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Those who watch Warriors pregame activities might have noticed a trend in Steph Curry’s attire when he arrives to games. He’s been wearing throwback jerseys, but not his own.
Curry is a living legend for the Warriors. He’s broken records, led the team to championships, and worked to connect with the Oakland community, where the team has played since he was drafted in 2009.
Now that the team’s days playing at Oracle Arena is ending, Curry has been paying tribute to players who have stepped onto the court in Oracle by wearing their jerseys when arriving at the stadium.
For the Warriors’ final regular-season home game Sunday agaist the Clippers, Curry decided to take it back to the “We Believe” era with a Monta Ellis jersey. Like Curry, Ellis, who played with Steph from 2009-2012, had a penchant for hitting trick shots, like this one.
Curry’s tributes began with another “We Believe” player.
“Operation honor the [goats] of Oracle Arena. Day 1!” Curry posted in an Instagram post of him wearing the jersey of Baron Davis on March 24 before the Warriors’ win over the Detroit Pistons.
Curry is currently featured on an poster with Davis outside of Oracle Arena. The poster says “Game recognize game” and shows Curry and Davis in their Warriors’ jerseys, superimposed to look like they are doing a chest bump. The two legendary Warriors guards have connections to Charlotte, too, as Davis started his NBA career there and Curry grew up there.
Another Warrior from the “We Believe” era, Stephen Jackson, who was team captain during that season with Davis, was the player honored on the second day of Steph’s celebration. He was photographed by the Warriors PR team entering the arena, but more attention was paid to the oven mitt that he was carrying into the arena, a reference to a foul on him that wasn’t called during an overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Curry honored one of his former teammates, Andres Biedrins, on April 3, the third day of his celebration, which was also Biedrins’ birthday. The center played for the Dubs from 2004-2014. Biedrins was also on the “We Believe” Warriors squad.
Most recently, Curry honored Tim Hardaway, the point guard during another Warriors golden era. “Run TMC era no explanation needed!” Curry shared in an Instagram post of him wearing Hardaway’s jersey.
Curry’s celebration of past Warriors greats inspired one of his teammates, Draymond Green, to temporarily borrow, or steal, from him. He wore the jersey of yet another “We Believe” Warrior, Jason Richardson, whom Green said he grew up admiring.
“I got respect for all those guys that came before me, but this was the one I really wanted to wear. Obviously, the thing with Steph’s idea, and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s dope!'” Green told reporters after the Warriors 116-102 win over the Denver Nuggets on April 2.
“Then I walked in the locker room at the practice facility one day before Steph got there. It’s always good to be the first one at the gym. So, I walked in, and he had all the jerseys hanging up in his locker, and I quickly went to snatch this one. So, I stole it, and I got away with it.”
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