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The Golden State Warriors formally introduced Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green on Monday, bringing together an eclectic trio that took far different paths to the pros. The rookies are still learning about each other -- and their new surroundings -- but can bond behind a common thread.Warriors general manager Bob Myers had all three rated higher on the team's draft board than they were chosen. Each also expected to be taken higher, and each is eager to show why next season."You hope they have that edge," Myers said, "whether they're drafted first or 50th."That shouldn't be a problem for this group.Barnes, considered the top recruit in the country when he left his Iowa high school for North Carolina two years ago, led the Tar Heels with 17.1 points per game and also grabbed 5.2 rebounds last season. The Warriors drafted the 6-foot-8 small forward, still only 20 years old, seventh overall last week.Barnes has idolized Michael Jordan since he was a kid. His mother, Shirley, even gave him the middle name Jordan in honor of the Hall of Famer.Wholesale Snapback Hats took finance and business classes at North Carolina, and had talks with Jordan that had as much to do with basketball as they did Jordan's brand.For now, Barnes' business is all basketball -- even pointing to the wall on Golden State's practice floor that shows the team's last All-Star was Latrell Sprewell in 1997. Ever since he had to switch his lawn-mowing service into shoveling snow for $20 as a kid in Ames, Iowa, Barnes realized wins on the basketball court make building an audience easier."You have to know about marketing," Barnes said.They plan to live close to each other in the Bay Area and practice together most of the summer. Ezeli and Green already worked out Sunday. Barnes was invited, too, but he already had plans."He figured he had free tickets to the Giants game," Green teased.A fourth could join them later this summer at the Las Vegas summer league. Ognjen Kuzmic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, taken 52nd overall by the Warriors, is only 22 years old and is expected to return to Spain next season to develop more. Myers also expects Kuzmic to play with his national team, too.Last year's Warriors rookie, 11th overall pick and starting shooting guard Klay Thompson, might also make an appearance in Vegas. That could give an already intriguing group an even more interesting blend."Harrison's been saying it but it's true," Green said. "I think our summer league team is going to be good. "You're going to be grossing a lot of money in this business and Snapback Hats Online have to know how to take care of it. I went to school to learn about the business. How to protect your money, how to save it. If you're going to invest it, where to invest it.