What D'Angelo Russell said about Warriors fans during free agent meeting

What D'Angelo Russell said about Warriors fans during free agent meeting

Soon after NBA free agency commenced on June 30, the Warriors sat down face-to-face with D'Angelo Russell.

It didn't take long for the two sides to agree on a four-year max contract worth $117.3 million. It also didn't take long for the All-Star guard to profess his love for Warriors fans.

Golden State assistant GM, Kirk Lacob, revealed the following to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night in Las Vegas:

"He was awesome in person. He was unbelievably excited about the opportunity. He loves Dub Nation. He thinks we have the coolest fans anywhere. I thought that was pretty cool for somebody to bring up.

"He brought it up unsolicited. He said, 'You guys, or we now hopefully, have the best fans. I loved playing at Oracle, I'm gonna love playing at Chase Center.' The thing he said actually was, 'Your fans are knowledgable about the game. They know what they're talking about. They cheer for the right reasons and I'm excited to be in a place where that's the case.'"

Russell played at Oracle Arena four times over his first four NBA seasons, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds on 42 percent shooting overall.

"You're playing in this league, you know you hate playing in Oracle," Russell told NBC Sports Bay Area. "Simple as that. Being a young player, I got to play them a lot. I know it's hard to play there. It's a place you can't really hear the person next to you."

But the 23-year-old won't ever play at Oracle again as the franchise is moving to Chase Center. 

"That's all I've been hearing," he said. "Anybody I talk to [related to the] Warriors, that's the first thing they mention. I'm excited."

Russell is from Kentucky, went to high school for three years in Florida, played one season of college ball at Ohio State, spent his first two NBA seasons in Los Angeles and the last two in Brooklyn. 

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He's about to relocate again and is looking forward to learning more about his home turf.

"I don't know the Bay Area that much," he said. "So it's a great opportunity to explore when I get there and figure out where my spots are."

Make him feel at home Warriors fans.

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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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