Warriors' Zaza Pachulia buys lunch for 70 Bay Area healthcare workers

Warriors' Zaza Pachulia buys lunch for 70 Bay Area healthcare workers

Oftentimes, it’s the gesture that matters most.

Zaza Pachulia has seen the images on social media and TV. Doctors and nurses and other healthcare workers laboring through fatigue, trying to stem the tide of a virus that has killed nearly 13,000 in America and more than 80,000 worldwide.

The former Warriors center, now a team consultant, felt the urge do something. Didn’t have to be massive. Just enough to show he cared. That somebody cared.

So, Pachulia decided to dig into his pocket and feed those too busy to eat. He arranged for a hot lunch to be served ln Tuesday to more than 70 San Francisco healthcare workers.

“We all have to help each other, wherever we can,” Pachulia said over the phone. “It doesn’t matter how much, or what, you do. It’s about making each person feel like you’re thinking about them and appreciate what they do.”

In accordance with social-distancing measures in effect throughout California, Pachulia did not make a personal appearance. Though he is a native of the Republic of Georgia, he has settled his family in the Bay Area.

His contribution brought aid and comfort beyond those that enjoyed the food that was delivered around noon by a Mexican restaurant located in the East Bay.

“So many small businesses and middle-size businesses are hurting right now,” Pachulia said. “Some have closed and shut down. They have a lot of challenges. Hopefully a big order can help them a little bit, give them a breather for now.”

As a coincidence, Pachulia’s gesture came on World Health Day.

“When you think about it, these are the people that are working the hardest and sacrificing their health and time,” he said. “I’ve seen pictures . . . those doctors and nurses are in these hospitals 24/7, sleeping at their desks whenever they get a minute. They’re trying to get a second of rest with patients coming nonstop.

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“It’s just lunch, probably not a big deal. The biggest thing for me is to send a message that we appreciate their sacrifice. They are the real heroes. They’re saving lives. They’re working hard, sacrificing family time, their health, their lives.”

The gesture itself is magnanimous. The spirit, however, is priceless.

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Every Warriors fan remembers exactly where they were when Klay Thompson saved Golden State's season in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City.

I was in Nashville, Tenn., for a cousin's wedding, unable to watch the thriller on TV. I had to follow along on Twitter.

With the 73-win Warriors on the verge of being eliminated by the Thunder, Thompson went thermonuclear with a single-game NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers. He finished with 41 points, and "Game 6 Klay" was born.

It's one of the most iconic performances in Bay Area sports history.

But does it belong on the Mount Rushmore of best Bay Area performances? Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes so, and he explained why Friday during an interview with 95.7 The Game.

"Just one of the most incredible, clutch performances in such a desperate moment," Kerr said on the "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" show. "We were really dominated for most of those series, and we were just hanging on for dear life in that game, down eight or 10 for most of the game. I've watched that game several times since, and it's almost impossible to fathom what Klay did and what he was able to do individually in that game to pull the game for us. It was just an amazing performance."

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Thompson's performance allowed the Warriors to return home for a Game 7, where they knocked off the Thunder to advance to a second straight NBA Finals.

In terms of best Bay Area performances or moments, I would lock in Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC, Madison Bumgarner's Game 7 relief outing against the Kansas City Royals in 2014, and the Joe Montana-Dwight Clark "The Catch" from the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The fourth member of this list is open for debate. Could it be Travis Ishikawa's pennant-winning homer in 2014? Steph Curry's 37-point performance in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals? Kevin Durant's dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Montana's Super Bowl XXIII-winning pass to John Taylor? Montana's five-touchdown performance in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIV win? Steve Young's six-touchdown effort in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX win over the San Diego Chargers? Edgar Renteria's two-run homer in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series? Cal-Stanford's "The Play" in 1982? Something else?

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Bay Area sports fans, tell us which four individual postseason performances or moments you would carve into your Mount Rushmore.

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Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

Where Steph Curry's back-to-back MVPs rank among 2010s award winners

The last decade was littered with some of the greatest MVP seasons in NBA history.

From Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to LeBron James taking his game to new heights during the 2012-13 season, there was no shortage of singular campaigns to remember. Of course, Warriors star Steph Curry was plenty unprecedented on his own, becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2015-16 and the only player other than James to win the award multiple times in the 2010s.

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Curry's MVP wins will stand the test of time, but where do those campaigns stand among his award-winning peers' in the last 10 years? Here's how I ranked the MVP-winning seasons of the 2010s, starting with arguably the biggest outlier among the bunch. 


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