Barbosa was 'more than close' to playing for Warriors this year

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Leandro Barbosa played for the Warriors during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, and hasn't played in the NBA since the 2016-17 campaign.

But Steve Kerr back in early January created some headlines when he made some interesting comments about Barbosa, who joined Golden State's coaching staff last September.

So how close was Barbosa from actually suiting up for the Warriors this past season?

"I was more than close my friend -- to be honest," Barbosa said Friday morning on 95.7 The Game's "Steiny, Guru & Dibs" show. "But they didn't give me the chance. But it's OK, all good. Yes, I was in shape. I'm still in shape.

"I was really excited to hear that from Steve Kerr. He actually came up to me a couple times and [asked] if I would be OK to coming back. I said, 'Of course, definitely. I'm still able to play, got experience, can help the guys and I'm gonna be around. So yes.' "

Well, well, well. Now that is pretty wild to think about.

And now yours truly wishes that would have happened.

Kerr in late April -- when the Warriors were dealing with multiple injuries -- again was asked about the possibility of Barbosa signing a contract.

"No, we haven't had those discussions," he said. "But I'm dead serious when I say he could be very effective if we ever did that. He's still in playing shape."

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Barbosa will be playing in the BIG3 league this summer for the Ball Hogs. The coach of that squad is none other than Warriors legend Rick Barry.

When it was brought to Barbosa's attention that he won't be able to leak out in transition because it's a half-court game, he responded with some confidence.

"But I can still go by players for sure -- for sure [laughter]," he said. "I know I can because I was doing it with the players at the [Warriors'] facility."

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