One year ago on this day, the Warriors organization turned a leaf on the old and officially embraced anew.
I was there at the game. I sat a section away from the origin of the boos. I grew up a Warriors fan. I understood it.
It wasn’t a major hire or a trade that night. Instead, it was the frustration of a fan base letting their ownership know that false promises and mediocrity would no longer be accepted. On a night when the fans were reminded of the good times, they were also reminded of the decades of failure.
** If you don’t know what I am talking about, watch the video first. To preface this, I am writing this entry as a longtime fan of the Golden State Warriors. Basketball was my first love and this team was all I ever cared about when I was a little kid. All the years of frustration the fans have gone through, I understand it because I lived it with them.
The night was supposed to be a night of celebration. The Golden State Warriors were going to honor Chris Mullin by retiring his #17 jersey. It was set up to be a great event and it ended up being a fantastic celebration.
Warriors legends of the past, including teammates and coaches of Mullin, were all in attendance. Mullin’s speech was more of a tribute to the organization, his teammates and the “greatest fans” for being with him throughout his career. It was a great night until after the speech when co-owner Joe Lacob decided to speak.
Tonight at Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors will retire Chris Mullin’s #17 jersey. It’s a well-deserved honor for the Hall of Famer. I’ll be in attendance wearing my Mullin throwback jersey.
When I grew up watching basketball for the first time, Mullin was the first superstar that I followed. I don’t know if it was his smooth shooting or his sweet passing, but Mullin ended up being my favorite player of all time.
I don’t even remember if I ever actually saw him play basketball live because I didn’t attend my first basketball game until 1998 and he was a Pacer then. But I still credit him for my love of basketball.
I am glad I am going to the game tonight. It’s a part of my childhood relived. I hope no big 49ers news breaks while I am watching this game.