W’s Fan Feature – Jasmine Sabagquit
How long have you been a warriors fan?
I’ve been a fan since I was 8, which was the time I started to play organized basketball. I grew up watching Mully, Hardaway, and Sprewell. “Spree for three!”
Fav. current Warrior? Why?
Kelenna Azubuike. Ever since he got swooped up from D-League he’s improved each year. You never see him complain about PT or anything. He just goes out there and works hard each night. You can tell he’s a dedicated team player no matter what the record indicates. That’s what it’s about and exactly the type of attitude we need to move forward in the right direction. Heal up soon Buike!
Fav. all time Warrior? Why?
My Favorite Warrior of All-Time/My Life-time would have to be BD. There were a lot of players that I’ve seen come and go on this team, but he sticks out the most. He only spent a few years in the Town, but he made a big impact! When you think Warriors in the 2000s-era, you’ll think BARON DAVIS. He helped bring new life to the organization.
Definitely in 2007, the Game 6 win at home VS the Mavs! It was history in itself beating out the team with the best record that year, but the thing that I won’t forget was the energy at the Arena that night. It was indescribable, and yes, AMAZING! The Arena took on a life of its own. It was a great win for every basketball fan in the Bay. I’m glad I got to take part of that moment. I remember I had tickets to a concert that night but I had a quick change of plans because I knew that night was the night, and it did not disappoint.
Worst moment as a Warriors fan?
When the 06-07 squad got dismembered. It started with J-Rich getting traded and it had you thinking, “WTF are they doing?” We ended up with a really good 07-08 record, but it wasn’t enough to slip into that last playoff spot. Then we slowly lost core players from the playoff squad and you could just see that everything was slowly going downhill. We signed a few people in 08, but so far the production hasn’t been close to equal all the money we put on the table. It’s disappointing.
What’s your feelings on the current Ownership/Management of the Warriors?
I don’t know where their head is at. There have been so many bad decisions, from draft picks to trades, you name it. As a fan, you definitely feel frustrated when you look at where they’ve been and what could’ve been. They need to focus back on winning and being a successful, respected organization. This has probably been the most frustrating year so far. The season didn’t start off well with Jack being unhappy with the organization. And even with all the drama, it was sad to see him go. My word to the current Warriors front office: If you don’t have any interest or are at a loss for new ideas or decisions on where to lead this team, then I think it’s time you let it go. It’s time for someone else to take the reins. The Bay Area fans deserve it!
You’re named Warriors GM, How would you improve the team? What changes do you think need to be made?
I would look into bringing in some veterans or role players who can run with the Dubs style and pace. I love that we’re a run and gun squad but we need more pieces to complete the puzzle and get us back to winning consistently. Monta can be a leader if he wanted to but I feel he needs someone to help lead the way with him and share the role. BD had that strong presence, and the current roster lacks that type of leadership. Also, as I’ve been saying for the past couple years, we need a big man! Nellie small-ball is not gonna win us enough games to reach the playoffs or allow us to consistently beat the stronger teams in the league.
You can bring any current NBA player to the Warriors, who would it be?
Kevin Durant. He’s an up and coming superstar, and his game fits the Warriors style. As a young player he has that confidence and ability to do big things for a team. He’ll serve as another threat offensively and help grab boards, drop a few dimes, and get some steals. But realistically, if there opportunity is there, I would def like to get Amare or Bosh. I got love for Biedrins, but I don’t like money and time wasted due to injury. 2008 was a year of impulse signings and bad multi-million dollar decisions.
Finish the sentence, When the warriors win the championship, I will…..?
Cry tears of joy and enjoy it! Then have Ribs ‘N Things cater the celebration party. I’ll make my dad wear a Warriors t-shirt, hat, jacket, sweatshirt, etc. wherever he goes for a month. He’s from SoCal and loves his Lakers so that’s gonna be a good one.
Do you Visit Warriorsworld.net?
Definitely! It’s a great site and a place where true Dubs fans can hear honest words on their team. The interviews are great! Looking forward to more great work!
Jasmine is 23 years old, born and raised in San Francisco (The City). She is currently working and in school pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. My career goal is to impact the community to strive for the better and to make a positive impact in the lives of the youth and families. I love R&B, NBA, and experiencing different cultures. Love life!
Favorite Quote: “The sun is somewhere shining even when it rains.”