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Warriors sign Dragan Bender, former first-round draft pick, to 10-day contract

Warriors sign Dragan Bender, former first-round draft pick, to 10-day contract

The Warriors have filled one of their open roster spots.

Dragan Bender, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, signed a 10-day contract with Golden State, the team announced Sunday.

The potential move was first reported Thursday.

As the Warriors season winds down, they plan to get a look at a number of players.

"I know we have a list of players who we'd like to take a look at," coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday night. "We'll see how that all pans out.

"But there's a good chance that over the last couple months of the season we take a look at some different players. That's the idea."

Bender started the season with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he was waived Feb. 10 after appearing in just seven games.

The 22-year-old did play in 13 G League contests with the Wisconsin Herd, averaging 20.5 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting over 38 percent from deep.

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His best season was in 2017-18 when he averaged 6.5 points and 4.4 rebounds over 25.2 minutes per game.

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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.