It'll be the first day all season that the ENTIRE roster shows up ready to contribute. I'll report back if there is any tanking going on at this event later. They'll also be showing off the new locker room which I'm sure will be a deciding factor for any free agents to be looking to relocate here in the offseason. Like every other Warriors game this season I'm going in with very low expectations so maybe they'll surprise me. If nothing else I hear there's free food so I'm showing up with an empty stomach so I can start making up for all the money I've wasted this year any way I can.
Drop a line and report back if you're going. Hopefully I'll get a few pics to go into my next column. Happy WSWS Day Everyone!
You can see the lines coming down from each corner. They got LONG in a HURRY.
Today wasn't half bad, I actually had a great time out (get it?) I'm just glad I was in line well before the doors opened. The lines got ridiculous in a hurry. Since I was first in line waiting at the first table I got interviewed for Warriors.com but I don't think I'm going to make the final cut, just like here I refuse to tell these guys what they want to hear!
Question 1: What is you favorite thing about being a Warriors fan?
Answer 1: Ummm, the torture? I mean the team kind of drives us all crazy right? (They could edit deep for the next snippet) I really think its the fan base. I'm proud to be a part of this group that is loyal through thick and thin.
Question 2: What was your favorite moment this season?
Answer 2: This season? You're kidding right? That is a super tough question! (Looking at the people in line behind me) Does anyone remember a good moment this season? I'm sure it involved Monta Ellis and some amazing play I just can't think of the specific one.
Question 3: What was your favorite game this year?
Answer 3: Another tough one but it have to go with the Thunder game. Monta and Kevin Durant both went off in spectacular fashion and at the end...WE LOST! Mission accomplished.
Question 4: Why did you come to the legends table first?
Answer 4: 5 Hall of Famers at one table? There was no question where I was headed first. Plus, they can't trade these guys.
I know I probably sounded like a jerk but it doesn't matter since it's all hitting the cutting room floor anyway. Maybe I shouldn't have posted the transcript after all. I hope some of you will call me on it and give me some ideas of things you know I wish I would have said, to the players or the cameras. Maybe my favorite moment should have been Chris Mullin night? I was on the spot, had I thought about it I'm sure I would have mentioned Lacob getting booed and that would have been cut anyways. Again, telling people who have been jerking me around for years what they want to hear is just not going to happen. I guess I'm kind of a prick like that but I've got to see it on the floor before I thaw to this management team. I see progress but I tend to wear rose colored glasses when it comes to this team and I'm staying on my toes this time.
Dude in the picture isn't me, the Warrior Girls are the only ones without people around
them asking you not to take pictures.
The set up was four tables, one at each corner of the floor and the line up looked like this:
Guards: Nate Robinson, Steph Curry, Charles Jenkins, Richard Jefferson
Forwards: Klay Thompson, Dominic McGuire, Brandon Rush, Dorrell Wright
Centers: Mikell Gladness, David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Jeremy Tyler
Legends: Tom Meschery, Nate Thurmond, Jerry West, Rick Barry, Al Attles
If you were could be first in line at any of those tables which would it be? Of course I was at the Legends table waiting on 5 HOFers ahead 4 guys at any other table that may not even be here next week the way this franchise works. That pretty much made my day, I wouldn't even call everything else icing on the cake, more like the lettering on top of the icing, barely even noticed. The free hot dog ranked right up there with Dorrell Wright's signature. Something funny that JUST struck me? Andris Biedrins wasn't even there! Maybe we were all better off for it.
I hit the forwards next because I wanted to let Rush and McGuire know how much we appreciate what they've brought to the team. Then the big men and after that I skipped the guards because the line was wrapping around the arena. Instead I hit the Warriors girls in the courts club and one last free burger on the way out. Below are the comments I made (No BS) and the comments I didn't make because I'm not a total jerk. Call me out if you think I should have stepped up and spoke for the hardcore fans on these.
Well worth the trip. I would rather be in the playoffs (in which case there would be no signing day) but I'm happy to have 5 HOF + some really nice pieces of the franchise moving forward signatures.
McGuire and Rush (sitting next to each other): "Hey guys, what do you say we trade the 10,000 signatures you're going to sign today for the only two that matter? The one from each of you that will keep you here at least through next season, right on the dotted line."
McGuire: "When you come back next year we're going to get a whole section of fans wearing hard hats with your number on them because we love all the dirty work you do. Keep up the good work."
David Lee: We appreciate all the hard work you put in this year. No one can say you didn't do your part. Now rest that 'INJURY' and don't worry about suiting up again this season. Just get healed up and get ready for a big year next year." He responded, "I'll be ready, don't worry about that."
Andrew Bogut: "Welcome to Oakland. You're going to love it here, we will be going crazy from day 1. One thing, NO OLYMPICS! Please take the summer off and be 100% to start the season. We're begging you." Not much reaction there...had me thinking he wants to play this summer, everyone start holding breath right abooouuut...now.
Mikell Gladness: "This is your time, good luck getting that money for next year."
Klay Thompson: "Great year so far, keep shooting." What I didn't say, "You better start attacking more and keep working on your D unless your goal in the league is 6th man of the year consideration."
Dorrell Wright: Comments made...None. Got nothing kind to say. I could've said to start finishing at the basket and stop being such a passive little pansy! But I didn't, guess I'm the real pansy on that one huh?
Let me know what other comments I passed on. Anyone out there got the balls to say what everyone is really thinking? I had no problem singing praises but definitely choked on calling people out on the things that burns me every time I watch them play and have no problem writing here. I say it was the wrong venue but what's the difference between today and Mullin night other than the fact there were more kids there today? I had the chance and I blew it. Then again, I didn't boo Lacob when I had the chance, I just laughed and defended the fans who did afterwards. I think that is more my niche. I think I'll stick with that.
When it's all said and done it was a good gesture from management and it was obvious the kids had a blast. In the end that's what matters, making sure the kids enjoy themselves so they have a better experience with the team then we have. I wish I could've grown up with the current ownership group because I might not be so cynical but I think I'm warming up and I think good things are ahead. Just playoffs, no more WSWS Days...