Ryan Rollins’ tattoo tells the story of the rookie Warriors, the family’s first impulse

LAS VEGAS – Ryan Rollins wasn’t entirely new to the Bay Area when he first worked with the Warriors at Chase Center prior to the 2022 NBA Draft, before Golden State spent $2 million to go from #51 to #44 overall in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks to add the adult guard He is now 20 years old. However, he was far from his Michigan roots.

What brought him home to Detroit is what drove him to The Bay: Family.

“It was different,” Rollins told NBC Sports Bay Area his first time in San Francisco, on the final episode of Dubs Talk in an interview during the Las Vegas Summer League. “I absolutely love it. It’s different from the Midwest, though – Detroit, Toledo area. But I love it.”

“I would definitely love it. And I have a little family there too. I’ve been there already. I wasn’t used to it but I kind of knew what to expect. Yes, I would love it.”

Family, for Rollins, is everything.

Staying close to his family played a large role in choosing Rollins to play collectively at Toledo over Kent State and Ball State. Kent State was more than a three to four hour drive away for Rollins’ parents Tony and Chris Sr. to watch him play. Ball state was at least four hours. Despite that, it took Toledo an hour or so drive for Rollins’ parents to see him thrive and become a legitimate NBA prospect.

Now, his new home is at Chase Center in San Francisco more than 2,400 miles from the high school gymnasium in Macomb Township, Michigan, where he starred at Dakota High School Cougars. Having some family in Auckland and Vallejo sure helps ease any homesickness. All he has to do is look down his left arm to remember what he keeps.

As Rollins raises his left arm during our interview at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, he begins to explain the art of literally wearing his heart on his sleeve.

“Here’s the thing about Oshami: There’s a story with all of them,” Rollins says. “This is actually my first. It’s FOE, it’s Family Over Everything. It’s kind of in my hands since I got basketball. I can change my family’s life with basketball, because it’s in my hands.”

Once he averaged 13.7 points and was named MAC Rookie of the Year, Rollins began to realize that he could turn his basketball dreams into a reality. Then he raised his GPA to 18.9 when he was a sophomore, which is a good 5.2 points difference. Rollins led Toledo to its second consecutive MAC Championship.

Then came the June draft, where the Warriors saw him as a talent in the first round and took him with the 14th pick from the second round. Spalding’s basketball is depicted below his wrist and above the letter “E” in the FOE with the NBA logo front and center. On July 28, more than a month after the draft, Rollins signed his first professional contract – worth one $4.8 million over three yearswith the first two years fully guaranteed.

The first step in changing his family’s life was completed with basketball.

Then this one,” Rollins said, looking at the inside of his left forearm. “Be strong and brave, do not be afraid and do not be discouraged, for the Lord guides us wherever you go.”

“It’s a quote that I keep with me, just so I know God is with me everywhere I go. He has put me in a bubble of protection.”

Besides FOE, Rollins spent the year his grandmother died in Roman numerals, flying to the letter “F” is a dove, or guardian angel as he describes it, for his grandmother.

His ink is his story, what he holds closest and dearest.

“Yes,” he said, “all of my tattoos have stories.” “He’s kind of me in a way.”

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When Rollins arrived at the Toledo campus in 2020, he was tattoo-free. With the growth of his game came Rollins’ person growth on and off the court. The beginning of his half sleeve corresponds to this ripening.

By the age of 18, Rollins was ready for his body not to remain a blank canvas. Before long, he knew that family would be his ultimate inspiration.

Hanging his No. 2 Warriors jersey on his tight spot, this is just the start for Ryan and the rest of Rollins’ squad.

“Family, that’s the main thing for me in life,” Rollins said. “This is one of my main goals in life – just to change their lives with my abilities and give back.

“Honestly, that’s what I want to do.”

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