The Warriors are unquestionably at the top of the mountain right now. Not only are they fresh off a championship, a parade, and a club full of giant champagne bottles, and not only are they witnessing their greatest rival — the Cleveland Cavaliers — seemingly tear themselves apart from within, but they know now that many of the NBA’s great veteran players will willingly come play for them for minimal money just to be a part of an historic team.
Last year, David West — who had given up over $11 MILLION dollars to chase a ring in San Antonio the year before — again turned away the lure of riches for the chance to be a part of the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors. His dreams were realized.
It was amazing. Shout out David West. This stuff gives me the chills.
David Aldridge: “David, you gave up [dramatic pause] A LOT of money.”
West: “I understand that. I understand that. But look, you can’t take it with you. The Egyptians learned that. You can’t bury and take the treasures with you. So it’s about the small things in life. The accomplishments, man. It’s about winning! And we set a goal, we worked every single day toward that goal, and nobody can ever take that away from us. Straight up.”
Could former All-Star and long time fan favorite Vince Carter find his way to the Bay as well?
Earlier, he made an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump,” and was asked about how he’d theoretically fit onto a team like the Warriors.
Vince Carter says he's open to taking less money and playing for the Golden State Warriors next season. pic.twitter.com/dpSrYBi2t1— Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) June 21, 2017
Rachel Nichols: “Would you consider joining a team like [the Warriors], or one other team that was a contender to say, ‘okay, maybe I’ll take less money. Maybe I just wanna be able to be part of this.”
Carter: “It’s definitely — I’m open for it. I just wanna win. And I wanna play, and I wanna do what ... somewhat what Kevin Durant did. I wanna do for my team. I wanna go out there and play and provide, and show that I can still play this game. It’s a lot going into it, and I’m just not one to go on a team and, like you said, ride the coattails. For me, you can say how old I am, whatever. I’ve proved that I can still play in this league. I don’t wanna go sit on the bench and —”
Nichols: “But I feel like David West made an impact on last night’s game though...”
Carter: “Exactly. That’s what I’m saying. I want to contribute. That’s what I’m saying at the end of the day.”
Vince Carter could be primed to make a dramatic return to the team that drafted him. Interesting fact, did you remember that Carter was actually drafted with the fifth overall pick BY THE WARRIORS in the 1998 draft. True story. In 1998, the Raptors selected Antawn Jamison with the fourth pick, while the Warriors selected Vince Carter. The teams had a secret agreement to immediately swap picks, wherein the Warriors also sent the Raptors cash considerations.
Not knowing this, you could be forgiven for a doing a double take if you looked up Carter’s wikipedia page.
Ahhh, what could have been.
Anyways, 1998 was a long time ago. I really hope the Warriors find a way to make it happen. I’ve long wanted Vince Carter to suit up for the Dubs, much in the same way I always wished they could have found a way to sign Cal legend Jason Kidd, or Santa Clara legend Steve Nash to contracts at some point in either players’ career (although getting Nash a ring finally as a player development consultant is pretty darn cool).
What do you guys think? Would you like to see Vince Carter on the court in a Warriors jersey next year?
Congrats to the Golden State Warriors!!!— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) June 13, 2017