Blessed with Success: The Warriors’ great run

I remember growing up watching the Warriors as a kid and never thinking my team would ever win a title in my lifetime. I was so accustomed to the team either never being good and if they made the playoffs, not being good enough to make any dent. To me, this was my Warriors. It wasn’t what other teams experienced. I had heartache and sadness for so long. It was all I knew and expected.

The team had the magical “We Believe” run but even at that, I knew this was going to be one shining moment in another long stretch of futility. It wasn’t until the 2013 playoffs when they took down Denver in the first round did I think maybe the team might be good enough. But that was still a pipe dream. Could my Warriors actually develop into a winning team with established superstars? Little did I know that right before me was future Hall of Famers Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green developing into greatness.

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Now we know what the new Nike MLB uniforms will look like

We’ve seen some of the new Nike MLB jerseys but not a full uniform yet. That was until the Diamondbacks unveiled their new uniforms for the upcoming season.

First of all, the team eliminated their snakeskin design (a huge plus) and went back to a standard road gray (an even bigger plus) and added an alternate cap/helmet with the snake head (great move).

But my biggest take is how the new takeover by Nike will affect the uniforms. We have all known that this next season will be Nike’s first after MLB’s long-time deal with Majestic. With Nike, it was already known that they would implement the logo on the right chest of the jerseys. And for the most part, it was something that I had accepted.

But what struck me was how out of place it looked on the Dbacks jersey that featured the team logo on the left, not an wordmark that went across the chest. Their black alternate just doesn’t look great with that logo there. Could there have been a better placement for it?

In addition to that, we got confirmation of where the Nike logo will be placed on the pants: on the left right below the belt. It’s not a bad spot but of course, no logo placement would be better. And with Majestic, that was where their logo was placed as well.

Other than that, everything else seems to look pretty standard. There are no weird cuts or odd placement of anything else on the uniforms. It’s decent. I will have to get used to not seeing a logo on the sleeve but rather on the front of the jersey.

And also, how come this alternate doesn’t have the logo on the jersey?

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Carli Lloyd as an NFL kicker would be fun; but it could lead to these things

If you have the talent to make an NFL roster, then I say go for it. That’s what Carli Lloyd is trying to do. After her 55-yard field goal went viral, there are talks about having Lloyd try out for an NFL team and make the roster.

I am all for it. If she has the skills to do it, then do it. But of course it won’t be that easy even if she signs with a team.

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Warriors’ new uniforms leaked; looks better than previous set

The new Warriors uniforms have been revealed via Behance, a site dedicated to design. Via that link, it says they work for Nike as a client. Because this is not an official release, I cannot confirm if this is real. But I still would like to take time to critique it anyway as I would be very satisfied if it was real.

Even though there is no white uniform, I would assume they would still have it to pair with the blue one. I don’t care for what Nike calls them so I won’t go with names like Icon or Association or whatever.

But looking at the blue one, it isn’t too different from the previous set except for the updated logo. I am so glad that they didn’t fill in the circle to make it look like a big yellow dot. Not having it filled will obviously make the jersey look less clunky and probably makes it lighter for the players. The new font is a decent look, especially for the number so I can call this a win.

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Warriors’ announcement of discontinuing No. 35 jersey to honor Kevin Durant is silly

Less than 24 hours after NBA free agency officially opened, Warriors CEO Joe Lacob made a surprising announcement.

“Three years ago, we were thrilled with the arrival of Kevin Durant, a transformative NBA player and one of the best to ever play the game. He provided our fans and franchise with numerous highlights during his stay here—two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, three trips to the Finals, unparalleled efficiency—and carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court. His commitment to our community was evident each day, including last season when his philanthropic efforts earned him the NBA’s annual Community Assist Award. Today, as he starts a new chapter in his incredible career, we thank KD for all of his contributions, for being an integral part to one of the most prolific runs in NBA history and wish him well as he continues his Hall of Fame journey. As long as I am Co-Chairman of this team, no player will ever wear #35 for the Warriors again.”

Interesting. Odd.

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Injuries: A Bay Area playoff story

The Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks endured through injuries to key players throughout their playoff runs this year. One team overcame them while another just couldn’t win because of it.

It was a tough time for me as a fan of both teams as I have this unrealistic optimism that my teams can overcome anything.

For the Warriors, it’s a little bit easier to believe in the team’s ability despite injuries. With Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins injured, the Warriors didn’t miss a beat and advanced to their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. Heck, Andre Iguodala missed the last game with an injury too. Cousins was out for most of the playoffs and Durant was out for essential five and a half games. Yet the Warriors didn’t miss a beat. They fell behind in some of the games but at no point did I believe they would lose.

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