Before facing Cal, the Wildcats spend time with the ‘family’ of the Warriors organization | Arizona Wildcats Basketball
PALO ALTO, Calif. — With an extra day to hang out in the Bay Area, the Arizona Wildcats have found the perfect place to call home.
Before facing Cal on Sunday at the Haas Pavilion, a game in which forward Azuolas Tubelis is questionable with a sprained ankle, the Wildcats first traveled by bus to Oakland to practice at the former center. Golden State Warriors practice.
Then they crossed the Bay Bridge to watch the Warriors win over the Houston Rockets in San Francisco on Friday night.
That meant they swam all day in Arizona Wildcat blood, with buzzer beater Steph Curry leading the way.
UA coach Tommy Lloyd said his players not only had the chance to meet Warriors coach Steve Kerr, but also the whole host of ex-Wildcats hanging out at Chase Center these days: assistant coach Bruce Fraser, analyst Tom Tolbert and Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, all of whom played for UA during the Lute Olson era.
With the Warriors between games on Saturday, Iguodala was also scheduled to attend Wildcats Saturday afternoon practice in Cal as well.
“We had the time and a great opportunity to go see the Warriors play and obviously the Warriors have a real Wildcat tradition in their program,” Lloyd said. “The guys got to visit Steve Kerr and his team, (along with) Bruce Fraser, and then Tom Tolbert came and hung out. André came to see the guys before the match and will come to our training (Saturday).