Warriors offer Anderson Varejao championship ring for last season, he accepts

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Warriors offer Anderson Varejao championship ring for last season, he accepts

Post by bobheckler on Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:54 am


Warriors offer Anderson Varejao championship ring for last season, he accepts

Kurt Helin,NBC Sports 23 hours ago

Anderson Varejao played 14 games for the Golden State Warriors last season, after having been part of their Finals team down the stretch the season before. However, partway through last season, when Shaun Livingston was banged up, the Warriors waived Varejao to make room to sign Briante Weber, a D-League point guard who could provide some depth behind Stephen Curry.

When training camp opened this year, one of the topics the Warriors discussed was whether Varejao, now out of the league, deserved a ring. From the sportv.globo.com site in Brazil, via NBA Reddit.

“Two weeks ago I got a call from the Golden State and they told me that there was a vote between the players and the coaching staff, and they decided that it would be well deserved that I receive a ring for the time I spent with them.”

Varejao accepted the ring.

Which seems a fitting end for the 13-year NBA career of the Brazilian big man. He was a fan (and LeBron) favorite in Cleveland for a decade who finished his career with the Warriors. He averaged 7.3 points and 7.2 assists per game, made the NBA All-Defensive Team one season, and fans loved him for his hard-nosed style of play.

The Cavaliers had offered him a ring the season before when they won the title — he had played half a season for them before he was traded for Channing Frye in a three-team deal (Varejao went to Portland, but they waived him before he could put on a jersey). The Warriors picked up Varejao, and he said he did not accept the ring from the Cavs because he had played for the opposition on the Finals.

Now he has got one of his own.

MY NOTE: Pretty classy of Varajao to refuse the Cleveland ring because he played for the opposition in the Finals (but played for the Cavs for the first half of the season). I think most players would have taken the bling, justifying it as being for all the years he toiled in Cleveland.


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