It was an unusual match-up for members of the Golden State Warriors Friday as head coach Mark Jackson – along with some assistant coaches and front-office personnel – went to San Quentin State Prison to play a basketball game against a team made up of inmates.
Before the game, the Warriors representatives had to go through a metal detector and all the other security measures any other visitor goes through. Once on the prison yard, the team met with San Quentin inmates and prison guards.
Some of the prisoners told KTVU they’d be rooting for the prison team which also calls itself the Warriors. The prison team wore old practice jerseys from the Golden State Warriors, while the Warriors wore green.
The game was raucous and physical. In the end, the Golden State Warriors team won by two points.
This is the eighth year members of the Warriors have played San Quentin’s team, as part of a prison outreach program. The inmates KTVU spoke with called the team’s involvement “inspiring.”
“Rehabilitation is at work. We are growing, changing, and some of us are worthy of a second chance,” said prisoner John Windham.
One of the members on the San Quentin team agreed.
“Some of us made mistakes, but all of us on this team," said the inmate. "We’re getting it back together.”
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