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NBA rumors: Warriors work out former lottery pick Hasheem Thabeet

NBA rumors: Warriors work out former lottery pick Hasheem Thabeet

The Warriors have yet to play a preseason game, but they're reportedly already looking for reinforcements.

After a seemingly endless stream of injuries, Golden State's cupboard of big men is severely depleted. Kevon Looney has a hamstring strain, and he'll miss the preseason opener Saturday night against the Lakers. Free-agent signing Willie Cauley-Stein will miss all of training camp and is out until late October with a foot strain. Then there's second-round draft pick Alen Smailagic, who will be out for the "foreseeable future" with an ankle sprain.

With little in the way of big men depth -- healthy, that is -- the Warriors reportedly brought in a former lottery pick for a workout Friday. According to Ben Stinar of Amico Hoops, that player was Hasheem Thabeet.

The No. 2 overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, Thabeet was selected by Memphis one pick ahead of James Harden and five picks ahead of Steph Curry at No. 7. He owns career averages of 2.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, and most recently played in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder back in 2013-14.

While he has been out of the league for a few seasons, Thabeet apparently has been staying active hoping for another chance.

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There's a reason why Thabeet fell out of favor in the NBA, as his offensive limitations outweighed his defensive contributions. Still, similarly, there's a reason he was the No. 2 overall pick.

At the very least, Thabeet offers intriguing potential and above-average rim protection at the center spot. Beggars can't be choosers, and right now, he might be the Warriors' best available option.

Why Monta Ellis' Warriors game-winner vs. Nets is proudest NBA moment

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Why Monta Ellis' Warriors game-winner vs. Nets is proudest NBA moment

The 2006-07 NBA season was a special one for Monta Ellis.

He won the league's Most Improved Player award, playing a pivotal role for the "We Believe" Warriors. Golden State won its first playoff series in over a decade, upsetting the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks as a No. 8 seed.

Those Warriors hold a special place in the team's history, and the award was the only one Ellis won in his decade-plus as an NBA cult hero. Ellis told SLAM Magazine he holds another memory near and dear to his heart: A game-winning shot against the then-New Jersey Nets.

Ellis' wide-open 3-pointer sealed the Warriors' 111-109 win over Jason Kidd and the Nets on Jan. 24, 2007, giving him a signature moment and Golden State a much-needed victory in its push to the playoffs.

"The game was tight," Ellis said. "I forgot who shot that ball in the corner, I think it was Vince Carter, and we ended up getting the rebound. Baron got the rebound and we thought Don Nelson was going to call a timeout, but he didn’t. So Baron pushed the ball and I ran the wing and it was, like, a 3-on-2. But he was more to the left side and J-Kidd had to [make the stop], so he had to play between me and Baron.

"He decided to stop Baron and Baron kicked me the ball, and I ended up shooting it and hitting the game-winner. That was the year that I won Most Improved. I would have to say that one right there."

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The Warriors finished 42-40 that season, while the ninth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers ended the campaign with a 40-42 record. An Ellis miss combined with another loss along the way, and the "We Believe" Warriors would've never been.

You can probably say the same of any of Golden State's other close calls that year, but none will carry as much meaning to Ellis as his game-winner.

Steph Curry says Riley called him a 'three-star' substitute teacher

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Steph Curry says Riley called him a 'three-star' substitute teacher

Steph Curry was the NBA’s first unanimous MVP, but his daughter thinks he’s right around replacement level in the classroom.

The Warriors star told former teammate JaVale McGee in an Instagram Live on the NBA’s account Friday that he is serving as a de facto teacher’s assistant for his daughter Riley’s second-grade class. After her class -- held over Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down schools -- is over, the elder Curry said he gives Riley her assignments.

He hasn’t reached her usual standards.

“She told my mom today, she said I’m a three-star teacher,” Curry told McGee. “I said, ‘Dang. That’s cold. That’s so cold-blooded. I am invested into your future, young lady. This is how you repay me?’ It’s crazy.”

Curry probably hasn’t been doubted this much since high school, when he committed to Davidson College after receiving next to no other Division I scholarship offers. He has ridden a rocket ship ever since, leading his Wildcats on a Cinderella run in March Madness, getting selected No. 7 overall in the 2009 draft, winning three NBA championships and emerging as a global superstar in the meantime.

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The 32-year-old's accolades haven’t translated to his daughter’s studies, apparently, so Curry will just have to win over another critic.

One in his own household might prove tougher to silence than any other along the way, though.