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Watch Chase surprise Warriors fan with free season tickets at Chase Center

Watch Chase surprise Warriors fan with free season tickets at Chase Center

Steve Crociani has been watching the Warriors since their time in the Cow Palace. He'll see them in much nicer digs next season.

The longtime season-ticket holder's seats next season -- the Warriors' first at Chase Center -- will be on the house, courtesy of Chase.

Crociani learned that was happening Monday night with a surprise announcement during the third quarter of Game 2 of the Warriors-Clippers NBA playoff series.

"I'm amazed and surprised and shocked and happy as can be," Crociani told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke. "This is awesome! It's amazing." 

Crociani said his two favorite memories as a Warriors fan were the team's first two NBA championships. The Rick Barry-led Warriors and the Steph Curry-led Warriors won their titles four decades apart. 

"The 40 years in between was a long wait," Crociani told Burke. "But [it was] well worth it. Both of those teams were awesome."

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Why it's Kevin Durant's 'goal' to have jersey retired at Chase Center

Why it's Kevin Durant's 'goal' to have jersey retired at Chase Center

Kevin Durant might be a Warrior for just a few more months, but he hopes to always be a part of the franchise.

The Warriors star can opt out of his contract and become a free agent at the end of this season. Durant has openly admitted that he hasn't made his free-agency decision. But even if he does leave the Bay Area this summer, he would do so as one of the most decorated players in franchise history, especially if he helps the team win another NBA championship before exiting.

As the Warriors' impressive run rolls on, the thought of the dynasty's core all having their numbers retired at Chase Center when the time comes has been discussed, as has the possibility of having a statue erected to commemorate the once-in-a-generation stretch.

While some expect Durant will pack up his things and leave the Warriors for a new challenge, the two-time NBA Finals MVP still would love to see his No. 35 hanging in the Chase Center rafters, no matter how long his Golden State career lasts.

“Most definitely,” Durant told The Undefeated's Marc Spears. “If you put a Durant ‘35’ jersey in any NBA arena coming from where I come from … that is why that stuff is important to me, because my family name will be here after I am dead. To have that hanging in the arena with one of the best franchises in sports, hell, yeah, that’s a goal.”

No matter when Durant's run in the Bay ends -- whether it be this summer or in five years -- there should be little doubt the Warriors will honor him by hanging his jersey in the rafters one day.

Yes, the Warriors' run technically began before his arrival, but Durant has taken the franchise to a whole different level. Despite his occasionally combative personality, Durant has put the team first in a way few stars of his caliber would. From facilitating the offense to closing out NBA Finals games against LeBron James, Durant has done everything that's been asked of him on the court, and the Warriors have prospered as a result.

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If Durant chooses to leave the Warriors for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers or another unknown team, he'll do so having been a key cog in one of the most dominant runs in professional sports. And he has the opportunity to add another impressive line to his Warriors résumé if he helps lead the franchise to another title while claiming a third consecutive NBA Finals MVP award. 

Last time I checked, you get your jersey retired for that.

Why Steph Curry's iconic tunnel shot won't follow him to Chase Center

Why Steph Curry's iconic tunnel shot won't follow him to Chase Center

Steph Curry's commute won't be the only thing that changes about his pregame routine next season. The Warriors star has, at minimum, three more tunnel shots left at Oracle Arena. 

Golden State plays its final regular-season game in the building Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers, and they'll have at least two more home games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The further Golden State advances in the postseason, the more chances Curry will have for the fabled capper to his pregame routine. 

The tunnel shots won't last beyond this season, however, once the Warriors move into Chase Center in San Francisco.

"I think geometrically speaking it's not likely," Curry told ESPN. "Because of where the entrance to the new arena is, but I'll probably get creative with something."

Curry recalled that his tunnel shot originated during the 2013-14 season, years after former Warriors teammate Monta Ellis first gave him the idea when the team used to have morning shootarounds at Oracle Arena. But the routine began in earnest as many things do for men in their 20s: with a wager.  

"I think I had a bet with a front-office guy," Curry recounted, "just messing around one day and it kind of became an every game thing and then it evolved to [Oracle Arena security guard Curtis Jones] being involved. The rest is history."

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Jones, Curry's designated passer, told the San Francisco Chronicle's Scott Ostler he enjoys Curry's routine as much as the two-time MVP does. Beyond that, he said young fans' reactions to Curry stand out the most. 

“It’s amazing the effect he has on kids,” Jones said. “I respect and appreciate him for that. It bothers me to see a child disappointed and hurt, Curry means that much to them. ... I really want to see this child leave happy. You never know how far (interaction with Curry) will take a kid, what kind of confidence it will give him, self-esteem.”

For at least three more games, Curry will continue to wow children -- and everyone else -- from the tunnel in the Warriors' longest home.