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Check out Alfonzo McKinnie's custom Warriors-themed Air Jordan 1s

Check out Alfonzo McKinnie's custom Warriors-themed Air Jordan 1s

Alfonzo McKinnie's latest pair of kicks are cooler than yours.

The Warriors forward had Joshua Graham of "The Concept Commission" create a custom pair of Air Jordan 1s and they are straight fire.

Graham explains in an Instagram post that the shoes are a tribute to McKinnie's journey from going undrafted to securing a role on one of the best teams in NBA history.

"This custom was inspired to tell a piece of Alfonzo’s improbable story. A kid coming from K-Town (Westside Chicago) to going undrafted to playing for one of the best organizations in professional sports. We took our time and added some true 1of1 touches to these."

The shoes even feature McKinnie's "AM" logo on the back and on the sock liner.

McKinnie appears to have found a home with the Warriors. His hard work and hustle paid off last season as Warriors coach Steve Kerr trusted him enough to play him in 72 regular-season games and all 22 playoff games.

During the regular season, McKinnie averaged 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 13.9 minutes.

[RELATED: Warriors player profile on McKinnie]

With all the roster turnover in the offseason, McKinnie should have an expanded role this season. The 26-year-old likely will compete for the starting small forward spot with Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III and rookie Eric Paschall. McKinnie has the leg up because he knows the Warriors' system and has the trust of Kerr.

If McKinnie wears his custom Air Jordan 1s during training camp, there's no way Kerr can pass on giving him the starting role.

Dragan Bender compared himself to Draymond Green during draft interview

Dragan Bender compared himself to Draymond Green during draft interview

Warriors fans are going to enjoy this one.

So if you missed the news -- Dragan Bender reportedly plans to sign a 10-day contract with Golden State.

Shortly after the Phoenix Suns selected him with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Slam magazine posted a snippet of an interview with Bender.

Slam: "Are there any guys in the NBA right now that you play like or model your game after?"

Bender: "The last two years, I liked to watch a lot of Draymond Green. That style of game -- I really like it. I really want to enjoy that style of the game in the future for sure."

Spoiler alert -- the 7-footer did not turn into the next Draymond Green.

Over three seasons in Phoenix, the 22-year-old averaged 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.3 minutes per game. The Suns declined Bender's fourth-year option, and he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks last summer in free agency (he was waived Feb. 10).

The Warriors are hoping the Croatia native can resurrect his career in Golden State, much like Marquese Chriss has this season.

If the Dubs eventually give Bender a second 10-day contract (they did not with Jeremy Pargo and Zach Norvell Jr.) they would have to sign him for the remainder of the season once the second one expires, or let him walk.

[RELATED: What Dubs can learn from Cuban's draft advice on Doncic]

"I know we have a list of players who we'd like to take a look at," coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday night. "We'll see how that all pans out.

"But there's a good chance that over the last couple months of the season we take a look at some different players. That's the idea."

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NBA rumors: Could Warriors trade Andrew Wiggins for Giannis Antetokounmpo?

NBA rumors: Could Warriors trade Andrew Wiggins for Giannis Antetokounmpo?

Get your tin foil hats on, Warriors fans. It's time to go down the rabbit hole and discuss the Dubs' prospects of bringing Giannis Antetokounmpo to the Bay Area.

The Warriors' desire to bring the Milwaukee Bucks star to Northern California is well known, and fans have talked themselves into the idea of the Greek Freak taking the baton from Steph Curry.

Antetokounmpo will be a free agent in the summer of 2021, and will be eligible to sign a supermax extension this summer. The Bucks currently are the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference, and a trip to the NBA Finals likely would mean the reigning NBA MVP would make Milwaukee his long-term home.

A playoff flameout could open the door for other teams, though.

While teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks hope to sign Antetokounmpo in 2021, the Warriors might be taking a different approach. After acquiring Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round draft pick in 2021 for D'Angelo Russell, some around the NBA believe the Warriors plan to use both Wiggins and the pick as part of a package to acquire Antetokounmpo via trade, Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus noted in his column Thursday.

Wiggins' massive contract would be useful in a trade with the Bucks after Antetokounmpo inks the supermax extension, should he choose to do so.

Along with the T-Wolves' 2021 first-round pick, the Warriors also will have a highly-drafted lottery selection of their own, courtesy of their down season this year. That T-Wolves pick is top-three protected and would be unprotected in the 2022 "double draft."

All in all, the Warriors have what amounts to six draft picks over the next three years. This war chest of assets could be enough to seduce the Bucks into a trade should Antetokounmpo want out.

[RELATED: Giannis' All-Star Game block on LeBron had Steph hyped]

The thought of pairing Giannis with Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is a dream that sounds like something that only would happen while playing franchise mode on NBA2K. But ... so was the thought of the Warriors signing Kevin Durant.

Apples and oranges, though.

At this point in time, with the Bucks barreling toward a Finals berth, it seems unlikely Antetokounmpo would want to be anywhere other than Milwaukee in the near future. 

But things change. And if they do, the Warriors and a host of other teams will be waiting to snatch the Greek Freak from the Bucks.