How long have you been a warriors fan?
I would love to say since the Warriors were the ‘San Francisco Warriors’, but the truth is, it was the 2007 playoffs that made me realize, “okay, I see where this is going…”. If you take a look at the roster that year, each and every player had a strong personality: Baron, Monta, Al, Stack, Barnes, and even the elite bigs Mbenga, POB and Kosta. I felt that the Warriors was a reflection of the Bay Area – the whole ‘never back down’ mentality and always being the group that’s underestimated. I always ride with the ‘have nots’…
Fav. Current Warrior? Why?
Chicken drumsticks aka Corey Maggette. And yes, I’m being serious. The Dubs knew exactly what we were getting: a physical player who gets to the line and puts up points. Maggette got a lot of sh*t (unrightfully so) – but he produced as promised. Nearly 19 points per game, with 6 rebounds… and ACCEPTING & flourishing in a 6th man role.
Fav. All Time Warrior? Why?
Sarunas Marciulionis. Real talk! Around 1990 or so, I remember my childhood buddy telling me, “I know where a player on the Golden State Warriors lives…” So like any curious kid, we walk to the house (in Lafayette). We ring the door bell and out comes this beautiful lady (I’m assuming his wife)… I ask “Does a famous basketball player really live here?” She closes the door and in a matter of seconds, Sarunas greets us, shakes our hands. I ask again, “Can I get an autograph?” Sarunas came back with a 8×10 photo, and signs it. I remember that day like it was yesterday… but hey, an 8-year stint in the NBA with 50% FG isn’t bad!
The booting of Baron Davis. Quote me on this, “I’m happy we got rid of Baron and his atrocious field goal percentage when we did. Out with the out-of-shape, in with the chicken drumsticks.” And this is coming from an ex-Baron Davis fan. The way Baron made his exit, and how little he or his PR team did to explain the situation, is what pissed me off. And to see him talk about how the move to the Clippers was a “dream come true.” I mean c’mon – the Bay Area helped resurrect Baron and then to hear that??? Sheesh, talk about necessary back lash.
Worst moment as a Warriors fan?
Losing Jason Richardson. J-Rich was the heart of the Dubs… he was there through thick and thin and we release him right as there is a glimpse of hope? There are some things you can’t replace… and J-Rich was one of them. Interesting fact: I met the judge who moved into his mini-mansion. (Name withheld) told me the rug was a mess with clothing iron imprints all over.
What’s your feeling on the current Ownership/Management of the Warriors?
It’s a tough job and it’s tough to please the fans. Until I meet the ownership and/or Warriors management, I can’t speak on the situation (I’m opposite / anti- Tim Kawakami). But yes, it sucks losing and we need to start winning – whichever way we do it, we need to do it ASAP!
You're named Warriors GM, How would you improve the team? What changes do you think need to be made?
Develop Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow. I’m still not sold that ‘we’ need a point guard. I say: get one solid “banger” and I ain’t talkin’ Richard Hendrix! If it was up to me, a player like Jordan Hill (if available at the 7 spot) would be a player with starter qualities…
You can bring any current NBA player to the Warriors, who would it be?
Two words, one name: Lamar Odom.
Finish the sentence, When the warriors win the championship, I will…..?
… have another interview with Mistah F.A.B.! (2008-09 GSW prediction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGaLH6ZqsbU)
Do you Visit Warriorsworld.net?
I’ve seen Warriorsworld pop up in Google… now I just gotta click on the link 😉 – much luv to everyone at Warriorsworld… keep pushin’ for the Dubs!
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