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Zaza Pachulia joins Warriors as consultant; Mike Dunleavy Jr. promoted

Zaza Pachulia joins Warriors as consultant; Mike Dunleavy Jr. promoted

The Warriors basketball operations department is going to have a new (old?) face this season. 

On Thursday, the Warriors announced they are welcoming back Zaza Pachulia as a consultant. The Warriors also announced they promoted Mike Dunleavy Jr. from pro scout to assistant general manager.

Dunleavy Jr. played for 15 seasons in the NBA, including four-plus seasons with the Warriors from 2002-2007. He played his college ball at Duke. Dunleavy joined the Warriors basketball operations department as a pro scout prior to the beginning of last season.

Pachulia was a member of both the 2017 and 2018 NBA title-winning teams. He will be consulting on both the business side and basketball side.

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The Warriors also announced that Kirk Lacob has been promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations, Kent Lacob now is the director of team development and Jacob Rubin now is an assistant video coordinator.

Klay Thompson rips Trump administration for treatment of Bahamians

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Klay Thompson rips Trump administration for treatment of Bahamians

For Klay Thompson, the destruction to The Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian hits close to home.

Thompson's father, Mychal, was born on the island, and the Warriors star returns every year to visit family.

The Thompson family also has a charity foundation that helps the youth in the US and the Bahamas.

So it must have been heartbreaking for Thompson to see so many Bahamians lose everything.

On Friday night, Thompson wrote a long Instagram post asking for small and large donations to help the citizens affected by Hurricane Dorian.

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These past few weeks have been so unimaginably hard for Bahamians, especially on the islands of Abaco and Freeport. People have lost everything- loved ones, family, possessions, homes. Whatever you cherish it’s gone for these communities. This is far from a quick fix, it will take years and years of rebuilding. The @thompsonfamilyfoundation will do everything in its power to help with relief efforts right now and for many years to come. All contributions no matter how big or small will go long way and are greatly appreciated. Secondly, shame on our current administration for not welcoming our Bahamian neighbors in their greatest time of need. I’ve been so lucky to visit my family in Nassau since childhood, and in those times I’ve seen countless Americans use the Bahamian islands as their playground for letting loose and vacationing. And now we turn our back on the people who welcomed us with open arms, when they’ve lost everything !? There’s no excuse for this... and if you have one your a real piece of 💩 Bahamians will persevere, but help along the way is greatly appreciated. Thank you ❤️ 🇧🇸

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But the Warriors star also had a direct message for President Donald Trump.

"Secondly, shame on our current administration for not welcoming our Bahamian neighbors in their greatest time of need. I’ve been so lucky to visit my family in Nassau since childhood, and in those times I’ve seen countless Americans use the Bahamian islands as their playground for letting loose and vacationing.

"And now we turn our back on the people who welcomed us with open arms, when they’ve lost everything !? There’s no excuse for this... and if you have one your a real piece of 💩"

In the wake of the hurricane, Bahamians were seeking temporary protected status in the US until it was safe to return to the island. But earlier this week, the Trump administration denied the request.

Thompson isn't the first local athlete to ask for donations to help The Bahamas. Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield, who was born in Freeport, donated $100,000 to relief efforts and has started a GoFundMe page to raise money.

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"My heart is broken for my fellow Bahamians, especially on the island I was raised on, Grand Bahama," Hield wrote last week.

Thompson's shot at Trump isn't the first time a Warriors player has gone at Trump, and it certainly won't be the last time.

Four Warriors listed among Sports Illustrated Top 100 NBA players for 2020

Four Warriors listed among Sports Illustrated Top 100 NBA players for 2020

It seems nothing fires sports fans up more on social media than player rankings, especially when it comes to the NBA.

Sports Illustrated recently took a stab at predicting the top 100 players for 2020 with the upcoming NBA season just over a month away.

There are four Warriors among the field, but where they ended up just might surprise you.

Five-time All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson checks in at No. 58, which would be absolutely laughable if not for the ACL tear he suffered in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

With a return at best coming in March, Thompson will not be much of a factor for Golden State in the regular season, so any attempt to rank him is clouded until we see how the recovery process plays out. 

The most curious selection comes next, as D’Angelo Russell sits at No. 44 on the list. 

Now I may not be an expert, but if a player is named to an All-Star team in the NBA, he is likely at least among the top 30 players in the league, as each roster has 13 players selected.

In 81 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season, Russell ranked second in the league as he assisted on 41.3 percent of his team's points while in the game. Now imagine his supporting cast including Steph Curry and Draymond Green instead of Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris.

Russell is also listed behind players like Kevin Love, Steven Adams, and De’Aaron Fox, all of whom weren’t even in the same conversation to be an All-Star in 2018-19. Fox could make a major jump in his third NBA season, but the other two are not exactly in their prime. Russell’s placement here is questionable at best.

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The other two Warriors listed are no surprise, as Draymond Green finds himself at No. 17, while Steph Curry is ranked the No. 4 overall player for 2019-20, sandwiched between James Harden and LeBron James.

All the predictions and opinions can finally be pushed to the side when the NBA regular season gets underway on Oct. 22.