For someone who appeared in all 128 games for the Golden State Warriors over a two-year period, Patrick McCaw’s name holds a surprisingly prominent place in the team’s recent history. Of course, there’s something memorable about winning two titles with the club and then jumping over to the Raptors — who beat the Dubs in 2019 and gave McCaw a third championship ring.
The UNLV graduate made additional waves by spurning Golden State during his free agency the previous year.
Now, with his Warriors chapter firmly behind him, McCaw is looking to reclaim a place in the Association. To that end, he was given a unique opportunity to showcase his skills for NBA scouts and coaches as part of USA Basketball’s FIBA AmeriCup team kicking off tournament action on Friday in Brazil.
And while he certainly hopes to impress those in power in the league, McCaw also understands that he and his national team teammates are there — first and foremost — to get a job.
For his country
Although playing in the best league in the world remains high on his to-do list as a pro, McCaw has focused on representing his country. For him, this is an opportunity that takes precedence over his other career aspirations.
“I think I’m more concerned with representing the US right now,” McCaw said of the Associated Press.
“I want to make it back to the NBA. I know it’s a process. And I know one day, whenever, next week, next month, next year, if it’s supposed to happen, it will happen. But right now I’m just concentrating on this USA, wearing those three letters, giving everything for this team and representing the United States of America.”
Still, McCaw knows he can make some waves here, which is what he needs to do after injuries pushed him out of the spotlight.
“I was off the radar,” McCaw said. “I think it’s a big step because people will be able to watch these games and see where I am now. That will sure help. It was injuries that set me back. There was nothing else in the way, or life, or me, that changed the kind of person I am. It was injuries. And they were hard to deal with. But this trip to Brazil, I definitely think it will open some doors again.”
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What he’s been up to lately
McCaw’s last taste of NBA action came during the 2020-21 season in Toronto. However, a knee injury limited him to just five appearances and the Raptors eventually decided to part ways with him after the season.
In an effort to find his way back to the big dance, he spent last season with 76ers G League affiliates – the Delaware Blue Coats. He wasn’t exactly rocking socks with the club, however. In 17 games, he averaged 6.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists while hitting 43-33-71 splits.
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