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Why Alec Burks still is proud of his decision to sign with Warriors

Why Alec Burks still is proud of his decision to sign with Warriors

It's been a wild last 12 months for Warriors guard Alec Burks.

In late November 2018, he was traded from Utah to Cleveland. A couple months later, the Cavs shipped him to Sacramento.

Soon after becoming a free agent on June 30, he agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Thunder. But when Oklahoma City traded Paul George to the Clippers, he was allowed out of his commitment.

Ultimately, he agreed to terms on a minimum deal with the Warriors.

"I talked to Steve Kerr and he sold me on it, basically," Burks told reporters in mid-July. "An opportunity. Playing winning basketball -- playoff basketball. Playing with great players."

Well, the Warriors almost certainly aren't going to the playoffs, and great players like Steph Curry and Draymond Green are banged up.

"It ain't been tough. I committed here for other reasons besides playing with those great players," Burks said after the Warriors' loss in Houston on Wednesday night. "I like the culture. I like Steve. I like Bob (Myers). That’s what sold me at first.

"And I like the people right here that’s playing, that’s healthy. We’ll eventually get those guys back. Doesn’t matter if we winning or losing, it’s just building a culture.

"I’m glad where I’m at. I’m proud I made a good decision.”

Burks made his debut Oct. 30 against the Suns and averaged 8.5 points over his first four appearances.

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He broke out against the Rockets, racking up 28 points, to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

"I'm still working. I feel like this is my preseason," he said after the game. "I missed the whole training camp. Still trying to catch a rhythm. It'll come along."

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Why Bob Myers questioned decision to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson

Why Bob Myers questioned decision to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson

Steve Kerr was hired as head coach of the Warriors in May 2014.

Since then, you have heard countless references to the incredible "culture" within the Golden State organization.

And despite the fact the Dubs have the worst record in the NBA right now, that culture remains strong. The foundation is rock solid.

Oh, you want an example? Glad you asked.

President of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers provided the following anecdote during a podcast appearance on "The TK Show" with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic:

"The night we traded (Alec) Burks and (Glenn) Robinson -- that was a little bit of a gut-wrenching thing for the people on the team. Those guys were good players and good guys and did everything we asked of them.

"And I had a moment, too. I started questioning. We're really kind of ripping our fabric apart here. And (assistant general manager) Mike Dunleavy -- who played 15 years -- said, 'Here's the other side of that coin: The fact that guys are in tears -- and we've only won 10 games or 12 games and don't want to leave -- says something about what you guys have created.'

"So I'm proud of that part ... it sucks to lose. But what makes it good or bad are the people."

Strong stuff.

Neither Burks or Robinson III wanted to be traded. Even when they found out they were going to a contender in the Philadelphia 76ers, they still were upset.

"To play those consistent minutes a night and perform well ... that’s the most disappointing part about coming here is that -- both of us are coming off career years where we’re looking at hopefully big numbers after the season," Robinson recently told Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders. "I know I’ve got a family to feed. So you think about all those things.

"All those things play a role, and then when you come here and your role’s not really explained or you don’t know what’s going on with the trade -- it’s not like it was a trade where you come in and immediately have an impact. It’s a little different, so ...

"This team is full of wings, full of guys who can play. So really, I don’t really understand it. But it’s a business, you’ve got to make it happen and go out and try to do your best every night.”

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It is a business, and Myers and the front office had an opportunity to acquire three second-round draft picks, so they jumped on it.

But the human element is very real, which caused Myers to second-guess the trade.

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New Warriors guard Mychal Mulder eager to help after G League stints

New Warriors guard Mychal Mulder eager to help after G League stints

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors' newest guard, Mychal Mulder, signed his 10-day contract just after shootaround on Thursday afternoon. By the end of the deal, the former Sioux Falls Skyforce guard hopes to play his way into a longer role with Golden State. 

Mulder got the call from a Warriors staffer Tuesday evening, asking if the guard was interested following a 100-99 victory over the Austin Spurs. Unsure of the number, he declined the call. When the number called again, he eagerly accepted the early morning flight to the Bay Area. 

"We want to offer you a 10-day," Mulder recalled the official saying. "I know it's late at night, but would you be willing to get on a flight over here at 6:00 a.m.?

"And I was like, 'Sir, I'll get on a flight anytime you want me to. I'll go right now if you want.' "

His arrival is needed. A competent 3-point shooter, he made 39 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in 33 appearances. As Mulder's makes accumulated, the Warriors have made just 33 percent of their 3-pointers on the season, the third-worst mark in the NBA. 

Mulders' career has been defined by movement. After light recruitment out of high school, he attended Vincennes University, averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore, earning a scholarship to Kentucky. Following a two-year stint with the Wildcats, he went undrafted, and then had stints with the Skyforce where he earned a training camp invite with the Miami Heat in September.

On Thursday, he credited the G League with his development. 

"I got a ton of love, a ton of respect for the G," he said. "Me being a Juco guy too, I'm kind of a guy that understands the long road, the path less traveled. And the growth of the G League over the last five, 10 years or so, even the last three that I've been in it, it's been amazing to see." 

With the Skyforce, former Warriors guard Jarrett Jack was Mulder's teammate, giving the 25-year-old journeymen sage advice on his way out of the G League. 

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"He was the first one to call me talking about, 'I'm going to call those guys down there and make sure they take care of you. And anything you need, give me a call. I'll have it for you in 30 minutes. I'm going to take care of you.'

"It's great to have a vet like that around," Mulder added. "And you can really see it, how he interacts with the guys and the rookie guys, he makes us so much better and helps us learn and get over that learning curve so much faster."

Now, In his first 10 days in Golden State, Mulder is expected to join the team in upcoming matchups against the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers. Nonetheless, Mulder feels confident he can provide value to a battered roster. 

"Whatever role these guys want me in, I'm absolutely happy to do it," he said. "Whether it's shoot the ball, whether it's make plays for others, whether it's wave a towel. I'm out here to do whatever I can do for the team and help the team win to the best of my abilities, and that's all my job is."