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Mullin connected with Richmond & Hardaway after seeing Curry wear 'Run TMC' hat at parade

Mullin connected with Richmond & Hardaway after seeing Curry wear 'Run TMC' hat at parade

Tim Hardaway + Mitch Richmond + Chris Mullin = "Run TMC."

Those three played together for two seasons in Golden State -- 1989-90 and 1990-91.

At the Warriors' championship parade on Tuesday, Steph Curry wore a "Run TMC" hat.

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"That was awesome," Mullin said on KNBR 680 on Tuesday evening. "Someone just texted me that a little bit ago. I was like, 'Gotta thank Steph.'

"I actually shouted out to Mitch and Tim. They got right back, 'Oh man, that's awesome. Steph is giving us a little respect.'

"So thanks to Steph."

In 1989-90, the Warriors went 37-45 and missed the playoffs.

-Mullin -- 25.1 points, 4.1 assists
-Richmond -- 22.1 points, 4.6 rebounds
-Hardaway -- 14.7 points, 8.7 assists

In 1990-91, the Warriors went 44-38 and upset the No. 2 seed Spurs in the first round before falling to the Lakers in the West Semis.

-Mullin -- 25.7 points, 4.0 assists
-Richmond -- 23.9 points, 5.9 rebounds
-Hardaway -- 22.9 points, 9.7 assists

On Nov. 1, 1991, Richmond was traded to the Kings and "Run TMC" ended before it really got started...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

How Warriors' Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall went from enemies to BFFs

How Warriors' Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall went from enemies to BFFs

HAYWARD - Warriors rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall were in perfect symmetry Saturday afternoon. 

Stuck in a five-on-two defensive situation, Poole guided his matchup towards his 6-foot-6, 255-pound teammate, who swatted an unsuspecting adolescent's layup attempt into the stands. Seconds later, the rookie prospects-turned camp counselors produce the same result, punctuated by a Dikembe Mutombo-like finger wave from Paschall, marking the latest development in their evolving relationship -- one that could bode well for Golden State's future.   

Saturday's chemistry wasn't expected four months ago. Entering their pre-draft workouts, Poole and Paschall -- now represented by Creative Agents Agency -- both shared scars of the 2018 National Championship game entering their first agent-sanctioned pre-draft workout. In the matchup -- which Paschall's Villanova Wildcats beat Poole's Michigan Wolverines handily -- Poole converted an and-1 on Paschall, who celebrated his national championship as his future teammate sat along the sideline.  

"Everybody hyped up the game," Poole said following an appearance with Paschall at Chabot College for the House of Highlights Camp. "We're competitive, we was talking trash."

With that in mind, the two walked into a Thousand Oaks gym with an expected guard up. 

"I thought he was going to have an attitude," Poole said of Paschall, "Like super aggressive. I mean, he's aggressive but always like, “Nah, don't talk to me.”

"I'd probably say he was going to be an a-hole," Paschall added. "I thought he was going to be like, "Ah, this guy." 

Then, following weeks of pre-draft training, the two fostered a chemistry.

"I was surprised," Poole said.

It doesn't take long to see the differences between the two players. Poole, 20, was a four-star recruit out of Indiana's rural La Lumiere School, winning a National Championship over high school power Monteverde (Fla.) Academy in his senior year. At Michigan, he developed the reputation as an unconscious gunner who could occasionally score in bunches with an NBA future destined.

Meanwhile, despite averaging 26.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior at Dobbs Ferry High School (NY), Paschall only garnered interests from mid-major schools like Virginia Commonwealth, George Mason and Providence before enrolling at nearby Fordham. After transferring to Villanova following a coaching change, Paschall won two national titles but fell to No. 41 overall in June's NBA draft. 

Poole and Paschall's personalities are more different than their paths to teammates. While Paschall lived a relatively low-key offseason (aside from playing against rapper J-Cole in a New York pickup run), Poole was commenting on a picture of Klay Thompson and girlfriend Laura Harrier, asking entertainer and Oakland-native Zendaya on a double date with his Splash Brother teammate. 

"We'll see," Poole said when asked about his pursuit of the 'Euphoria' star. "We'll find out."

Along the baseline inside Chabot's gym Saturday, Poole -- minutes after playing alongside Paschal in a full-court game of two on 150 campers, most between the ages of 10 and 13 -- is dancing and singing the Weeknd's "I Feel it Coming" at the top of his lungs as Paschall laugh's and shakes his head. Twenty minutes later, as the two prepare to shoot the "House of Highlights Show," each is reacting to show preparation differently. 

“I’ve never done makeup before,” Paschall admits.

"Yasss, sis,” Poole adds. “I look like a whole snack." 

Despite the differences in personality, Poole and Paschall bond over jokes. During the show -- hosted by Omar Raja -- the two players are presented with a number of highlights requiring their commentary. Towards the end of the segment, Raja plays Poole's game-winner against Houston in the second round of the 2018 NCAA tournament, prompting a quick response from Paschall. 

"Yo," Paschall interjects. "You kicked out your leg."

"His body is all on my arm, youfeelme?" Poole retorts.  

"We each kind of complement each other," Poole says of their relationship. "You know he's an old soul, if anything I'm unique and outgoing, he's simple, I do wild colors, we're the complete opposite." 

"I probably balance him out by being the old soul," Paschall adds. "I'm just like super simple with everything I do so I just stay calm and don't really let anything get to me." 

In the coming week, Poole and Paschall will enter their first NBA training camp on a Warriors team in transition with different individual expectations. While Poole will compete for bench minutes, Paschall is the latest Golden State draft pick to garner comparisons to Warriors forward Draymond Green, a match the rookie is embracing.

