Marquese Chriss Rumors

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Marquese Chriss
Marquese Chriss
Position: F
Born: 07/02/97
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:233 lbs. / 105.7 kg.
Salary: $1,413,273
Ben Clarfield, Golden State’s manager of youth basketball, earlier hustled from station to station with a white piece of paper telling the coaches a special guest was about to join their screens: Golden State power forward Marquese Chriss. The star-studded Warriors, despite an NBA-worst 15-50 season following five straight trips to the NBA Finals and three championships, are hugely popular worldwide. “There are kids that would never get to take part in a GSW camp that now can feel like a part of it,” general manager Bob Myers said.
The plane landed at some destination on the West Coast where Klay Thompson and a bunch of people had planned to convene. Thompson stepped off the private jet and got his traveling party all situated according to plan. And once everyone was straight, he left them. He went back to the plane and flew to Oakland. So he could march with Juan Toscano-Anderson on Thursday in Oakland. Undoubtedly, an epic display of support by the Warriors’ All-Star. But perhaps even more impressive is who inspired it. The same person who inspired the support of Stephen and Ayesha Curry. And two days later, he had Damion Lee and Sydel Curry-Lee, Marquese Chriss, assistant coach Aaron Miles and special assistant Khalid Robinson.
The plane landed at some destination on the West Coast where Klay Thompson and a bunch of people had planned to convene. Thompson stepped off the private jet and got his traveling party all situated according to plan. And once everyone was straight, he left them. He went back to the plane and flew to Oakland. So he could march with Juan Toscano-Anderson on Thursday in Oakland. Undoubtedly, an epic display of support by the Warriors’ All-Star. But perhaps even more impressive is who inspired it. The same person who inspired the support of Stephen and Ayesha Curry. And two days later, he had Damion Lee and Sydel Curry-Lee, Marquese Chriss, assistant coach Aaron Miles and special assistant Khalid Robinson.
Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson is on a mission. The Oakland native is organizing peaceful “Black Lives Matter” protests in an effort to unite the Bay Area community against racial injustices. On Saturday, Toscano-Anderson’s second “Walking in Unity” march took place in Oakland, and several of his Warriors teammates showed up alongside him. Warriors guard Damion Lee and center Marquese Chriss joined Toscano-Anderson on the march from the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza to the Lake Merritt Amphitheater.

Marquese Chriss a building block for Warriors?

Golden State views Chriss as a potential franchise building block, whose knack for rim-running, passing and interior defense makes him an ideal fit in its system. The front office is so optimistic about his future, according to multiple sources, that it would be comfortable entering next season with him as the starting center.
Golden State’s Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss and others grew up debating who was the best player of all time — Jordan or James? — in their school cafeterias during lunch. Poole always sided with Jordan. His father, a Chicago native, had told him stories about Jordan’s greatness. But for Paschall and Chriss, James deserved the nod. They didn’t feel comfortable arguing in favor of someone they hadn’t witnessed in person. “I mean, I didn’t get to experience what other guys got to experience as far as seeing MJ or the early Kobe years,” said Paschall, who, at 23, is older than five of his teammates. “However, I legit saw every aspect of LeBron’s legacy. That goes a long way.”
Though they might not get the chance to meet Jordan, many of Golden State’s 20-somethings feel as if they already know him well. And that only helps his case in the greatest-of-all-time debate. “I feel like Michael Jordan is the one who changed the game,” Poole said. “He’s the best to ever play in my book.”
Storyline: GOAT Debate
Golden State’s Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss and others grew up debating who was the best player of all time — Jordan or James? — in their school cafeterias during lunch. Poole always sided with Jordan. His father, a Chicago native, had long told him stories about Jordan’s greatness. But for Paschall and Chriss, James deserved the nod. They didn’t feel comfortable arguing in favor of someone they hadn’t witnessed in person. “I mean, I didn’t get to experience what other guys got to experience as far as seeing MJ or the early Kobe years,” said Paschall, who, at 23, is older than five of his teammates. “However, I legit saw every aspect of LeBron’s legacy. That goes a long way.”
“When (Jordan) just said he never asked anybody to do anything that he wouldn’t do, that really stuck with me,” Chriss said. “You want your leader to lead by example, but also be vocal at the same time. It honestly reminded me a bit of Draymond (Green).” Chriss is hardly the only Warriors player who, while watching “The Last Dance,” has thought about Green. His aggressive leadership style mirrored Jordan’s in many ways. If not for Green’s bravado, Golden State teams loaded with mild-mannered personalities wouldn’t have reached five straight NBA Finals.
NBA’s Twitter account recently hosted a Q&A with the 22-year-old, and Chriss spoke highly of the legendary Basketball Hall of Famer. “I’ll go with Wilt Chamberlain,” he said. “I want to see all that in person. You hear about it and you hear about the crazy games, but I don’t think you really understand it until you see it in person. So, I think I would love to see that in person and see the skill set he had and the way he dominated the game. I just think he’s a different breed.”
Being surrounded by battle-tested stars like Steph Curry, Draymond Green and the injured Klay Thompson did wonders for Chriss. “This year, I just tried to learn as much as I could from Steph and Draymond,” Chriss said during a Twitter Q&A on Monday. “They are very vocal leaders and they are passionate about what they do and they care about us as individuals, and they want us to be as successful as they are and they try to teach us as much as they can, and I think each and everyone of us on the team tries to listen and learn as best as we can.”
“I mean, it’s the world we live in,” Warriors big man Marquese Chriss said. “Sometimes you have to assimilate and you have to be able to adjust who you are. I’m not saying change who you are but adjust to your audience, I think. And especially as professional athletes, I think we have to do that each and every day. “But it’s not saying that we don’t get to be ourselves and things like that, but when you’re around certain companies, you absolutely should act a certain way, and I think that that relates to handshakes.”
They liked Chriss, for sure. A part of the front office hopes he doesn’t get claimed off of waivers, so the team can bring him back in March. The Warriors would definitely be interested in signing him in the offseason, which for Chriss is a sign of how impressive he was during this make-good opportunity. But they weren’t just going to dump other assets. The only asset they could actually just dump, the one the Warriors were least invested in, was Chriss.
The location of Monday’s decision held significance for Chriss. Golden 1 Center, the home of the Sacramento Kings, sits just 14 miles from the Sacramento suburb Elk Grove, where the forward starred at Pleasant Grove High School. It also marked the same place Chriss stood the last time his career was at a crossroads — when he was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Cavaliers during a Sacramento road trip — serving yet another reminder of the business he inhabits. “I mean, it sucked,” Chriss told NBC Sports Bay Area Tuesday. “It was full circle but I think it makes it a little easier. I was able to see my family and take my mind off it.”
Under the current salary-cap structure, the Warriors can sign you to a 10-day contract. Would you be open to that? Marquese Chriss: “We’ve had conversations about certain things to try and make things work but I think that’s something that I would try to keep between myself and them, just because I don’t know any situation that might come up. But who knows? I would like to be here. So eventually, if that happens, I would be all for it.”
Storyline: Marquese Chriss Free Agency
Do you think this stint changed the league-wide perception of you? Marquese Chriss: “Absolutely. I texted Bob [Myers] yesterday and I just told him I appreciated him because pretty much the whole summer, I was on the outside looking in. I had certain opportunities and certain places I could go to try and do the same things I did here, but I felt like coming here was the best opportunity for me and they put me in an opportunity to succeed from day one. I think just being here, it created a different narrative for myself.”