Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson visits pivotal stop on journey to NBA


Warriors' Juan Toscano-Anderson visits pivotal stop on journey to NBA

Juan Toscano-Anderson visited an important stop on his journey to the NBA during the All-Star break. 

The Warriors rookie, about a week after making his NBA debut for his hometown team, traveled to Monterrey, Mexico and visited students at a local elementary school. 

Toscano-Anderson played two seasons for Fuerza Regia de Monterrey in Mexico's top league, earning All-Star Game MVP honors in both appearances and winning a title in 2016-17. His grandfather immigrated from Michoacán to East Oakland, and he has played for Mexico in international competitions. 

"They showed me so much love," Toscano-Anderson told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock in October of his time with Fuerza Regia. "They were always offering to cook food for me, invited me over to eat, give me rides places. I didn't have a car out there and stuff, just everything man. They're real good people."

Toscano-Anderson watched his former team play during the break, too, sitting alongside a sports star who calls Monterrey home: Tigres UANL striker André-Pierre Gignac.

Gignac signed a Tigres kit for Toscano-Anderson earlier in the day, too. 

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Toscano-Anderson returned to Monterrey a bonafide NBA player. The 26-year-old made his debut two days after the Warriors revamped their roster at the trade deadline, and Toscano played nearly 16 minutes a night in his three appearances before the All-Star break. 

Reaching the NBA with the team you grew up watching is special, and so is Toscano-Anderson sharing that accomplishment with those who helped him get there.

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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