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How Jonas Jerebko earned the nickname 'the Swedish Larry Bird'

How Jonas Jerebko earned the nickname 'the Swedish Larry Bird'

The newest member of the Golden State Warriors is known for his shooting stroke.

Jonas Jerebko is a career 36.3 percent 3-point shooter, and the 31-year-old shot 41.4 percent from beyond the arc with the Utah Jazz last season. That ability earned him a very flattering nickname from his former bosses: Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge and owner Steve Pagliuca. 

Ainge acquired the Swedish sharpshooter from the Detroit Pistons in February 2015. When he was asked if Boston would re-sign the Swedish sharpshooter at his end-of-season press conference that year, Ainge compared him to a longtime teammate.

"The Swedish Larry Bird, you mean?" Ainge jokingly replied, according to ESPN's Chris Forsberg. 

Ainge and Bird played together for parts of eight seasons, winning NBA championships together in 1984 and 1986. Bird, of course, is a Basketball Hall of Famer who led the NBA in made 3-pointers in the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons, and finished in the top 10 in four other seasons. Bird finished his career as a 37.6 percent shooter from deep. 

Jerebko played with the Celtics for parts of three seasons, and he took the tongue-in-cheek comparisons to a Boston legend in stride. 

“I laugh about it,” Jerebko told the Providence Journal in February 2016, “like everybody else. I don’t dislike, I don’t like it. People can say whatever they want. It’s not like I’m going to go home and tell them I’m the Swedish Larry Bird. If people think it’s funny and they like to say it, go ahead, but it’s not like I’m going to call myself that or use that nickname in any manner.”

On a team that features Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Jerebko probably won't draw comparisons to any Warriors legends. Plus, DeMarcus Cousins already has the title of third Splash Brother locked up. 

Steph Curry's latest Curry 6 colorway that's inspired by Oracle Arena

Steph Curry's latest Curry 6 colorway that's inspired by Oracle Arena

Steph Curry and the Warriors didn't send Oracle Arena out the way they had hoped as they lost all three NBA Finals games in the building to the Toronto Raptors.

But Oracle still holds a huge place in Curry's heart.

That's why the latest colorway of his Curry 6 is a tribute to the arena he called home for the first 10 years of his NBA career.

If you haven't blocked Game 6 of the NBA Finals from your memory, you may have noticed Curry wearing those shoes in the final game ever at Oracle.

The "Roaracle" colorway consists of green, red and orange, the colors of a decibel meter. The insole in the left shoe features the word "Roar," while the right insole has "This is out house" written on it.

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These Curry 6s will be released on Friday, June 21 for a retail price of $130.

If you want something that will remind you of the good times at Oracle, you should definitely pick up a pair of these Curry 6s.

Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco to coach Bahamas men's national team

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Warriors assistant Chris DeMarco to coach Bahamas men's national team

Talk about a sweet gig.

Warriors assistant coach Chris DeMarco has been a consistent presence on Golden State's sideline over the last several years, over the course of which he's gotten plenty of championship experience.

Starting this summer, DeMarco will be taking that experience to the tropics. The Undefeated's Marc Spears reported Monday that DeMarcos has agreed in principle to become the head coach of the Bahamas Basketball Federations' senior men's national team.

DeMarco began with the Warriors as a video scout, and has ascended up the coaching ranks to his current position. He has previously served as an assistant coach for the Bahamas, and will now take over the reins when he doesn't have Golden State commitments.

While the Bahamas failed to qualify for the upcoming 2019 World Cup in China, there is no shortage of NBA talent originating from the islands, including Sacramento's Buddy Hield and Phoenix' DeAndre Ayton.

"There is a lot of potential for growth. It's crazy the talent they have with only 400,000 (people)," DeMarco told The Undefeated. "It's a tremendous opportunity."

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has Bahamian family ties through his father, Mychal, but neither he nor Rockets guard Eric Gordon are eligible to participate with the Bahamian national team due to their prior experience with USA Basketball. Still, the elder Thompson believes the DeMarco hire is a good one.

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"It's great for the Bahamas getting a coach with championship experience at the highest level of basketball," Thompson told The Undefeated. "He will bring a winning mentality and a great organizer."

DeMarco will be needed back in the Bay Area when the Warriors open up Chase Center at the start of next season. But until then, he can gain further coaching experience, and get a tan while he's at it.