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Matt Barnes puts Warriors' Steph Curry in all-time NBA starting five

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Matt Barnes puts Warriors' Steph Curry in all-time NBA starting five

Matt Barnes isn't afraid to let his feelings be known. The Sacramento native, who played for both the Kings and Warriors, does not mince his words. 

In a Bleacher Report AMA (Ask Me Anything) Barnes made it clear Monday how much he respects Warriors superstar point guard Steph Curry.

"Incredible," Barnes said when asked what it was like playing with Curry. "Played against him for so many years, but when I was playing with him, seeing how hard he worked ... just to see his preparation and how amazing he was as a shooter. Seeing these guys in practice was incredible." 

Barnes didn't stop there, either. He also listed Steph in his all-time starting five along with Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal. 

In the great words of Knicks superfan and creator of some sitcom about nothing, Larry David, that starting five would be pretty, pretty, pretty good. 

Barnes, 39, finished his 14-year NBA career as a champion with the Warriors in 2017. After playing with Curry at the end of the 2016-17 season, he's made sure to stand up for Steph. 

"I think, he came in, he's the golden boy," Barnes said on ESPN's "First Take" back in June. "He came in and destroyed record books, won championships, beat LeBron -- he's done a lot of things that probably angered other players and other fans. That's why I don't think he gets the respect he deserves. 

"He's obviously the greatest shooter to ever play the game and I can see people being bitter from that. Not to mention the whole light-skinned thing, and people have problems with that. Like I said, he's a perfect example of what the NBA needs to be represented as and people don't like that either.

"Most of the time when people are so good or something's so perfect, people don't like that and that's exactly what you get with Steph."

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Barnes is someone you want on your side, and Steph certainly does.

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Rick Welts has seen a lot of basketball over the years. But one single performance stands out above the rest.

The Warriors' team president and chief operating officer was asked Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game: "Quarantine game -- if you're stuck indoors for a full year, one TV, one game playing on a loop, 24/7, 365 -- what game is Rick Welts taking?"

The Hall of Famer provided a definitive answer:

"Let's see. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Actually not even a close call for me. I only have one box score framed in my office -- if I ever get to see my office again -- and that's Klay's 37-point quarter. Without a doubt -- the most amazing thing I've ever seen on a basketball court.

"I could never get tired of watching it. He was out of his mind. I'm not sure we'll ever see anything like that again. And the crowd was a big part of it because he reacted every time the crowd reacted. Our bench was insane.

"Everybody in the building knew they were seeing history being made."

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In the third quarter of the Warriors' win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 23, 2015, Klay Thompson went 13-for-13 overall, 9-for-9 from deep and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Very good choice, Mr. Welts.

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What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

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Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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