“It Make the Young Dudes Hungry”: Former Hornets All-Star Explains the Impact of NBA Comebacks for Veterans During Warriors vs Grizzlies

Published 12/24/2021, 12:59 AM EST
Dec 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) high fives forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) after a play against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


The young players are shining through in the NBA. However, it is really important to have a mix of veterans as well. Their experience and leadership can make or break any team. Recently, veterans such as Isaiah Thomas and Joe Johnson made their return to the league. Baron Davis spoke about the impact and importance that experienced players have on a young team during the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies matchup.

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The Warriors have come up as an unexpected threat this season. No one could imagine them going off in such a manner. They are the second best team in the NBA behind Phoenix. The main reason behind that is the right blend of players. They have a great young core along with the right veterans around.

Nov 24, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) raises his hands next to forward Andrew Wiggins (22), forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Stephen Curry (30) during a timeout against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Former Warrior Baron Davis spoke about veterans making their return and how it is important for teams to have such players.

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Veterans paving the way for Warriors?

With the health and safety protocols looming over teams, the former players are coming in on 10 day contracts. Their impact may not be much on the court, but Baron Davis believes their off-court impact can cause a huge change. He explained how their stories brings a hunger in young guys to win. Moreover, he wants the veterans to finish off their careers in the best way.

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He said: “You know how it is when you get the vets. You on the bus, you living through them stories. That vet is talking about the playoffs or the championship they won. And it make the young dudes hungry. So you not hungry for the money, you hungry for what come with it you know what I mean.”

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This particularly applies to Davis’ former team, the Golden State Warriors. The Bay has a great blend of veterans to go with the young players. Their impact is going through to the young players who look hungry as ever to win. Veterans such as Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green have emerged as leaders for the youngsters. They have guided this team in the right direction and it is working wonders.

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With the ongoing trend, there could be other veterans making their way back as well. For the Warriors, their veterans continue to perform as well as fuel the young players to give it their all. Do you think the Warriors have the right pieces to win the championship this season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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