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It’s official! The Golden State Warriors are the 2017 NBA Champions! Life of the Law honors the team and each of the players with this special episode.

One day a year, the Golden State Warriors’ coaches, managers, and players go behind the walls of San Quentin State Prison for a game on the prison’s lower yard against the San Quentin Warriors, a team of hard-driving inmates. And like all real basketball, it’s an annual battle of will and determination against time and rules.

“I love coming in here. Although I’d never seen a cell.That’s the scariest thing I’ve seen. A cell. Where the prisoners stay. I had never seen one of those. That’s serious. If you ever want deterrence show somebody what that is. That’s small. ” 
— Bob Myers, Golden State Warriors General Manger
after visiting the cells in San Quentin’s North Block

You may have heard the story we co-produced with the Kitchen Sisters that aired on NPR’s All Things Considered. If you missed it, now’s your chance to hear that story and for listeners of Life of the Law, an exclusive post-game visit by Draymond Green to the inmates’ cells to see what life inside the San Quentin is like for the men he knows from the yard.

Listen to NBA Champions GS Warriors vs SQ Warriors including Life of the Law’s exclusive interview inside San Quentin State Prison with Golden State Warriors Draymond Green, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers, and  San Quentin’s Curtis Carroll “Wall Street.”

Production Notes

NBA Champions GS Warriors vs SQ Warriors was reported by Nancy Mullane and produced by Tony Gannon and the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva.

Special thanks to Bob Myers, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, and Raymond Ridder with  The Golden State Warriors; Lt. Sam Robinson, San Quentin Public Information Officer; Louis Scott of San Quentin Media; Zsa-Zsa Rensch and Phil Green; Curtis Carroll (“Wall Street”), and Jim McKee. Thanks also to Questlove, Fantastic Negrito, Too Short, and David Jassy for their music.

Our Post Production Editors are Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle and Rachael Cain. Our engineer was Howard Gelman of KQED Radio in San Francisco.

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This episode of Life of the Law was funded in part by donations from our listeners and by grants from the Law and Society Association, and the National Science Foundation.

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  • bicoast

    This was a great story – if I hadn’t listened, I wouldn’t have ever known that there was a San Quentin Warriors basketball team! It’s great to hear them playing together, but also connecting off the court. I’m spreading the word about this story – thanks!

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