Marquese Chriss

Warriors' Marquese Chriss respects Jonathan Isaac standing for anthem

Warriors' Marquese Chriss respects Jonathan Isaac standing for anthem

While every other player in Friday's game between the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets chose to kneel during the pregame national anthem, Magic forward Jonathan Isaac stood alone, also not choosing to don the Black Lives Matter t-shirt the rest of the players wore.

Following the game, Isaac clarified why he chose to stand while all of his teammates and coaches knelt.

"Kneeling or wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt don't go hand in hand with supporting Black lives," Isaac said.

Warriors center Marquese Chriss showed his support for Isaac in an Instagram comment, calling Isaac's justification "well spoken."

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After another commenter questioned Chriss, the 23-year-old doubled down.

"Wats understood don't needa be explained," Chriss wrote.

Isaac, who became an ordained minister earlier this year, cited his faith as the primary factor behind his decision.

"So I felt like, just me personally, what is that I believe is taking on a stance that," Isaac said (h/t ESPN). "I do believe that Black lives matter, but I just felt like it was a decision that I had to make, and I didn't feel like putting that shirt on and kneeling went hand in hand with supporting Black lives. I believe that for myself, my life has been supported by gospel, Jesus Christ, and everyone is made in the image of God and that we all forge through God's glory."

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Isaac's reasoning stood in contrast to Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod -- who also is Christian -- who was the only player among all the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers who chose to stand during the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on Opening Night of the 2020 MLB season.

"I'm a Christian, like I said, and I just can't get on board with a couple of things that I have read about Black Lives Matter," Coonrod said after the game. "How they lean toward Marxism and they've said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can't get on board with that."

Isaac wasn't the only person from Friday night's slate of NBA games to stand for the anthem, as San Antonio Spurs coaches Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon also elected not to kneel with their players before San Antonio took on the Kings.

Warriors' Marquese Chriss identifies main goal for next NBA season

Warriors' Marquese Chriss identifies main goal for next NBA season

Marquese Chriss resuscitated his NBA career with the Warriors during the 2019-20 campaign.

And if his plan comes to fruition, he will jump center for Golden State at the opening tip of games next season.

“I want to start,” Chriss told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson this week. “Right now I’m focused on getting my body right. My main goal is to start. Obviously, Kevon Looney is a hell of a player. And James Wiseman is a hell of a player, too.

"So no matter what, I’m going to do my part for the team and compete.”

Chriss mentioned Wiseman because he is well aware that the Warriors could end up selecting the 7-foot-1 prospect (or another center) with their top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

And Chriss knows how much coach Steve Kerr loves Looney, who was going to have a much bigger role if injuries hadn't derailed his season.

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Additionally, Golden State's front office might acquire a big man during the offseason who is expected to start at the "five."

“I don’t feel complacent at all but I feel more settled than I did last year,” Chriss told Thompson. “Obviously, it helps being on a team where I feel like they have faith in me. They may draft a center. And then all the feelings they have could change.

"If they brought a center in, I’mma just do my part and compete. But I love being part of this team. I just want to do my part.”

Chriss -- who turned 23 years old July 2 -- started the Warriors' final 12 games last season, averaging 14.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 blocks, while shooting 61 percent overall and 80 percent from the free throw line.

The No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft greatly improved as a defender as well.

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At the very least, Chriss should be a consistent contributor off the bench next year. And if that ends up being the case, the Warriors should be in very good shape.

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Warriors' Marquese Chriss releases rap single dedicated to his past

Warriors' Marquese Chriss releases rap single dedicated to his past

Marquese Chriss’ Warriors career was short-lived, but it certainly was interesting.

We can go over that later, but for now, he’s appreciating another factor -- his music.

The 22-year-old recently released his new rap single on YouTube titled “I Remember,” featuring 2kkhari (NSFW):

An old team photo of what appeared to be his old basketball team at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove is in the background of the video where he played as an Eagle.

In September of last year, Chriss signed with the Warriors and was always one of those guys who was just happy to be there. He proved that after having a strong preseason.

He then was cut in January but brought back on a two-way contract which then was converted to a standard NBA deal. 

While the Warriors finished the 2019-20 season with the league's worst record (15-50), simply by the looks of it, Chriss appeared pleased with his journey with the team. The team he really wanted to be with after being waived by Sacramento.

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It was meant to be in a way. 

He finished the season with 9.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 59 matchups.