Despite a stormy end to the season, the Warriors have often lamented a lack of personnel during the year. A surprising player would have even been on the verge of signing a contract with the franchise to help it out!
Going from a bench made up of Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala and other Marreese Speights, to a second team with Jordan Poole, Kent Bazemore or Mychal Mulder should not have been easy. However, this is the transition that the Warriors have made in recent years, thus marking their demotion to the background of the NBA.
The 2020-21 fiscal year will have been particularly tough on this point for Steve Kerr, who had to compete in inventiveness to set up a correct rotation. For a while he even imagined ask Leandro Barbosa to put on the sneakers. The Brazilian full-back, last guest of the “Stein, Guru & Dibs Show” of 95.7 The Game, has also revealed that this crazy possibility was on the verge of becoming a reality!
To be honest, I was more than close, my friend. But I was not so lucky. But it’s not big deal. Yes, I had the physical condition, and I still have it. I was very excited to hear Steve Kerr say that. In fact, he came to see me once or twice and asked me if I was OK to come back. I told him, “Sure, absolutely. I can still play, I have experience, I can help guys and I’m around. Then yes. “
Golden State player for two seasons, Barbosa notably won his only champion’s ring in 2015. He subsequently maintained very good relations with the directors of Dubs, which allowed him to return as an assistant. coach in 2020. It would therefore have represented an interesting internal solution for Californians.
Nevertheless, his 38 years must have weighed in the balance, since it is ultimately without him that Stephen Curry & co. concluded the season. The Brazilian Blur will therefore try to prove that it has not lost any of its splendor on the grounds of BIG 3 this summer. He does not rule out a return to the NBA in the future, believing that he can always rely on his main quality.
I am convinced that I can always beat my opponents. It’s sure and certain. I know that, because I was doing it with the Warriors players on the training grounds.
He must now hope that his superiors will leave a vacant spot in the workforce next year, so as to offer him a last stand in the league.
Desperate at the lack of depth of their roster, the Warriors almost offered Leandro Barbosa an unusual opportunity to find the NBA floors. Unfortunately for him, this scenario will remain in the end only imaginary.