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Kelenna Azubuike
Kelenna Azubuike
Position: None
Born: 12/16/83
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
“I remember the Warriors flew in as a team to play us – Stephen Jackson brought out Matt Barnes and Kelenna Azubuike,” Dudley said. “I remember thinking, ‘Wait. What? The Warriors are flying in to play our pick-up squad? What’s happening?’ “People were flying in to play us or asking us to travel to different gyms! It’s not like we entered the offseason thinking, ‘We’re going to go into summer basketball and destroy everyone!’ No, we were just working out, trying to get better and this just kind of happened.”
Nelson’s time coaching the Mavericks also served to help. Having helped engineer the draft day trade that delivered Nowitzki to Dallas in 1999, Nelson’s stint during Nowitzki’s formative years gave him great insight into how to frustrate the league’s MVP. “It helped a ton,” says Azubuike, who was plucked out of the D-League when Richardson went down in January. “He knew Dirk’s every move pretty much, and we made him turn the ball over a ton because of that. He’d get the ball around the free-throw line, and coach would say, ‘OK, he’s about to spin,’ and he’d have us practice sending one guy over there when he turned and we’d be able to get that steal. It wasn’t just that play; there were a bunch like that. It helped us tremendously.”
Last week, Stephen Jackson made a bold declaration. “My Warriors team would beat today’s Warriors team,” Jackson said. “I guarantee that. I guarantee that.” What does Kelenna Azubuike think about that? “I totally disagree. I love Stack Jack. He has a lot of pride. He loves that ‘We Believe’ team. But this team is just better,” Azubuike said on KNBR 1050 on Tuesday. “They have more closers, they close better, they’re better in crunch time. Yeah, we beat No. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks, but that next Utah series, we couldn’t make free throws when they counted, we just couldn’t close them out. We lost some games we should have won.”
The NBA D-League Showcase will have a familiar face court side this week in Santa Cruz, as former Golden State Warriors call-up Kelenna Azubuike will be on the call for NBA TV. This season, Azubuike has been alongside former Golden State head coach and General Manager Garry St. Jean on the pre, and post game show on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area covering the Golden State Warriors. Now, he’ll get his opportunity to provide color commentary at the D-League’s premier event.