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JTA gets 'goosebumps' from hearing Matt Barnes praise him

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Juan Toscano-Anderson
  • Editor's Note: Kerith Burke's full interview with Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson can be seen on NBC Sports Bay Area during "Warriors Pregame Live" before Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Juan Toscano-Anderson still is on a two-way contract, but he has earned the respect of current and former NBA players with his hustle and performance this season.

Nothing exemplifies Toscano-Anderson more than the play against the Boston Celtics on April 17 that left him with a concussion and required roughly 35 stitches to close a laceration on his head.

While Toscano-Anderson felt the love from his teammates after that scary fall over the scorer's table at TD Garden, it was praise from former Warriors forward Matt Barnes that left JTA nearly speechless.

"I mean, I get goosebumps," Toscano-Anderson told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke in an interview last week. "I got a lot of respect for Matt Barnes. Man, that was dope. I like that. I appreciate that. Wow."

Barnes spent 14 seasons playing in the NBA and played in 169 games over two separate stints with the Warriors. He was part of the "We Believe" Warriors in 2006-07 and won an NBA championship ring as part of the 2016-17 squad, and if there's anyone that appreciates what Barnes means to the franchise and Dub Nation, it's Toscano-Anderson, who was born in raised in Oakland and grew up a Warriors fan.

 

"I got a lot of respect for Matt Barnes," Toscano-Anderson told Burke. "He played hard. He's a tough guy. He's a real dude and I respect real. He's a great teammate. He's a competitor. That's the ultimate compliment. That's cool. He had a great career in the league. Very well respected amongst his peers and that's very important.

"That holds a lot of weight and holds a lot of value. That respect amongst your peers is big time. And for Matt Barnes to see a lot of himself in me, that's pretty cool because he was very well respected around the league."

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Toscano-Anderson knows he's still a two-way player until he signs a guaranteed NBA contract on the dotted line.

But with the backing and support of players like Barnes, Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Kent Bazemore, it's only a matter of time before his NBA future is secure.

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