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those JRich teams finally made that Warriors' PR slogan "A Great Time Out" a real thing, even though we were still losing.
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JRich's last second 3 pt shot against Dallas off the Terry missed FT made my friend a fan for life. He was like "If the Warriors win here, I'll be a fan for life" and the rest is history.

Thanks, JRich! pimp.gif

True story. That friend was me.
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^Lovely.

post #484 of 495
my favorite JRich moment right there

Kind of set the tone for those Don Nelson teams owning the Avery Johnson Mavs
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JRich's last second 3 pt shot against Dallas off the Terry missed FT made my friend a fan for life. He was like "If the Warriors win here, I'll be a fan for life" and the rest is history.

Thanks, JRich! pimp.gif

True story. That friend was me.
Peep the username on the YT video. It's NTer, one of my closest friends, JRICH4MVP pimp.gif.
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-Giving Stephen Jackson a contract extension.

Smh.
Our starting PG pimp.gif.
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Thompson: Jason Richardson never stopped being a Warrior

By Marcus Thompson

Bay Area News Group Columnist

 

 

Golden State Warriors’ Jason Richardson, during the second half of the playoff game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday Apr. 27, 2007.

 

During the Warriors' championship parade, Jason Richardson received several text messages, most of them pictures. He had a few friends from Oakland at the parade. They were sending him pictures of all the fans still wearing his old Warriors jersey.

 

 
 

Blew his mind. Every time Richardson has one of those Golden State experiences, every time he marinates on how beloved he is by Warriors fans, his emotions are bombarded by appreciation. And a little confusion.

 

 
 

"I don't understand it," Richardson said in a phone interview Thursday. "It amazes me. It really does. Why me? I didn't win many games. I wasn't an All-Star. I never guided them to the promised land. But Warriors fans have always shown me incredible love. Even when I was on other teams ... So much love. So much."

 

Golden State Warriors’ Baron Davis and Jason Richardson embrace as their victory is at hand against the Utah Jazz in the second half for Game 3 of

 

 
 

Richardson, who announced Wednesday night he was hanging it up after 14 NBA seasons, maintains he wanted to retire a Warrior. For many fans, he did.

 

 
 

Though he was traded to Charlotte in 2007 -- and spent the next eight seasons playing for the Bobcats, Suns, Magic and 76ers -- Richardson never stopped being a Warrior. He's rare that way.

 

 
 

He doesn't have the statistical prowess of the greats in Warriors history. But somehow, in the hearts of fans, he forced his way into their company.

 

 
 

Richardson was the pride of the Warriors when there wasn't much to be proud of. He was good enough to demand respect from opponents. He was competitive enough to go back at the other stars, at least let Warriors fans lose with dignity.

 

 
 

Most of all, Richardson wanted to be here. He loved the beautiful struggle of earning respect, which is how he made it from his humble beginnings in Saginaw, Michigan. He wanted to suffer with Warriors fans, which is why he never demanded a trade, never scaled back his devotion.

 

I still remember talking to him after he was traded on draft night. He was beside himself. Many star players left the Warriors happily. Richardson felt betrayed after the Warriors shipped him away, barely a month after the We Believe run, which Richardson considered his career highlight.

 

The Warriors lost 58.1 percent of their games in Richardson's six-year tenure. Yet Richardson wanted to stay. And to this day, his departure is considered one of the many misses in Warriors history.

 

"They respected my play," Richardson said. "Not my talent, but that I brought it every night. For a losing team, that's all they wanted and that's how I played. I think that's why they really have love for me."

 

Though Richardson is a rare enough case to justify retiring his No. 23 jersey, the rafters should be reserved for champions and all-time greats. But the Warriors should bring him back to the organization somehow. Player development. Team ambassador. Front office staffer. Something.

 

There are talks to get Richardson to a game in November. But anything more than that will have to wait. Richardson, 34, wants to make up for lost time with daughter Jaela, 15, and sons Jason II, 9, and Jaxon, 7.

