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Al Attles hospitalized, will miss game where Warriors are honoring him

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Al Attles hospitalized, will miss game where Warriors are honoring him

OAKLAND — Former Warriors coach and player Al Attles, a current ambassador for the franchise, is hospitalized and will miss Friday night’s game when the defending champions are celebrating his nearly six decades of contributions to the organization.

Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder said Thursday that the beloved Attles, who turns 81 on Nov. 7, is doing fine and will return to Oracle Arena as soon as he can in the near future. Details of his condition were not disclosed, the team said.

The Warriors will continue with their plans to honor him during Friday’s home game against the Washington Wizards. Attles bobblehead dolls will be a giveaway and players will wear shooting shirts featuring his likeness.

He is a longtime staple at games with a regular seat on press row high above the court in Oracle Arena, though Attles missed a stretch of time last season when he was not well. He returned to see Golden State win the franchise’s second championship in three years against Cleveland.

Attles is in his 58th year with the Warriors, having played in Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game on March 2, 1962 . He coached the Warriors to the 1975 title, then watched as Stephen Curry and Co. won 40 years later in 2015.

Attles scored 17 points on 8-for-8 shooting for the Philadelphia Warriors during Chamberlain’s 100-point performance. Attles coached Rick Barry the day he scored 64 against Portland on March 26, 1974.

He then loved witnessing Klay Thompson score a career-best 60 points in three quarters in a 142-106 victory over Indiana last December — the highest Warriors scoring performance since Barry’s.

A fifth-round draft pick by the Warriors in 1960, Attles was honored during the postseason in June along with Hubie Brown as co-recipients of the 2017 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Basketball Coaches Association.

Andre Iguodala reveals how NBA players use cell phones during halftime

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Andre Iguodala reveals how NBA players use cell phones during halftime

Fans never have had more access to their favorite athletes than right now. Whether you're watching them play their respective sport or following them on social media, private lives now are much more in the public eye. 

One area that remains private for the most part is the locker room, especially during halftime of a game. Warriors forward Andre Iguodala pulled back the curtain on that a bit Tuesday morning. 

"It's normal now to go in the locker room, and first thing people do is grab their phones," Iguodala said while appearing on "The Breakfast Club." "At halftime. It's like normal now." 

"I'm lookin' and dudes are checkin' Instagram," he continued. "Checkin' their halftime stats." 

Iguodala says that outside noise plays a factor whether it's the media, fans or agents. 

"I mean, you're kind of taught that," he said. "If you're a player where you're on the borderline of superstar ... your agent's telling you that before every game. 'Look man, you gotta get 22 tonight.'" 

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Iguodala, 35, has played 15 seasons in the NBA. He began his career in 2004 and has seen the league's transformation, especially with social media.

NBA free agency 2019: Warriors have decisions to make on nine players

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NBA free agency 2019: Warriors have decisions to make on nine players

The Warriors find themselves in a unique position entering free agency. 

Their top two targets -- Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson -- are expected to miss most, if not all of the 2019-20 season with career-altering injuries. 

If both re-sign, the Warriors will be looking at a payroll of nearly $380 million -- including luxury tax payments -- which cripples their ability to add talent when free agency opens June 30 at 3 p.m. PT.

To get you ready for the summer festivities, click here for breakdowns on how each of Golden State's free agents will approach this summer.