Warriors introduce Barnes, Ezeli, Green

July 2, 2012, 6:30 pm
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Harrison Barnes and Festuz Ezeli will join Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetz today at 5 p.m. on Chronicle Live.

Warriors rookies Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green met the media and got their jerseys on Monday at a formal press conference in Oakland. Barnes will wear No. 40, Ezeli No. 31 and Green will wear uniform No. 23. We'll have full coverage and video of the event but here is a selection of their comments.

Warriors GM Bob Myers
We targeted these three players. We did not concede that they would be there when we picked but we were hopeful. And it happened, and I think our patience did pay off. ... We're thrilled, and it was a team effort. We had a lot of conversations on what was the right thing to do for this organization and We just feel great, we're elated. We think these three gentlemen are going to help us win games.

It's been absolutely great for me to come here. I had a chance to go to a soccer game, I had a chance to go to a baseball game so I'm definitely trying to embrace the city, the Bay Area. And just get acclimated.

It's been a lot of up and downs, at first I didn't think I could play the game. It was very hard for me, very tough. But it just shows you how much hard work pays off. That's what it's been for me my whole career is, I just worked hard. ... It's like a dream, it hasn't hit me yet. It's great.

One thing (Michigan State) coach (Tom) Izzo is big on is knowing how to evaluate yourself and how you play. I knew I had a pretty good workout when I came here. Coach Izzo kept telling me 'I've been talking to the Warriors a lot, they've called a lot, I've been talking to them.' ... When it actually came around, I told someone "I think the Warriors may end up taking me. And it ended up coming true, it's a dream come true.

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