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Why Warriors coach says D'Angelo Russell can be 'really, really good'

Why Warriors coach says D'Angelo Russell can be 'really, really good'

When watching Steph Curry go over his famous pregame routine, there always is one person by the superstar's side: Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser. 

Going into the 2019-20 NBA regular season, Fraser has closely been working with another Golden State guard. Fraser often is seen after practice expanding D'Angelo Russell's game as the young guard inserts himself into coach Steve Kerr's offense. 

In Fraser's short time working with Russell, the coach already has been pleasantly surprised by the left-hander's shooting stroke. 

"I knew he could shoot it, but he’s kept up with Steph in some of the drills and then there are areas of his game that he can improve on, so we’ve been working on that," Fraser said to the Mercury News' Wes Goldberg. "He’s going to be really good.”

One area in particular that Fraser wants the former No. 2 overall draft pick to work on is shooting off the dribble. The coach believes Russell compares well to Curry on shooting off the catch, but is quite behind the two-time MVP with pulling up off a dribble. 

Fraser is using Curry as motivation, too. He personally witnessed how hard Steph worked over the years to master his craft and thinks Russell can get to that point as well. 

"For D’Angelo, the exciting thing is that he has an even higher ceiling, so that, over time, is what we’ll try to get to," Fraser said. "Not just with me, but with all the player development coaches that are involved with him." 

The past few seasons, the Warriors have added older, veteran players to a star-studded roster. Signing Russell, whom the Warriors acquired in a sign-and-trade with the Nets this offseason when Kevin Durant departed for Brooklyn, is a whole different situation. 

Russell, 23, is on his third team in five years since being drafted in 2015, and is coming off a career-year where the All-Star averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game. 

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"It’s exciting. It’s exciting for him, it’s exciting for us. He has a chance to be really, really good. He’s a really good playmaker, he’s a really good passer, along with a scorer," Fraser said. "It’s unfortunate that we don’t have Klay to give him another guy to throw it to, but in the meantime we’ve got to develop our young talent. D’Angelo is a part of that.

"It’s going to be a growth year for us, and D’Angelo is in that category, and we’re excited to have him.”

When it's all said and done, Fraser sees Curry and Russell starring in the same backcourt. Just give it time.

Steph Curry, daughters soak in Sabrina Ionescu’s latest triple-double

Steph Curry, daughters soak in Sabrina Ionescu’s latest triple-double

Steph Curry has followed Sabrina Ionescu since her junior year of high school in Orinda. So naturally, when the University of Oregon basketball star returned to the Bay for the final time in her collegiate career Friday night, the Warriors star went to Haas Pavilion to watch her and the Ducks face the Cal Bears.

After Ionescu registered her seventh of the season and the 25th triple-double of her career in Oregon's 93-61 win, GOAT met GOAT, along with two special guests -- Curry's daughters, Riley and Ryan.

Curry clearly is a fan of Ionescu, who dropped 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Berkeley. She is nine rebounds away from becoming college basketball’s first 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound, 1,000-assist player.

"Everything," Curry told Pac-12 Network's Kate Scott when asked what has impressed him about Ionescu since he first learned of her. "It's hard to pick one thing. Just her passion for the game, her leadership. She has got that winning mentality, and every night, she just appreciates being out on the floor and bringing it.

"She makes her teammates better but still plays her own game. The triple-doubles are nice, too, but she just has it all."

"Stats, they mean a lot," Curry added, "but when you get to watch somebody -- and, like I said, the passion that she brings, it's in her eyes. The competitive nature that she has, you can't teach that. She could be blessed with all the talent in the world, but if she didn't have that, she wouldn't be who she was."

Curry had great seats on the baseline at Haas, but he wasn't alone. He had his two daughters taking it all in with him.

"This is a pretty awesome experience," Curry said of being there with his daughters. "This is their first women's basketball game, so I'm excited to share that with them. Riley has been asking about it all day. 'When are we going? When are we going?' So, hopefully Sabrina teaches her something."

Curry isn't certain his daughters will follow in his own footsteps, but he believes they can learn plenty from Ionescu, both on and off the court.

"I think it's important in terms of role models that they can look up to," Curry described the gravity of Ionescu's impact. "I don't know if they're going to play basketball or not, but if they do, then I'm definitely going to put on some Sabrina clips and let them know this is how you play the game the right way."

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Steph won't have to search long for those clips. As impressive as she has been, Ionescu is just getting started.

Mic'd-up Ky Bowman brings fun, passion to recent Santa Cruz Warriors practice

Mic'd-up Ky Bowman brings fun, passion to recent Santa Cruz Warriors practice

The Warriors are in the midst of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, currently averaging nearly four losses for every win. They only have two winning "streaks" so far, and in the face of constant losing, it would be completely understandable if the team's morale suffered.

Yes, there have been extended periods throughout the course of the season during which Golden State has hung its heads. After all, this is a stark contrast to the reality the franchise has recently become used to. But, thanks to an influx of new players, most of which are young and fighting for their NBA opportunities, the Warriors have managed to have plenty of fun amid all the losses.

Given what Ky Bowman said while mic'd up at a recent Santa Cruz Warriors practice, and it's easy to see why.

Have a look for yourself in the video at the top of the page.

He doesn't ever seem to slow down or stop talking, and it sure looks like his enthusiasm is contagious. Bowman has gone back and forth between Golden State and Santa Cruz this year, and he brings that lively spirit with him wherever he goes.

Thanks to his own determination, the hope is that he won't be making that trip much more often. After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, Bowman signed a two-way deal with Golden State. However, he outperformed that, and the Warriors signed him to a standard, multi-year NBA contract on Feb. 7.

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Bowman appears to be a part of the Warriors' future, which should include plenty more laughs.