9:32 AM EDT, Tue October 21, 2014

Leandro Barbosa helping Warriors’ backcourt get up to speed

When Barbosa was 7, he got a pair of black Chuck Taylor All-Stars high-tops, and the rest was history. When I had my first shoes, my brother said that I was running like crazy. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and then shooting guard Klay Thompson were matched against the “Blur” in an August exhibition game against Brazil in Chicago. Barbosa had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes, and the Warriors’ backcourt combined for 19 points, four rebounds and three assists in 47 minutes. Barbosa had his best seasons in Phoenix from 2003 through ’10, the same years...

It’s ‘have shoes, will run’ for Leandro Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa was always fast. But after getting his first pair of shoes, he became the “Brazilian Blur.” When Barbosa was 7, he got a pair of black Chuck Taylor All-Star high-tops, and the rest was history. “God gave me that talent. I used to be running up and down, playing soccer as a little kid without shoes,” the combo guard said Thursday, a little more than a month after signing a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract with the Warriors. “When I had my first shoes, my brother said that I was running like crazy. That’s how I was when I got to the NBA: a crazy guy running up...

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