You know what I did last night? I stayed up on YouTube and watched the Warriors’ comeback win on YouTube. Over and over again, I watched every single highlight video of the game.
I watched Stephen Curry’s miraculous three-pointer over and over again.
I sat in awe and just could not believe that the 20-point comeback happened. That the Pelicans would freeze up late and the Warriors were able to claw their way back in. I was in amazement seeing a team that was tested and they delivered. I saw the future MVP blossom. A saw a team with high expectations meet those expectations.
I’m sitting here thinking about this and trying to figure out if Leonard was the best defender this year. Statistically, Leonard had a great year. He had a year that was worthy of consideration. But what makes Green the better defensive player was his versatility in shutting down so many different players, going from point guard to center in his defensive assignments.
I know I am biased, but this is still a one that I can’t really put my finger on. This isn’t like one of those cases where the winner was a complete unworthy candidate. Leonard was a good candidate. But I can’t say he was the better defensive player. At least not in what kind of versatility he provides.
Even though Green received more first place votes, it’s the total amount of points received that makes the difference. But still, Leonard is a good choice to win the award. I just don’t think Green should have lost it. It’s disappointing but not one I can argue too much about with both candidates worthy of the award.
I love this video. The loud crowd. The long distance shots. The intensity. E-40. And an impromptu break dance session outside the arena.
Can’t get more Bay Area than this Warriors video.
Been a Warriors fan through these three eras.
A trip down memory lane for me as a Warriors fan.
I remember I was in first grade and I saw the Warriors on TV. I didn’t know much about basketball, I just liked it. I would try to imitate what I saw on TV to the playground. I even remember the first ever basket I made on the playground I thought that I could one day match what the Warriors did. It was so easy to be impressed by this Warriors team. Little did I know that they were embarking on a playoff drought. But they were the first team I watched. The first team I followed. I fell in love with basketball because of them. And I never left.
It’s not easy being a Warriors fan. As I grew older, my frustrations would grow more and more with the team. It started off innocently with guys like Joe Smith and Latrell Sprewell. Talented players but still not the answer to making the team successful. Of course there would be some questionable coaching decisions, odd free agent signings and just bad draft picks. Remember Todd Fuller? Yeah, the Warriors took him over Kobe Bryant. Still, I followed this team. I would sit by the radio almost every night, listening to the team on KNBR. I loved basketball and I felt that maybe one day they would turn the tide.
I thought their new logo in the 90s was the best. It was perfect for a kid like me. Some kind of mythical mascot with lightning bolts. That coincided with future draft picks like Vince Carter (who was traded for Antawn Jamison) and Gilbert Arenas. Some hope and potential came but it was not meant to be. Bad coaching hires and frustrating seasons later, this team was back to square one. Still, I followed this team. Of course it would have been easier to follow another team during that time. But I don’t do that. I stay loyal to the team that helped me love the game.
I remember that 1999 lockout season. The Warriors finished 21-29 and almost made the playoffs. I thought that was the greatest season. Only because it was the most successful the team ever hard. The bar wasn’t set high, but it gave me a glimpse of what could be.
Draymond Green becomes a restricted free agent after this season.
When the Warriors drafted Draymond Green a few years ago, I was really excited. I had watched Green play at Michigan State since his freshman year and I was very familiar with his skills. He was a player with no place, as his size, frame and athleticism wasn’t a prototype of a successful NBA player. Nevertheless, he had many great qualities and in time, could evolve into someone special.
Fast forward to now and Green is one of the most important players on the Warriors. He’s been getting praise for his ability to shut down defenders down the post and up top at the guard position. His versatility has allowed the Warriors defense to shoot up the top of the ranks in the NBA. Additionally, his offensive numbers have risen. He is still a work in progress and his deep-range shooting at times has hurt the Warriors. But overall, he’s a great asset to the team and has been so key for the Warriors ever since he was named the starter following David Lee’s struggles.
He becomes a restricted free agent after this season, meaning the Warriors can match any offer another team gives Green. The organization, including head coach Steve Kerr, has expressed desire to keep Green with the Warriors. If that’s the case, how come the team hasn’t given him an extension and risk him hitting the free agency market?
This is going to be fun.
The two best teams in the NBA finally meet this season.
This is going to be a good game. The two teams have been dominating the association for the entire year and I am very interested in this game because I haven’t seen enough of the Hawks. I don’t know what to expect because I don’t see the Hawks enough and even though I know who they have on the team and how talented they are, they still are somewhat of a mystery team to me.
I don’t know if it’s because if they are a team from a weak conference or what. But tonight we will have a great matchup that might be a preview of the Finals. Let’s see what goes down.
I expected this to happen but I was unsure how the Warriors would go about it. The Rockets already have a Chinese New Year jersey coming out as well but this one by the Warriors is a little curious to me.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to have it be red or yellow instead of slate gray?
Here are some things that are worth noting. Warriors is written out in Chinese on the front. On the sleeve (yes, the stupid sleeves) is an image of a goat, which is the animal for the upcoming new year. Side panels look great and the trim is pretty nice. They will wear it on February 20, the day after the new year and three more times later in the season.
I’m all for this really and the Chinese population in the Bay Area is strong. And I am glad they didn’t add “el” or “los” or some kind of cultural cop out like the NBA has in the past. But I just don’t like the color. Great idea. Not so great execution.