The Warriors: A Retrospective

war1.jpgThe time has come. Tonight, the Warriors cap off the regular season against the Portland Trailblazers. If they win, they will be in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.

12 years.

The longest playoff drought in the NBA could come to a close tonight.

Suffice to say, it’s been a long, tumultuous road.

We’ve seen the players reach new–or unexpected–heights after leaving the Bay. Tim Hardaway had six or so great years with Miami. Latrell Sprewell took Knicks to the Finals. Chris Webber and Gilbert Arenas became bonafide superstars. Antawn Jamison was an Olympian. Larry Hughes is regularly among the league leaders in steals and is now playing Robin to Lebron’s Batman. Damon Jones, Donyell Marshall, Erick Dampier and Jim Jackson have all been valuable contributors to playoff teams.

war3.jpgAs if seeing our exports blow up wasn’t bad enough, we experienced the following draft night fiascos in consecutive years:

  • 1995: Joe Smith instead of Kevin Garnett, Jerry Stackhouse or Rasheed Wallace
  • 1996: Todd Fuller instead of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash or Jermaine O’Neal
  • 1997: Adonal Foyle instead of Tracy McGrady
  • 1998: Antawn Jamison instead of Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki or Paul Pierce

That’s not even counting Mike Dunleavy (left), Mr. Number Three Pick Overall.

And we’re not sure what category they fall into, but we’ve had point guards named Bimbo, Vonteego, Mookie, Muggsy, Jiri, Speedy and Rusty. And those are just the point guards!

We could go on, but that would be boring. The point is, as Warriors fans, we’ve been through a lot. Just take a peek at some of the gentlemen who have donned Warriors jerseys in the last 12 years. A mere objective look at the non-athletic names alone should tell you a lot:

war2.jpgDavid Wood.

Andrew DeClercq.

Geert Hammink.

Paul McPherson.

Vinny Del Negro.

Calbert Cheaney.

Popeye Jones.

Cherokee Parks.

Dickey Simpkins.

But it could end.

Tonight. Nellie’s team has won 15 of the last 20 games. Portland is resting all of its good players. The stars are aligned. Frankly, we don’t see any way the Warriors could blow this. If they do, this will surpass the 1993 Giants/Solomon Torres debacle in pennant-race disappointment.

So in the name of Ansu Sesay, let’s go Warriors.

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[Some images via GSoM]

8 Responses to The Warriors: A Retrospective

  1. Go Warriors… a win tonight may start a drinking binge that could (potentially) last until mid-June!

    Apparently, there are no Golden State Warriors bars in Los Angeles… but I convinced a bartendress at the local sports dive bar to turn the TV in the dark back left corner of the bar for all Warriors games!

    Also, would it be too much to ask the Lakers for a win? I know they’ve had a tough time beating THE CLIPPERS lately, but, I like the Warriors matching up against Dallas. (There’s only 1 team in the NBA Dallas hasn’t beat this year… can you guess who they are?)

    Go Warriors.

  2. Paolo says:

    I want the Mavs too. That upset would go down in the history books as the biggest ever. We’re swinging for the fences, people.

    You can’t spell “Cinderella” without “Nellie”!

    (Wow, I’m totally going to use that one again.)

  3. WOW! Those draft day nightmares are horrendous. Combine that with trading C. Webber and breaking up a Hardaway, Sprewell, Mullin, Webber dynasty(?) in 1994 and I’m surprised there are any Warriors fans left. Go Warriors! is my new play-off mantra.

  4. Scat says:

    Frankly, I am deeply offended by the disrepsect shown to Cherokee Parks. If given a chance, those 12 years of waiting would have been far less. Who else could contribute that consistent 1.0 pt per game? Nonetheless, GO WARRIORS

  5. jk says:

    Black guys elbowing and kicking crackers. Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when you need them? Oh…wait….they’re in favor of smacking down the white man. Nevermind.

  6. hammertime11790 says:

    Lets pray the Warriors beat the Mavs! I like the Warriors, there a young exciting team and it would be the biggest upset of all time if they beat the Mavs, that would be so exciting!

  7. amiripz says:

    Even though the Warriors are 3-0 during the season, I think the Mavs will wipe them from the floor in the series.

    Expect a 4-1 result for Mavs.

  8. italia says:

    Yo, give sesay a break. That guy really didnt have a chance with the Warriors. The had the poor guy playing behind Calbert Cheaney. Now that should make any pro basketball player want to retire. But in case u guys didnt know he’s having a great european career, so get off his nuts man..

    p.s.
    And oh yeh, 1 yourself man…

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