winning organization, have a chance at a title and revitalize their careers.

They accomplished two of three. Both Robinson and Burks were valuable veterans on a Warriors team whose season quickly spiraled after Steph Curry broke his hand in the fourth game of the year. Burks and Robinson fought side-by-side with young Dubs Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole and Marquese Chriss for 48 games before being shipped to the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the NBA trade deadline, where they will have a chance to fight for an NBA championship.

The veteran duo returned to Chase Center on Saturday and found the baby Warriors have taken it up a notch since they last played with them.

"They are getting a lot of minutes, you know?" Robinson said after the Warriors' 118-114 win, via 95.7 The Game. "It's boosting their confidence. You can tell from the beginning of the season how much they've improved their chemistry together. It will be interesting to see what pieces the Warriors will keep going forward. But I wish the best to all of them, and I could definitely see the growth from preseason and the start of training camp."

Paschall opened the season on fire before hitting an early rookie wall that he recently broke through. Poole struggled with his shot early on but has discovered renewed confidence in his game as the year has gone on. For Chriss, signing with the Warriors has helped save a career that was circling the drain. 

All three players, along with Damion Lee, appear to be in the Warriors' long-term plans and Burks isn't surprised at how the young guys have grown.

"I think (Paschall) he's been doing it all year," Burks told 95.7 The Game. "With (Poole) it just took him a little bit longer, but I think he is figuring it out. I think he plays great with the ball in his hands and now he's got every opportunity. The game will slow down for everybody and I think it's doing that. (Chriss) has been in the league for four years, so you know how it be."

"I think opportunity is everything," Burks continued. "Just being in that situation over and over again, that helps young guys. That's what they get playing tough games against great teams and that will help their development in the future."

[RELATED: How Lee made good on Paschall's faith in him in Dubs' win]

While Burks and Robinson's time with the Warriors was relatively short, their impact on the Warriors young players can't be discounted.

With Curry and Klay Thompson missing most of -- and, in Thompson's case, all of -- the season, Burks and Robinson took on vital leadership roles on the court to help Paschall, Poole and Chriss grow as NBA players.

The Warriors will end the season with one of the worst records in the NBA, but the opportunity to develop and grow this season will serve them and Golden State better in the long run.

Why Bob Myers questioned decision to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson

Why Bob Myers questioned decision to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson

Steve Kerr was hired as head coach of the Warriors in May 2014.

Since then, you have heard countless references to the incredible "culture" within the Golden State organization.

And despite the fact the Dubs have the worst record in the NBA right now, that culture remains strong. The foundation is rock solid.

Oh, you want an example? Glad you asked.

President of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers provided the following anecdote during a podcast appearance on "The TK Show" with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic:

"The night we traded (Alec) Burks and (Glenn) Robinson -- that was a little bit of a gut-wrenching thing for the people on the team. Those guys were good players and good guys and did everything we asked of them.

"And I had a moment, too. I started questioning. We're really kind of ripping our fabric apart here. And (assistant general manager) Mike Dunleavy -- who played 15 years -- said, 'Here's the other side of that coin: The fact that guys are in tears -- and we've only won 10 games or 12 games and don't want to leave -- says something about what you guys have created.'

"So I'm proud of that part ... it sucks to lose. But what makes it good or bad are the people."

Strong stuff.

Neither Burks or Robinson III wanted to be traded. Even when they found out they were going to a contender in the Philadelphia 76ers, they still were upset.

"To play those consistent minutes a night and perform well ... that’s the most disappointing part about coming here is that -- both of us are coming off career years where we’re looking at hopefully big numbers after the season," Robinson recently told Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders. "I know I’ve got a family to feed. So you think about all those things.

"All those things play a role, and then when you come here and your role’s not really explained or you don’t know what’s going on with the trade -- it’s not like it was a trade where you come in and immediately have an impact. It’s a little different, so ...

"This team is full of wings, full of guys who can play. So really, I don’t really understand it. But it’s a business, you’ve got to make it happen and go out and try to do your best every night.”

[RELATED: Dubs GM Myers recalls 2011 NBA Draft dinner with 'shy' Klay]

It is a business, and Myers and the front office had an opportunity to acquire three second-round draft picks, so they jumped on it.

But the human element is very real, which caused Myers to second-guess the trade.

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NBA rumors: Zach Norvell to sign with Warriors on 10-day contract

NBA rumors: Zach Norvell to sign with Warriors on 10-day contract

After sending D'Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade for Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors have successfully set themselves up to finish the season under the luxury-tax line. To do so, however, they must fill out the majority of their empty roster slots with minimum contracts.

Golden State has already begun that process by agreeing to NBA contracts with point guard Ky Bowman and forward Juan Toscano-Anderson on Thursday afternoon, according to sources. You can reportedly add a third name to that list.

The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported Thursday that the Warriors are signing guard/forward Zach Norvell to a 10-day contract, citing a source. Norvell averaged 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest in 29 games with the South Bay Lakers of the G League this season while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range.

Golden State is familiar with Norvell from the preseason, where he totaled 51 points over two games against the Warriors back in October.

[RELATED: Warriors hope their culture can unlock Wiggins' potential]

With Russell in Minnesota and both Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, there should be plenty of minutes available at the wing throughout the remainder of Golden State's season.