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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.

Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell signs with Dwyane Wade's shoe company

Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell signs with Dwyane Wade's shoe company

D'Angelo Russell no longer is a free agent when it comes to the shoe game. The Warriors guard officially will be the on-court face of Li-Ning's Way of Wade shoe brand. 

Future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade announced the news in a video through B/R Kicks on Thursday. 

Wade called the decision to sign Russell a "no-brainer."

"I am passing the torch, and I am welcoming D-Lo to the Way of Wade brand," Wade said. "I am excited to pass the torch to him, man." 

The former Heat star went on to congratulate Russell on Twitter. 

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While he currently is sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb, Russell has been enjoying a career-year in his first season as a Warrior. Through 10 games, the former No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging a career-high 24.3 points per game. 

Russell also is averaging 6.7 assists per game for the injury-ravaged Warriors while shooting a career-best 45.5 percent from the field. While Golden State is searching for wins, D-Lo certainly has done his part offensively.

NCAA to rule potential Warriors draft target James Wiseman eligible

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NCAA to rule potential Warriors draft target James Wiseman eligible

The NCAA is stupid, but you already knew that.

After ruling Memphis center James Wiseman -- the presumptive No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft -- ineligible for the current collegiate season for accepting $11,500 in moving expenses, the governing body has reversed course ... sort of.

On Wednesday, the NCAA ruled Wiseman re-eligible before suspending him for 12 games, and mandated that he donate the same sum to a charity of his choice before being cleared to play.

This is where the NCAA's hypocrisy truly shines through. Wiseman was ruled ineligible for accepting money -- money he and his family didn't have -- to move to Memphis in high school, back when current Tigers coach Penny Hardaway coached Wiseman at East High School. Now, in order to get back on the court, the NCAA is making him dig up $11,500, even though the responsibilities and obligations required to fulfill his collegiate basketball scholarship make it all but impossible to hold down an additional job.

But we can't pay college athletes. No, that would be un-American.

Baloney.

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Hypocrisy aside, the NCAA coming to its senses is good news for Wiseman -- and for any team picking near the top of the upcoming draft.

That includes the Warriors, who have already scouted Wiseman up close and currently occupy the worst record in the NBA. Once he returns to action on Jan. 12, Wiseman will have an opportunity to play in as many as 16 games before any conference tournaments and March Madness. That should provide ample tape for NBA teams to evaluate someone who is widely regarded as the best big man available in the draft.