Talking with Attles now, you’d never get the impression that he ever could have been known as a tough guy. He dotes on his grandson, Isaiah, himself a high school basketball player in Arizona. He is 80 years old and still working for the Warriors in community outreach. But don’t try to tell Brown that Attles has gotten soft. They didn’t call him The Destroyer because he was a pleasant man, okay? Brown said with a laugh.
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As good — and tough — as Attles was as a player, he brought the same approach to coaching, where he made an even bigger mark on the Warriors, managing stars like Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond.
Julius Peppers Authentic Jersey He didn’t talk a lot, former Warriors guard Jim Barnett, now the team’s television analyst, said. He expected you to go out and play. It’s interesting, when Allen Iverson talked about practice, in those days, Nate was playing 45 minutes a night and he would practice, but he did what he wanted to do. That was the way it was for Al. He didn’t get mad very often, but when he did, he raised his voice and it scared the heck out of you. I mean, it would send chills, if we came in at halftime and somebody wasn’t getting back or whatever. All he had to do was raise his voice, and that room was quiet.
Wide receiver is something of a question mark, though. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen emerged as capable starters, but 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell flopped as a rookie, catching just one pass all season. Perhaps Treadwell will be more productive in 2017 (a broken leg from college may explain last year’s struggles), but he’ll need to show tangible progress to earn a steady role in the offense. To his credit, he appears to be making a serious effort at improving in his second offseason.
Guys were saying last year that your first year is you swimming and trying to figure it all out, Treadwell said. Then your second year it slows down, and each year after that, it slows down even more.