Warning: This bit of Warriors history is not safe for work, hanging out with friends, studying at the library, etc. It will make you cry... out loud... like Adam Morrison in the clutch.
No matter how you look at it, it's incredibly tough being a fan of the Golden State Warriors. 12 years of losing with the worst owner in all of sports. But this year I can promise you that there is indeed reason for optimism. Why? Because the Warriors are picking 9th, not 8th.
How does that make any sense?
Well think of it like this:
#8 = Adonal Foyle
#9 = Tracy McGrady
We had to dig back into the San Francisco Chronicle archives to bring you this one: Warriors Take Shot-Blocker: Colgate's 6-9 Foyle goes 8th
Here's a look back at what has to be the most embarrassing interview that former Warriors Coach P.J. Carlesimo ever gave in his entire life. This is pretty shameful. How else can I put it? When it came to the 1997 NBA Draft, P.J. CHOKED.
This could have been TMac and P.J.!
Also, let me preface this by saying that I am a big Adonal Foyle fan. Adonal is a community man and the world needs more people like him. The point of this piece isn't to criticize Foyle, it's to seriously question some of the drafting decisions and projections of the Warriors (mis)management back in 1997.
Let's pick apart the Warriors and P.J. Carlesimo's post draft hype in 1997:
TMac and Kobe should be throwing up and bringing in W's for the Warriors as Jordan and Pippen 2.0.
Conclusion #1: P.J. Carlesimo should never be allowed within 90 feet of the NBA Draft Green Room. It's just not safe for the future of an NBA franchise.
Conclusion #2: Lucky #9! The Warriors cannot possibly screw up tomorrow's draft.