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Monta Ellis shares great story about Baron Davis, his funniest teammate

Monta Ellis shares great story about Baron Davis, his funniest teammate

The 2006-07 "We Believe Warriors" will hold a special place in the hearts of Golden State fans forever.

Dub Nation loves hearing stories related to that legendary squad.

So you should thank Monta Ellis for providing the latest fantastic tale.

The No. 40 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft had the following exchange recently with SLAM magazine:

SLAM: Who was the funniest teammate you ever had?

Monta: Baron Davis, by far. I’ll tell you this, when it comes to BD, don’t ever bet him to do anything. Don’t ever dare him to do anything. Don’t ever crank up an idea where you even think that it might cross his mind because he’ll do it [laughs].

SLAM: Is there one thing you remember specifically that someone dared him to do?

Monta: One day, we had a [nationally televised] game. We were on a run and everybody was talking about us or whatever. He knew the camera was going to be on. They had him put this outfit on -- a cowboy outfit -- with the cowboy hat, the boots, the belt, everything. They bet him to do it. Like, I bet you won’t do this. They fixed the outfit up. It was crazy. I don’t know when in the world anybody would’ve worn it. BD wore it.

SLAM: Who told him to wear it?

Monta: Al [Harrington], Jack [Stephen Jackson], Matt [Barnes] and J-Rich [Jason Richardson].

SLAM: How did people react to it?

Monta: We didn’t do nothing but laugh. We were like, Man, he’s crazy. It was one of those outfits. Like, man, ain’t nobody supposed to come out of the house like that. He did that for a televised game.

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Thank you Monta, and thank you BD.

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Reminder -- during the 2007 playoffs, Davis averaged 25.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals, while shooting over 51 percent from the field and better than 37 percent from deep.

He was really, really good.

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NBA rumors: Warriors using 'IQ tests' during Zoom draft interviews

NBA rumors: Warriors using 'IQ tests' during Zoom draft interviews

NBA teams use a variety of methods to evaluate prospects during the pre-draft process. Private workouts, one-on-one meetings and team-hosted scrimmages help front office personnel make their assessments on each player.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, NBA teams have been forced to resort to unique methods for appraising the 2020 draft class. The Warriors reportedly are among a handful of teams resorting to “IQ tests” as a method this offseason, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reported earlier this week.

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General manager Bob Myers likely will be in possession of a top-five pick whenever the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery takes place, so it’s understandable that he and his staff would want a full and thorough evaluation of whoever the Warriors select.

Golden State seems to be trying to maximize the limited amount of interaction each NBA team is allowed to have given the pandemic.

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Steve Kerr believes Warriors' 73-win NBA record never will be broken

Steve Kerr believes Warriors' 73-win NBA record never will be broken

Steve Kerr knows winning. Not only has he won eight NBA titles -- five as a player and three as a coach -- he also had his hand in the two winningest regular seasons of all time. 

Kerr averaged 8.4 points off the bench and played in all 82 regular season games in the 1995-96 season when the Chicago Bulls set a new record by winning 72 regular-season games. Fast forward 20 years and Kerr coached the Warriors to a 73-win regular season, to break his and the Bulls' record. 

So, does Kerr believe any team can top 73 wins?

"It was just a stunning season, and it's such an amazing accomplishment," Kerr said Friday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "I just don't think it's possible to break that record. Of course, I didn't think 72 would be broken."

There of course is one big difference, though.

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The Bulls went on to beat the Seattle Supersonics in six games to be crowned champs. And the Warriors blew a three-games-to-one lead in the Finals, losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5.

"I know are guys were proud of it, but we didn't validate it with a title," Kerr said. "As a result, we just have a small banner in our practice facility commemorating it. That's kind of how it should be I think. We can look back at it and remember a great season, but we didn't quite get it done.

"So it definitely loses a bit of its luster."

[RELATED: Kerr details impact of 'Last Dance' behind-the-scenes access]

Bulls players wore shirts that read "Don't mean a thing without the ring" in the '96 playoffs, and then went out and got it done. Golden State overcame its own 3-1 deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals before being on the wrong side of history the next series.

The banner will remain hanging just as 3-1 jokes and memes are here to stay. Both seasons were historic, but only one completed the job.