Monta Ellis

Former Warrior Monta Ellis issues heartfelt message to Dub Nation

Former Warrior Monta Ellis issues heartfelt message to Dub Nation

Programming note: Watch all four of the "We Believe" Warriors' wins over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Monta Ellis was beloved by nearly all Warriors fans.

A large portion of Dub Nation was upset when Golden State traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks in March 2012 for Andrew Bogut.

He still is talked about with great reverence in the Bay Area, and people listen when he talks.

So Warriors fans will love the message he delivered during a recent conversation with team broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald.

"I got the bridge and the Bay Area tatted on me," Monta said. "Every day I wake up, every night I go to sleep -- I pray for the city of Oakland, the Bay Area and the people that were genuine to me. Keep your head up, stay safe, be blessed.

"I love y'all. I miss you guys. Thank y'all for embracing me, thank y'all for adopting me and thank y'all for y'all support from day one. I love y'all. Stay safe. Peace."

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Golden State selected the Mississippi product in the second round (No. 40 overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft.

He was named the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2007. And over the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons combined, Monta averaged 24.7 points, 5.5 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting 45 percent from the field.

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Baron Davis' iconic dunk elicits vivid memories from former Warriors

Baron Davis' iconic dunk elicits vivid memories from former Warriors

Programming note: Watch all four of the "We Believe" Warriors' wins over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 2 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

The Warriors led the Utah Jazz by 20 points with less than three minutes left in Game 3 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals.

That's when Baron Davis drove baseline at Oracle Arena and delivered one of the great dunks in NBA playoff history, as he posterized Andrei Kirilenko.

Several members of that "We Believe" squad recently reminisced about BD's iconic dunk while speaking with Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald.

Jason Richardson: "I was thinking he was gonna kind of clutch and get the and-one. And then when he put his hand back and he just cocked the ball back, I was like, 'Oh, he's about to do this.' And he put it down on him. That was the loudest the arena was ever. That dunk right there.

"It was just so in your face. The fans were into it. It was a big moment. It was a top-five dunk I've ever seen."

Stephen Jackson: "When he went up to dunk, I was kind of in awe because he wasn't feeling that good all season to be doing something like that. So, I knew it was adrenaline. I was in shock. And I think he was still kind of shocked. We didn't really know how to celebrate.

"So, it was kind of odd. So, I remember just following him and I started wiping him off -- dusting him off. There's an old saying: 'Dust the dirt off your shoulders.' That was a crazy moment."

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Matt Barnes: "One of the best dunks I've seen. But just the energy in the arena. It was a special moment."

Monta Ellis: "Knowing Baron -- his body has to be feeling real good for him to be able to attempt that. So, when he went up -- and when he hit bodies with him -- I knew he was gonna try it. So, when he dunked it -- oh my goodness.

"Man. It was amazing [laughter]. I've never seen nobody get dunked on like that. That was crazy."

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It truly was incredible.

If you were watching it live, you'll never forget where you were when you lost your mind.

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Ranking Warriors' seven most important trades over last 20 years

Ranking Warriors' seven most important trades over last 20 years

Nothing can get the NBA conversation ablaze more than trade talk, so let's dissect the best trades the Warriors have made in the last 20 years. 

For the better half of the 1990's and 2000's, the Warriors struggled mightily to pull off a trade in their favor. The notorious Chris Webber deal and many more poor decisions plummeted Golden State to the cellar of the league standings for many years. 

However, starting in 2005, the Warriors slowly began to swing the pendulum the other way leading to the We Believe years and the future historic dynasty. Let's take a look back.

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Here are the best 7 trades the Warriors have made in the last 20 years.

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