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As Zaza Pachulia returns to Warriors, bromance with Klay Thompson is back

As Zaza Pachulia returns to Warriors, bromance with Klay Thompson is back

After a one-season hiatus, one of the NBA’s most bizarre yet comical friendships has once again joined forces. Well, not quite as Zaza Pachulia has joined the Warriors front office as a consultant after one season playing for the Detroit Pistons.

With Pachulia set to reunite with former teammate Klay Thompson, let’s take a look back at some of the more hilarious moments in what is one of the NBA’s strongest bromances.

October 21, 2016

Klay was frustrated after practice about blowing a tire on the way into the facility. A reporter asked which teammate Thompson would call first if he needed help with a tire, and he mentioned Zaza.

“(Pauses to think, smiles) Probably Zaza, he just looks like a handyman. I don’t know. He looks like he could lift a car. You don’t need a tire jack with Pachulia, he’ll just lift your car for you,” Thompson said.

December 5, 2016

After Klay’s record-setting performance, his locker neighbor shared a selfie congratulating Thompson.


May 12, 2017

After a playoff game in which Zaza scored seven points and Klay scored six, Pachulia was not about to let his All-Star teammate forget about it, giving a gift to remember the special night by.

Thompson responded the same day with his own shot at the big man's ability to fish.

"Nice photoshop Klay," Zaza replied on the Instagram post.

June 8, 2018

Once the Warriors clinched a second consecutive NBA championship, Pachulia tried to get a classic family photo during the celebration. No surprise here, but one of his teammates had to jump in.

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Pachulias and some dude @klaythompson

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August 24, 2019

After Klay posted a vacation selfie from France, his former teammate had to chime in.

"Finally somebody loves you bro," Zaza commented.

[RELATED: Watch Klay Thompson knock down jump shots to delight of Warriors fans]

I for one can’t wait for more viral moments between these two, although the dynamic may be different now that Pachulia has a role in the front office as opposed to on the roster.

Warriors recall rookie Alen Smailagic from G League before Knicks game

Warriors recall rookie Alen Smailagic from G League before Knicks game

Alen Smailagic just might make his NBA debut Wednesday night against the Knicks.

The Warriors recalled the rookie big man from their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the team announced.

Smailagic -- the No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 draft -- sprained his ankle during Golden State's second training camp practice, and was sidelined for nearly two months.

He made his season debut with the Sea Dubs on Nov. 29, and averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21.9 minutes over his first six appearances.

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The 19-year-old shot over 47 percent from the field and 33 percent (8-for-24) from 3-point territory.

At this point, it's unclear if the Serbian will travel with the Warriors for Friday's game at Utah, or if he will play in Santa Cruz on Friday night against the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.

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The Traveling Fan: Warriors fans fly to Dallas for Dubs vs. Mavericks

The Traveling Fan: Warriors fans fly to Dallas for Dubs vs. Mavericks

Warriors fans are everywhere, and always are well represented on the road. Southwest Airlines is helping make that happen. 

Warriors fans Daniel and ShawnAnthony flew on Southwest to Dallas, Texas for the Warriors-Mavericks game on Nov. 20. 

The guys ate delicious food, explored the city, and took in the game.

The Mavs blew out the Warriors 142-94 that game, but it didn’t stop the fans from having an incredible trip.

"We still believe baby, let's go!" Daniel said at the game.

You can check out the full video in the player above, and check back here at NBC Sports Bay Area for future episodes of “The Traveling Fan.”