Warriors’ ring night brings Donte DiVincenzo motivation once again

SAN FRANCISCO — Donte DiVincenzo is not new to successful. He led his highschool crew to 2 immediately state titles prior to successful two nationwide championships at Villanova. In his 3rd yr as a professional, he held onto the Larry O’Brien Trophy as an NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks. 

But some celebrations had been sweeter than others. 

DiVincenzo performed in 9 video games for Villanova prior to a damaged foot burnt up the remainder of his true freshman yr. He needed to watch whilst his teammates went ballistic from Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer taking down UNC within the nationwide championship recreation. Two years later, it was once DiVincenzo’s time at the greatest level and he got here via, scoring 31 issues towards Jordan Poole’s Michigan Wolverines within the identify recreation. 

He was once named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and skyrocketed up draft forums all through March Madness. And now he unearths himself on an oddly an identical timeline within the NBA.

After only coming off the bench as a rookie, DiVincenzo began 24 video games in his 2nd season for the Bucks. Before Year 3, he was once named Milwaukee’s beginning capturing guard and loved his breakout as an entire participant. Once again, his season ended twinkling of an eye his teammates showered in all of the glory. An ankle dislocation within the 3rd recreation of the playoffs sidelined him for the remainder of his 2021 marketing campaign and lingered into remaining season as smartly. 

Does that give him additional motivation? Will there be an added layer of inspiration Tuesday night gazing his new Warriors teammates rejoice getting their championship rings at Chase Center prior to the season opener towards the Los Angeles Lakers? 

 

Damn proper. 

“I mean, for sure,” DiVincenzo stated Monday. “I glance again at my school days and the similar factor took place to me in school. My first championship I used to be part of, I used to be harm. I did not get to play. That was once simply gasoline to my hearth to check out and get again. Two years later, we ended up being champions again.

“It’s no other on the NBA stage. You simply do not get that many possibilities. There’s numerous Hall of Fame avid gamers that by no means received a ring. For me simply being part of that championship crew, clearly it is gasoline to my hearth simply so as to add to this crew.

“They already have the blueprint. Really for me it’s just to help with whatever needs help.”

The 25-year-old guard handiest performed 42 video games remaining season — 17 with the Bucks and 25 after being traded to the Sacramento Kings. He made his go back to the courtroom on Christmas however annoyed his ankle harm 3 video games into his comeback. It was once an extended however quick season for him. 

Not being part of the playoffs was once new to him too. The Bucks prolonged their season in every of his first 3 years there. Being a spectator from afar was once agonizing. 

At this level, he is counting down the seconds till Steve Kerr calls his title to play in his first regular-season recreation with the Warriors. 

“I’ve had a long offseason, so as excited as I am for those guys to get their ring, I’m so eager to just get on the court and play,” DiVincenzo stated. “I’ve had an extended offseason, and for them it is been so fast. I believe there is two several types of emotions.

“I’m just super eager to get on the court, but I’m so excited for guys like [Jonathan Kuminga], [James Wiseman] and [Moses Moody] to get their rings.”

This previous offseason, DiVincenzo entered loose company for the primary time. The former first-round pick out was once meant to be up for a large payday. That wasn’t the case. 

With his ankle harm slowing him to what was once a down yr remaining season, DiVincenzo nonetheless was once round when he will have to have already been swooped up at the open marketplace. He’s a confirmed winner, a flexible participant and a top-notch athlete. 

The Warriors jumped on the alternative to deliver him to San Francisco, signing DiVincenzo to a two-year, $9.3 million contract. The 2nd yr comes with a participant choice, striking the long run in his arms. 

“First and foremost, I don’t think you join an organization just for that short term,” DiVincenzo stated. “Whenever you sign up for a company you could have long-term plans to be part of the circle of relatives. For me, clearly seeing Jordan and [Andrew Wiggins] signal their extensions, that is motivation for me. But additionally my center of attention isn’t that.

“My focus is coming in and getting my body to the best it’s been, which it is, and helping this team win games. I didn’t make the playoffs last year and the year before I got hurt. My goal is to be a factor in the playoffs on a winning team. That’s my focus right now, and the rest will take care of itself.”

 

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Though he handiest has been right here a couple of months, DiVincenzo feels at house — off and on the courtroom. From the tradition the Warriors have created, even with it being fractured just lately, DiVincenzo’s comfortability stage is a long way previous being the brand new man. Systematically, that is essentially the most homely the hardwood has been since enjoying beneath Kerr’s excellent pal Jay Wright at Villanova. 

What he confirmed within the preseason is the most recent Warrior who will have to set himself up for extra money subsequent summer time. In the intervening time, it is all about successful. That begins the second one after Golden State’s ring birthday party wraps up, striking remaining season’s Warriors and this season’s squad on a quest for a fair larger birthday celebration a yr from now.

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