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Ex-Warrior David West laughs at Nick Young's tweet about Patrick McCaw

Ex-Warrior David West laughs at Nick Young's tweet about Patrick McCaw

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Shortly after the Toronto Raptors punched their ticket to the NBA Finals on Saturday night, Patrick McCaw took to Twitter:

Some Warriors fans out there might be saying themselves: "Wait. Patrick McCaw is on the Raptors?!"

Former Golden State guard Nick Young didn't forget this fact because he actually posted a tweet about 35 minutes before McCaw:

This was very amusing to former Dubs big man David West:

In case you forgot -- the Warriors paid the Milwaukee Bucks $2.4 million for the rights to McCaw in the 2016 NBA Draft.

After two seasons with Golden State, he decided he didn't want to play for the franchise anymore. And as a restricted free agent, he was able to force his way out when the Dubs didn't match the offer sheet he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in early January:

McCaw ended up signing with the Raptors and appeared in 26 games. The 23-year old hasn't been able to carve out much of a role and is currently not in Toronto's rotation.

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It will be interesting to see what kind of reception McCaw gets when the NBA Finals shift to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4.

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Joe Lacob acknowledges Warriors could trade down in 2020 NBA Draft

Joe Lacob acknowledges Warriors could trade down in 2020 NBA Draft

We don't know when the 2020 NBA Draft will take place.

We do know that the Warriors will have a very high pick, plus two more selections in the second round.

Golden State owner Joe Lacob was a guest on "The TK Show" podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, and talked about the importance of the draft.

"We've never spent more time -- as a group -- on the draft as we have this year," Lacob said. "Obviously, we have a lot more time to do it. I have watched video probably of all the top players. I've watched interviews, I've watched high school highlights, AAU highlights.

"We had a Zoom call the other day where I think we had 17 people on that call talking about the draft and how we're approaching it and what the next steps are. We've got no excuse in terms of not having enough time.

"Of course the bad part about all of this is we're not able to interview or get people to come in for workouts or watch the NCAA Tournament. It's gonna be interesting. I think there's enough information out there -- and enough work being put in on our side -- that we'll be able to make a good decision."

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There are many variables in play when it comes to making said decision.

"We're gonna look at all scenarios," Lacob explained. "Honestly. I'm not gonna hide this -- we're gonna look at drafting someone at our position. Maybe we trade down -- that's a possiblity. I'm not saying it's preferred or not preferred. I'm just saying it's something we have to look at it. 

"We're gonna look at all options."

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The reality is that the Warriors won't be able to narrow things down until the NBA Draft Lottery is held and they know their position.

If the lottery is unkind and they fall to No. 5 or even lower, one would assume that eliminates the possibility of trading down.

Again, we will know more once those ping-pong balls are put to work.

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Security guard for Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins dies from coronavirus

Security guard for Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins dies from coronavirus

The NBA family suffered a loss Tuesday when Noordin Said, a security official for NBA players and musical entertainers like Beyonce, passed away at the age of 56 after contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19), Said's daughter told Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes.

Said worked for a number of NBA players including Warriors forward Draymond Green during the 2018 NBA playoffs, and former Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins on several occasions.

Said's daughter, Samantha, told Haynes that her grandmother also contracted the virus and passed away roughly seven hours before her father.

“I was heartbroken,” Cousins told Yahoo Sports after hearing of Said's passing. “It sucks, especially losing a guy like him. He’s an A-1, first-class-type dude. Anybody he’s ever come in contact with, all you heard was good reviews. He’s just a good, genuine dude. He took his job seriously, did it with class, did it with the best of his abilities, super professional, and the family man in him would give you advice on the daily. He was an OG at the same time. This hurts. It was a bad situation. There wasn’t much you could do. All you could do was sit from afar and hope and pray for the best. And that’s what we did.”

Samantha told Haynes that her father and grandmother went to the hospital initially but were sent home to quarantine because their symptoms were not bad enough. Noordin Said tried to get a coronavirus test when the NBA season was suspended but was turned down.

On March 30, Noordin Said felt he was having a heart attack and went to the ER despite the EMTs advising against it. Said was placed on a ventilator and started to show signs of improvement on April 1. But his condition worsened on April 4 and the family had a hard time getting ahold of the doctors and nurses to find out how Noordin was doing.

“Once my father [was too weak] and couldn’t call us anymore, it was hard to get in touch with him,” Samantha Said told Yahoo Sports. “My brother -- Noordin Jr. --  was the one who was making the phone calls. … I understand they were understaffed, but when you have a family member in ICU by themselves and you can’t go see them on a ventilator, that s--t is terrifying. My brother was calling and nobody answered. They would tell us to stop calling, but they wouldn’t give us updates. … We always never had the accurate information.”

On April 6, Noordin Jr. got through to the hospital and they told the family they needed to come to say goodbye.

The family was allowed to go in one-by-one to say goodbye. Noordin Said passed away early Tuesday morning.

Green, Cousins, Kevin Durant and Rajon Rondo, who Said worked for this season, all reached out to offer their condolences to the family.

“This virus is real,” Samantha told Yahoo Sports. “People are dying out there. If you have asthma or breathing problems, you need to really take this even more seriously. Everyone needs to stay inside and social-distance themselves. This s--t is real. It’s crazy. My dad was fighting for a week and then he had to go to the hospital and then the virus took over his lungs. Everyone needs to stop thinking this is all fun and games. If you need to go outside, go for essential needs. This virus is taking over.”

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Noordin Said is survived by his children Samantha, Noordin Jr. Mija and Gabriela.

As of April 9, there were more than 400,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States and more than 14,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and NBC News reporting.