 

"I'm going home," said Richardson, who lives in Denver, hometown of his wife, Jackie Paul. "I want to be with my family. The last three years especially have been tough. Not only for me but my wife. It has been a lot on her. My sons are getting older now. My daughter is playing basketball, already getting scholarship offers. I just want to be with them. I haven't really got that chance to actually be with them. I want to be a stay-at-home dad now."

 

In only three career categories will you find Richardson in the top 10 in Warriors history: 3-pointers attempted (second), 3-pointers made (third) and turnovers committed (10th).

 

But what the stats don't show is what he meant to the franchise.

 

His arrival came on the heels of the worst season in the franchise's Bay Area history, the 17-65 debacle in 2000-01. And from a macro perspective, he was at the tail end of a long line of Warriors futility.

 

The fan base had become accustomed to bad decisions and disappointing players. The Warriors were such an embarrassment that the six-year stretch of Don Nelson's first coaching tenure was considered by us under-40s to be the golden years. That Run TMC era never made it past the second round.

 

And then came this kid out of Michigan State, drafted No. 5 overall in 2001. At the time, Richardson was armed only with relentless drive, unreal leaping ability and a foundation formed from two years under coaching legend Tom Izzo.

But Richardson worked his way into Warriors lore.

 

He put the Warriors on the national map with back-to-back Slam Dunk titles, giving the franchise something to brag about.

 

He worked on his game, growing from merely an athlete into a capable scorer. He worked on his character, growing from a young knucklehead into a role model. He credited Calbert Cheaney, Avery Johnson and Derek Fisher for grooming him.

 

"That's when I started to change. They are true professionals," Richardson said, adding Grant Hill in Phoenix to the list. "My whole career has been full of things I couldn't do. I couldn't dribble. I couldn't shoot. But what I think about more than anything was growing up as a person. Coming into the NBA, you're 19, 20, 21 years old and you're given millions of dollars. I had to learn."

 

That personal development made Richardson only more likable. His continued pursuit of improvement mirrored Warriors' fans continued desire for improvement.

 

Hope was all that Warriors fans had through those woeful years. The clamor wasn't so much for a championship but to not be a laughingstock. Warriors fans just wanted to be relevant.

 

And for years, Richardson delivered.

 

Barry Bonds, Jerry Rice and Jason Richardson are the only professional athletes that I have owned multiple jerseys of.  So much appreciation from me.  Wish he could have been on our bench this past season so we could have gotten him a ring.

 

I agree that retired jersey numbers are reserved for all time greats.  But I am wholeheartedly on board with #23 never being worn by a Warrior again.

 

JRich.  :hat

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JRich's last second 3 pt shot against Dallas off the Terry missed FT made my friend a fan for life. He was like "If the Warriors win here, I'll be a fan for life" and the rest is history.

Thanks, JRich! pimp.gif

True story. That friend was me.
Peep the username on the YT video. It's NTer, one of my closest friends, JRICH4MVP pimp.gif.
That video was uploaded by @jrich for MVP? Dope. pimp.gif
post #489 of 495

That would be sweet if #23 was retired...But I wonder if Draymond would have a say in that lol.

 

Let him warm up for a game, start the game, and sub him out immediately.

 

Realized his jersey was the only jersey I bought. (Foyle's jersey was never available)

post #490 of 495
Warriors signed Ben Gordon. Much rather sign that bust Anthony Benette.
post #491 of 495

Is today Warriors Media Day?

 

So happy that basketball season is back. Something to look forward to, other than the 49ers losing.

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That would be sweet if #23 was retired...But I wonder if Draymond would have a say in that lol.

Let him warm up for a game, start the game, and sub him out immediately.

Realized his jersey was the only jersey I bought. (Foyle's jersey was never available)
Pretty sure Draymond wouldn't mind changing numbers at all. Didn't Draymond look up to him growing up since they were both from Saginaw?
post #493 of 495

So when does the new thread begin? :hat I want to see some media photos lol.

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So when does the new thread begin? pimp.gif  I want to see some media photos lol.
I'll go ahead and create it now.

I'll update it here asap.
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