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2019 NBA Draft: Jordan Bell praises Bol Bol just after Warriors pass


2019 NBA Draft: Jordan Bell praises Bol Bol just after Warriors pass

There are awkward situations, and then there is praising an NBA draft prospect moments after your team passed on him.

That's what happened to Warriors big man Jordan Bell on Thursday night. Bol Bol was not selected in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, and Bell praised his fellow University of Oregon product by tweeting that the league was sleeping on the prospect. 

Golden State was one of those teams, having drafted University of Michigan guard Jordan Poole with the No. 28 overall selection. Bell probably didn't have that in mind when he saw Bol slip, though, and laughed it off a few minutes later. 

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Many mock drafts had the Warriors targeting guards in the wake of Klay Thompson's torn ACL, and some even had Golden State selecting the Michigan product. However, Poole was projected by many to fall into the second round, while Bol was seen as more likely to be selected in the first round. Bol carried inherent risk due to his small frame and because his lone season at Oregon ended after nine games thanks to a broken foot, but his talent was thought to be enough to make a team select the son of late NBA veteran Manute Bol somewhere in the first round. 

Bell was just talking up a player from his alma mater rather than knocking Poole. Besides, things can't get as awkward him between him and the Michigan product as they would between Poole and Draymond Green, a Michigan State alum.

Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting


Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

Chip Kelly knows the type of person Keanon Lowe is. It's why Kelly recruited Lowe as a football player at the University of Oregon, and years later had him on his staffs with the Eagles and 49ers as an assistant.

When Lowe prevented a school shooting Friday at Parkrose High in Portland, Ore., Kelly wasn't surprised at all. In fact, what the now-UCLA coach wanted to know was Lowe's form in going from a former receiver to a defensive player in a heroic act.

“I wanted to know his [tackling] technique,” Kelly said Saturday to Scott Osler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He told me it was like when he was on kickoff coverage, it really didn’t matter how you tackled 'em as long as you got 'em to the ground.”

Lowe now is the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose. The school was on a 23-game losing streak when he arrived, and Kelly isn't surprised Lowe would step into a situation so far from the NFL.

"He’s just a special person that’s always wanting to help and serve," Kelly said. "He’s the type of kid you just want to be around him. He’s a special young man, and I think everybody is fortunate he was where he was yesterday afternoon.”

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Lowe played two seasons under Kelly at Oregon. He made 18 tackles on special teams between his freshman and sophomore years.

Steph Curry sends message to Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon before Final Four

Steph Curry sends message to Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon before Final Four

Sabrina Ionescu is a living legend, and if you don't believe us, just ask Steph Curry.

Ionescu, the Oregon Ducks star guard who has taken college basketball by storm, has a fan in the Warriors star. The two hung out after the Warriors played the Portland Trail Blazers in December, with Curry dubbing her the "walking triple-double."

The Walnut Creek native has had quite the junior season for the Ducks. Ionescu set the NCAA career triple-doubles record this season, passing BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth's mark of 12 set during his four-year stint in Provo, Utah. She currently has 18 career triple-doubles with a year of eligibility left.


The junior guard averaged 19.9 points, 8.2 assists and 7.5 rebounds this season while leading the Ducks to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Ionescu and the Ducks rolled through their opening two games before dispatching South Dakota State in the Sweet 16 and holding off No. 1 Mississippi State to advance to the first Final Four in program history. Ionescu dropped 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting in the win over Mississippi State, and Curry gave her and the Ducks a message before they take on No. 1 overall seed Baylor in the Final Four.

"Keep doing it," Curry told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke. "She's an unbelievable talent and her team's blazing a new trail for their program. Why not go win it all? She's a living legend in her own right." 

No doubt about that.

Ionescu responded on Twitter.

If you have any doubts about Ionescu's legendary status, check out the shot she hit to secure the Final Four berth.

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Oh, and here's what she had to say on the biggest shot in program history.

"That was going in regardless. No the other way to say it," Ionescu said after the game. "At that moment in time, I didn't want it to go to overtime. I didn't want to give them any more opportunities to score. I was also pretty tired. Let me hit this and walk off to the Final Four."

Absolute legend.