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As part of Stephen Curry’s farewell to Oakland, his partner Under Armour created the “Thank You, Oakland” Curry 6. It’s a slick shoe, black with yellow accents; the word “Oakland” is written across the side.
As part of the PR campaign for the shoe, Curry chose 30 people to gift them to. The list provides a fascinating insight into Curry’s 10 years in Oakland.
Some are familiar faces to Warriors fans: Bob Myers, the team’s president of basketball operations, former Golden State coach Don Nelson and team owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. Dig deeper and you find a portrait of the behind-the-scenes people who kept Curry safe and cared for: his driver Chip Varela, his former personal security guard Ralph Walker and Curtis Jones, the Oracle Arena security guard who throws Curry the ball in every pregame tunnel shot.
Then, there are a handful of locals who work with Curry off the court. There’s Yusef Wright, the curator and barber at Benny Adem Grooming Parlor, John Shouts, who details the Warriors’ cars, and Jas Leverette, a dog behaviorist at Cali K9 who trained the Curry dogs Reza and Rookie.
Here are a full list of friends and Warriors associates who received the shoe:
Bob Fitzgerald, Golden State Warriors TV Play-by-Play Broadcaster
Bob Myers, Golden State Warriors Basketball Operations President
Brett Yamaguchi, Golden State Warriors Operations Director
Charles Dexter, Oracle Arena Roam Team, Jones BBQ, Foot Massage
Chip Varela, Stephen’s Personal Driver
Curtis Jones, Oracle Arena Security Guard, throws Stephen the ball for his tunnel shot
Dale Garrison, Oracle Arena Roam Team, Jones BBQ, Foot Massage
Damon Poindexter, Oracle Arena Parking Attendant
DJ D Sharp, Golden State Warriors DJ
Don Nelson, Golden State Warriors Coach during Stephen’s rookie year
Donald Marzette, Golden State Warriors Practice Facility Security
Eric Housen, Golden State Warriors Director of Team Operations
George Henderson, Director of Bushrod Community Center
James Young, Golden State Warriors Shot Clock Operator
Jas Leverette, Bay Area K9 Trainer and Dog Behaviorist at Cali K9
Jeff Addiego, Golden State Warriors Director of Youth Camps
Jim Barnett, Golden State Warriors TV Color Analyst
Joe Lacob, Golden State Warriors Chairman
John Shouts, Golden State Warriors and Stephen’s Personal Vehicle Detailer
Jordan Jimenez, Bay Area-Based Photographer
Larry Riley, Current Golden State Warriors Scout, former GM responsible for drafting Stephen
Laurence Scott, Golden State Warriors Team Videographer
Matt Hurwitz, former Golden State Warriors PA Announcer
Nanea McGuigan, Golden State Warriors Basketball Operations Director
Norm Davis, Oracle Arena Security Guard
Peter Guber, Golden State Warriors Owner
Ralph Walker, Stephen’s Now Retired Personal Security Guard
Raymond Ridder, Golden State Warriors VP of Media
Regina Jackson, President of East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC)
Yusef Wright, Curator & Barber at Benny Adem Grooming Parlor
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