I'm not. I was last night. I was mad at Tony Brothers. I was mad a Klay Thompson. I was mad at Jarrett Jack. I was mad at Richard Jefferscrub. I was mad at Mark Jackson. I was mad at the way he carried himself in after the game in the Press Box. I was mad seeing highlights of the game. I wasn't mad enough for it to ruin my night (I still copped 8 hours of amazing sleep), but I was mad.
Today, I don't know what it is, but I'm juiced as can be.
I have waited so long for this team to be relevant. For this team to mean something. For a player on this team to score magazine covers. For a rookie class to make a difference immediately.
Our time is here, you guys. And it's real. Joe Lacob and company has finally rescued this team from the decades long pit of embarrassment that the organization as well as it's fanbase has been mired in for far too long.
We have a future as bright as OKC's when they scored Kevin Durant (and subsequently Russell Westbrook.) This year, next year, they were supposed to be cross your fingers and pray for playoffs while we burn Beans and Jefferscrubs contracts away. And look at us. We just pushed the Spurs, FAVORITES TO WIN THE WEST BY MANY, to double overtime in their own house in game one.
With this unexpected success has come unexpected expectations. But to those, I ask you this, would you have ever in your life thought that these Warriors would have a three deep rookie class that could not only contribute at this level (often times better than our stalwarts and go to players) but get the opportunity to drink in a series like this? The opportunity to drink in a heartbreaking defeat like that?
As far as I'm concerned, we're in the thick of bonus basketball. Nobody thought we could be here. Nobody thinks we can push the Spurs. Those of us who have been following the Warriors all year know better. I'm not saying that I think we can take this series, but I think it's beyond fair to say that it's going at least six, and we're not going to roll over.
One of the youngest teams in the NBA, sans their "all-star" STILL making noise, and pushing shoe-ins to their limits. Thank god we've arrived. Is anyone excited for next year? You could substitute a goat for Jarrett Jack and we'd probably see an improvement. Another year for Klay, Barnes, Draymond, and Festus to grow.
I don't think I'm being too optimistic. The truth is that I really don't care if we beat the Spurs this year. Because for the first time since ever, I can see a distinct path to success in our future. And that makes this easier than it has ever been for me.