The last few days have been a whirlwind for the Golden State of Mind as we try to make sense of finding out you’re being
fired ok fine laid off on Twitter (that is not an experience I recommend, by the way, in case you were wondering).
I haven’t said much of anything publicly about that because I found out during the school day when I was teaching children — when you’re making a teacher’s salary, these side gigs can really help — and Duby Dub Dubs pretty much spoke for all of us on the morning we learned of the news. Perhaps I’ll say more about the community I’ve been with for nearly a decade over the coming days and/or weeks, but for now I’ve mostly been in problem solving mode as we as a staff figure out how to preserve this community that has meant so much to so many of us in so many ways over the years.
For now, I’ll say this: we are in the process of figuring out our next steps and, at some point, we’ll share more of our thinking with the community so we can try to preserve some elements of shared history even though we’re being forced to relocate.
But in a few of the lighter moments over the last few days, we’ve been reminiscing about the past and how far we’ve come as fans used to rooting for a lovable loser to the Big Bad Wolf Who Ruined The NBA and back again. Interestingly, as we were digging through the archives, I realized that a horrible 9-17 Golden State Warriors team also faced the Portland Trail Blazers on exactly this day in 2010.
The formatting of those articles has changed significantly enough that it would be awkward to just place it on the front page to troll those more interested in clicks than basic decency, but, as the first game after we got the news of our demise, it’s sort of fitting that our founder, Atma Brother ONE, actually wrote the gamethread on that night nine years ago. His headline said it all: “Trying to avoid losing 13 of 15.”
Atma was also in typical form that night, offering us this gem:
David Lee is due for a turning point. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened tonight against a very overrated Vin Baker 2.0- LaMarcus Aldridge.
Anyway, the current losing streak isn’t quite that bad — hey, we’ve only lost 11 of 13 at this point — but it’s definitely brutal to watch still. The difference, of course, is that we’re coming off five straight finals appearances and waiting for the return of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson plus the possible addition of a high draft pick. So we’ll be fine next year, as both a staff and fans of a team that has had a remarkable decade.
This has been an amazing ride we’ve been on and we’re not ready to call it quits just yet, even if things end up looking a bit different.