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Getty Leandro Barbosa of the Ball Hogs drives past the Triplets' Joe Johnson during BIG3 competition.

Golden State Warriors player development coach and former baller Leandro Barbosa has had a busy summer. Just a few, short weeks ago, he was helping to coach the Dubs through the NBA playoffs and, eventually, adding a second ring to his trophy case.

Shortly thereafter, he was back on the court as a player in Ice Cube’s BIG3.

Flash forward to Saturday and he was securing the Ball Hogs’ first victory of the season against Joe Johnson and the Triplets by making the game-winning layup.

That’s not the only big thing happening with Barbosa this weekend, though. Less than two hours after his big shot crossed through the net, news broke that the 13-year player turned staffer would be taking a full-time bench spot.

Unfortunately for Dub Nation, that spot won’t be on Steve Kerr’s bench. Instead, Barbosa will be joining another familiar face about 85 miles up I-80.

Barbosa Headed to Sacto

48-48. Next basket wins. @TheBlurBarbosa shows that championship DNA.

Ball Hogs win. Ball Hogs win. Ball Hogs WIN!

— BIG3 (@thebig3) July 2, 2022

Per a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Barbosa has been hired as an assistant by former Warriors associate head coach turned Kings play-caller Mike Brown.

Shams made it clear that Barbosa would be assuming a larger role, which would seem to indicate that he’ll be on the bench and in the huddle — a full-fledged assistant — as opposed to serving as a player mentor.

The “Brazilian Blur” had been in the latter role with Golden State since 2020, the same year he wrapped up his playing career in his native country with Minas. He had previously spent two seasons with the Warriors as a player from 2014 to 2016, winning his first chip in 2015.

Over 14 years as a baller in the Association with five different teams, Barbosa appeared in 850 games and averaged 10.6 points, 2.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds. He was also a career 38.7% three-point shooter.

Brown, meanwhile, was hired as Sacramento’s head coach while working with Kerr, Barbosa and the rest of the Warriors staff en route to their latest title win. He had been Kerr’s right-hand man since the 2016-17 campaign.

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Some Among Dubs Caught Off-Guard By Payton Decision

Barbosa, of course, is far from the only member of the Dubs family headed for new digs. Juan Toscano-Anderson is Lakers-bound, Otto Porter Jr. has committed to the Raptors and Gary Payton II is moving on to the Trail Blazers.

While the Bay Area faithful are undoubtedly sad to see them all go, Payton’s exodus is especially troubling — and not just to fans, either. According to team insider Anthony Slater, people within the Warriors organization were taken aback by the decision to let the breakout guard walk.

Via The Athletic:

They offered him the taxpayer mid-level, which sits at $6.4 million. He received north of $8 million from Portland, plus an extra year on an incentivized deal…

It stung several in the organization, per sources. They’d found Payton and grown to not only love the person but also understand the value of his unique skill set. It translated to winning. For the first time, they’d failed to retain one of their own due to an unwillingness to meet a financial demand.

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‘Can’t handle pressure’ – Graeme Souness tears into Anthony Martial after Man Utd flop… and aims another dig at Pogba

GRAEME SOUNESS has blasted Anthony Martial for not “handling the pressure” at Manchester United.

And the Scot also aimed another dig at Paul Pogba by claiming he “picks and chooses” when to play.

3Graeme Souness has blasted Man Utd striker Anthony MartialCredit: Getty 3The Scot has also aimed a dig at ex-Red Devil Paul PogbaCredit: Getty

Martial, 26, is back at United following an underwhelming loan spell at Sevilla where he scored just once in 12 games.

He netted just eight times in the previous 18 months at Old Trafford.

However, Erik ten Hag looked to have made Martial his No1 striker before injury struck ahead of the opening day defeat to Brighton.

It remains unclear how long the Frenchman is out for, leaving Ten Hag with a dilemma over wantaway striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

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But Souness has warned the new United boss that Martial should not be relied on.

The former player and managed-turned-pundit reckons Martial is “too hit or miss” to lead United’s line.

And in a dig at ex-Red Devil Pogba, who Souness has previously criticised, the Scot added that Martial was another footballer who has quality but only decides to show it on his terms.

Souness told TalkSport: “In United’s case, they’ve not really recruited any game changers.

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3Souness believes United can't rely on Martial to lead the lineCredit: PA

“When you are talking about ‘we are going to miss Martial’, how many opportunities is that young man going to get to be a Manchester United player?

“He’s proven already to me he’s not for Man United. He can’t deal with the pressure of playing at Man United.

“They are one of the biggest clubs in the world. They are in a cup final every time they go out and play a game of football.

“As Liverpool are, as Chelsea are, as Man City are. Welcome to the big league.

These players are not up for that, they’re not up for the fight

Graeme Souness

“It’s a bit like Pogba. I see both of them and I see players in them and qualities that few players possess.

“But it’s on their terms and they pick and choose when they use it.

“When you play for a big club you cannot be like that. When you are at a big club you play in a cup final every week.

“These players are not up for that, they’re not up for the fight. There’s not good being a great player in training or a great player once every six or seven games.

“You’re at a big club because you want to win things and want to be challenging all the time. 

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“In basic terms, they are dodgy. They are not people you can rely on, end of.

“I don’t think you can rely on Martial any more, not that you ever could. He’s been far too hit or miss.”

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