By Craig Kwasniewski
Outside of the RUN-TMC era, do you know anything about "Tha Dubs" history before April '07?
Does Sleepy, Mr. Mean, Purvis or Karl mean anything to you? What about 51 in Game 4? Or Al Attles, Silk Wilkes or Phil Smith? Without looking up at the banner, what year did you win an NBA title? Does Joe Barry Carroll ring a bell? How about Ralph Sampson? Can you name at least two coaches between Nellie's reigns? Who finally broke up the the great RUN-TMC era?
Okay the last one was a trick question depending on who you ask. Your beloved Don Nelson traded away Mitch Richmond for Billy Owens so the judges will accept either one of those two.
Just admit it, before the Golden State Warriors morphed into "Tha Dubs" last spring, you knew nothing about them. They're like Von Dutch or Cross Colors... the trendy pick for suburbanites to cling to hoping for a little street cred.
Let me expain... I've been going to almost every Warriors-Lakers games at Staples Center since 1999-2000 and last night was the first time *EVER* that GSW fans showed up. They came out in force, decked out in brand new Baron Davis jerseys or the overplayed "We Believe" tees and cheered throughout the game (even down 16 with seconds left). Big ups to the newly found life-long fans for gearing up and representing the mighty Oaktown. Tha Dubs needed every bit of that energy, especially in their 9th loss in a row to the Lakers.
Warrior Nation has officially become the most annoying trend in sports today. Detective David Mills from my one of my favorite movies, Seven, best describes the movement:
You're a movie of the week. You're a t-shirt, at best.
A $72 one at that... but of course Mills' wife eventually lost her head in the movie, which best explains what Stephen Jackson was trying to do to Lamar Odom in the closing minutes. With the Lakers up 14 with 5 minutes left, Jackson goes head-hunting on Odom. But unlike Dallas (especially Nowitzki), Odom has that New York edge where the Warriors bullshit tactics don't get to him. Anyway, on the next possession, Baron Davis gets a technical foul on defense. You know, it's kinda refreshing to see that tha Dubs are still the sore losers/cheap shot artists we knew and loved from the Jazz series last spring.
Here's my last question, after losing to a team with 5 regulars nursing injuries, who's not intimidated by thug antics and who dominated you with a 20-year old center: Do you still believe?