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Sleepy Floyd explains origin of powerful George Floyd Warriors photo

Sleepy Floyd explains origin of powerful George Floyd Warriors photo

Programming note: Watch "Race in America: A Candid Conversation" on Friday, July 31 on NBC Sports Bay Area after the conclusion of "Giants Postgame Live."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr last week posted a powerful picture on Twitter featuring former Golden State players Devean George and Sleepy Floyd.

The two former Warriors were photographed wearing No. 8 and No. 46 Warriors uniforms, signifying the length of time -- eight minutes and 46 seconds -- that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck, resulting in Floyd's death. 

So how did this tribute come to fruition?

Sleepy Floyd explained the backstory during the latest episode of "Race in America: A Candid Conversation," which will air Friday on NBC Sports Bay Area after "Giants Postgame Live."

"I have a great relationship with the Warriors," he said. "I do a lot of community stuff still -- different projects that they call me out for. The PR department reached out to me and they wanted to do something to make an impact.

"I thought it was tremendous. It's very creative. So they sent a jersey out and we took several pictures (with) different angles and different background colors, and they basically took it from there."

[RACE IN AMERICA: Listen to the latest episode]

The image now is Kerr's profile picture on Twitter, which can serve as a great reminder that the fight for racial equality is far from over.

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As Sleepy noted, a lot of work lies ahead.

"Don't forget. They (the Warriors) want to keep it in people's minds. People still are dealing with challenges," he said. "This is something that we have to fight for going forward ... in our own individual ways impacting the community. Having those uncomfortable conversations -- which I've had with a lot of my friends.

"I've actually cut off some of my friends (after) watching some of the things that they've posted regarding this whole situation from the beginning."

Don't forget to watch the entire conversation this Friday night.

NBA rumors: G league team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek

NBA rumors: G league team for elite prospects coming to Walnut Creek

A new professional basketball team is coming to the Bay Area.

Yes, you read that right.

The Ultimate Fieldhouse sports complex -- where Warriors superstar Steph Curry has hosted his Under Armour Select Camp -- is expected to be the team's home.

Back in mid-April, Jalen Green -- the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft -- announced he was signing with the professional pathway program.

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Since then, several additional elite prospects have signed contracts with the squad. And in June, Oakland native Brian Shaw -- who served as an analyst for Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area last season -- was named head coach.

The team originally was going to be based in Southern California, but plans changed. And it's unclear at this point how the coronavirus pandemic will impact how it competes against the rest of the NBA G League franchises.

[RELATED: Why Warriors GM Myers got Forrest Gump nickname at UCLA]

The Warriors currently possess the Minnesota Timberwolves' top-three protected first-round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Assuming they don't trade the selection, and assuming NBA executives will be allowed to scout the prospects in person, Golden State general manager Bob Myers and the rest of the front office just might be spending a decent amount of time in Walnut Creek during the winter.

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Blazers' Damian Lillard wanted name of Oakland's Oscar Grant on jersey

Blazers' Damian Lillard wanted name of Oakland's Oscar Grant on jersey

Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard is wearing "How Many More" on the back of his jersey during the NBA's restart in Orlando as a protest against police brutality. 

If it were up to him, however, the back of his jersey would look much different. 

Lillard, an Oakland native, hoped to honor the late Oscar Grant. When Grant, a Black man, was just 22 years old, he was killed in the early morning hours of New Year's Day in 2009 by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland. Grant's death was turned into the award-winning movie, "Fruitvale Station" in 2013.

The five-time All-Star wasn't allowed to wear Grant's name on his jersey, though. The NBA is allowing players to wear social justice messages on the back of their jersey, but they must come from a selected list. 

[RELATED: Kerr: 'Message is clear' in why NBA players, coaches kneel]

The NBA has pained "Black Lives Matter" along the courts in Orlando. Players and coaches are showing unity, with many kneeling together during the national anthem. And voices have been heard throughout interviews, with many calling for the arrest of Breonna Taylor's murderers. 

But if the league is going to help choose how you can protest, it falls short. There's no reason why Lillard shouldn't be allowed to honor Oscar Grant on the back of his jersey.

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