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"I mean, it's great," Paschall said. "Dray just made a hundred mill so if I can make half that I'm fine, but no I take that on and definitely going to try and learn everything I can from him. Just being able to get that label, it means a lot."

For now, the two will enjoy the rest of the offseason, building on what is already a unique bond. 

"I really believe that opposites attract, heavily," Poole said. "It's a good combination."

Andre Iguodala finding it difficult to move on from time with Warriors

Andre Iguodala finding it difficult to move on from time with Warriors

LAGUNA SECA – Standing in a quiet space away from the roar of IndyCar engines, Andre Iguodala is willing to share some of the stories and thoughts that have transpired in the 12 weeks since the Warriors traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies.

For example: There are times, he admits, when he forgets he no longer a Warrior, the voice of wisdom among former teammates Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, as well as coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers.

Another example: There have been conversations with his new team – a buyout is not inconceivable – though he has yet to go to Memphis.

Iguodala explains that his presence at the racetrack festivities Sunday probably goes back to childhood, when his father, a NASCAR fan, would hijack the TV on Sundays and leave his sons and everyone else to pick up a book or watch along with him.

Iguodala relishes telling one Warriors story in particular, which developed in the days before and after the trade. He finds it funny. In a dark and surreal way, it is.

“Yo, I got this crazy story,” Iguodala tells NBC Sports Bay Area. “No one knows. No one knows this story. But I have a sense that something is going down; Bob Myers and I are pretty cool. We have our conversations, so we’re on the same page. It was, ‘It might happen, but it might not. Most likely, it will. So, we’ll see.’

“So, I’m texting my wife, telling her I’ll probably get traded because I think it’s 100 percent sure, even though everyone else is saying, it’s only a chance. Then, once KD (Kevin Durant) left, I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll probably get traded. They’re probably going to do a sign-and-trade, so they can get something back, to at least get assets for him.’ No one was thinking that. But I was thinking they’ll want to get assets back because they can’t just let him go. And they’ll probably move me as well. So, she asked me where I thought I would go. I said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll probably end up in Memphis or some s--t.’

“She says, ‘For real?’ I was like, ‘Maybe. But probably not. I don’t know.’

“The next day, I got the message. It was Memphis. I fell out laughing.”

A massive grin crosses Iguodala’s face. He likes this story and still has the text exchange with his wife, Christina, on his phone.

Citing the business of basketball and insisting he’s always aware of that aspect, he says he was not surprised by the trade. But it’s evident he’s not exactly eager to join the Grizzlies.

“We’ll see,” he says. “OK, maybe I shouldn’t say we’ll see. But we’re trying to figure out things on both sides. They’re trying to figure out some things, and I’m trying to figure out some things. As of today, we’re on the same page. Camp opens the next week. We’ll see. We’re on the same page though.”

Is Iguodala ready to move on? Not quite. Too soon.

Iguodala spent most of the summer in the Bay Area, where he was a Warrior for six seasons, reaching the NBA Finals in the last five and winning three championships during the run. He also plans to live in the Bay Area for at least the next five or six years, no matter which jersey he wears when the NBA season begins next month.

There has been talk of a buyout deal with the Grizzlies. There also have been reports that Memphis does not plan to go that route. Asked if a buyout still is possible, Iguodala neither confirms nor denies the likelihood. Rather, he states his position on the matter.

“At this point, the only buyout that makes sense -- if I’m speaking on someone else’s behalf, thinking as an agent -- is you don’t leave money on the table,” he says. “Especially in this league. Because you’ll never get it back, no matter what people say. Negotiations are a tactic, so you’ve got to be careful how you approach it, or how you verbalize what you would do going forward. But you can’t leave anything on the table.”

This is the man who left $4 million on the table six years ago, when he joined the Warriors. The Sacramento Kings had presented an offer sheet worth $52 million over four years. The Nuggets and Warriors reached a sign-and-trade agreement, with Iguodala signing a four-year contract worth $48 million.

This indicates Iguodala is willing to make concessions -- if he believes it’s worth it.

He chose the Warriors and enjoyed six seasons. From starter to Sixth Man to occasional starter -- see the 2015 NBA Finals, for which he was named MVP -- and always a coach on the floor and at practice, Iguodala accepted his roles and thrived.

“It was something special,” he says. “But I’m not the type to really reflect and enjoy because right now everything is about what’s next. I know it means more than I realize right now. I just haven’t been to sit back and say, ‘Yo, this was amazing.’ Everything has been focused on what’s next. There are so many things I want to accomplish that I haven’t been able to. But I know in 10 or 15 years, I can look back and say, ‘Yo, that was crazy.’

“But the relationships, with Steph and Klay and Draymond and KD and Shaun and Steve, the front office. Those things are special.”

When Iguodala saw Curry last Monday at TPC Harding Park for Curry’s benefit golf tournament, they talked about the usual things. The Warriors. The future. Upcoming practices. Until Iguodala caught himself.

“It was like I forget that I’m not on the same team,” he said. “I was texting with Loon and asking him what he was eating and talking about Jiu-Jitsu training. And then, it’s like, ‘Oh, I forgot. We’re not even on the same team anymore.’ I laugh about that all the time.”

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Training camps open next week. The regular season begins on Oct. 22. Iguodala says he hasn’t bothered to look at the schedule, which he always does, partly to designate certain days, home or away, for golf possibilities.

Not interested. Not yet.

If you get the feeling that Iguodala is not ready move on, especially to Memphis, credit your powers of perception.