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NBA was cancelled last 12 march, and we don’t know exactly when it could return or it would finish this season. It was disgusting for more of us, but we couldn’t imagine how deep this sadness could penetrate inside us, it was late in the night and I tried to see the boxscore, and I could only see one word “POSTPONED”, and my heart broke in one million pieces, I won’t be able to watch a single game this month, no more night, friends and beers, only silence.
We don’t know how much news, a clip where Hezonja block the game winner of LeBron (wtf) or a discussion for the ROY, COY, MVP and anyone can say the same name we will lose, so my friend Charlie and I decided to win this battle to the fucking COVID-19, we decide to recreate the season NBA 2000/2001 (This year was selected randomly but the luck wish that we could see a tribute to Kobe Bryant too)
Now you are ready to go inside this personal time machine and you are going to live again this incredible year, rewatching old news, old discussion and old feelings.
Thank you for being with us in this travel, we could be in quarantine but basketball will link us.
(the song directly from NBA live 01) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK76GKkEc9o
Day 1: The Show must go on
Like a song of queen this show must start and for that, we need a little of context. The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2000/2001 season as the defending NBA champions, an unstoppable Shaquille O'Neal with 38 points per game, 17 rebounds per game and almost 3 blocks per game reach his first ring with the Lakers (First ring in 12 years for the franchise, when Magic Johnson still play with the purple and yellow jersey). Kobe, Magic and Shaquille in the 2000 championship
The 2000 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2000 at the Target Center at Minneapolis. A lot of dreams for the franchise and the main characters of the game, the players. In the first pick the New Jersey Nets selects Kenyon Martin, a 22 years-old player, a new opportunity to create a legacy in a franchise which is in the shadow of the big New York Knicks. But a lot of journals agree in one point, this is probably the less potential class draft in the history, there are no remarkable players or players that could fix problem in the teams on the bottom of the table.
On the other hand, we could see the NBA players salaries for the incoming season, where centers govern the actual league:
|Player ||Team ||Salary |
|1. Kevin Garnett ||Minnesota Timberwolves ||$19,600,000 |
|2. Shaquille O'Neal ||Los Angeles Lakers ||$19,285,000 |
|3. Alonzo Mourning ||Miami Heat ||$16,879,000 |
|4. Juwan Howard ||Washington Wizards ||$16,875,000 |
|5. Hakeem Olajuwon ||Houston Rockets ||$16,685,000 |
|6. Karl Malone ||Utah Jazz ||$15,750,000 |
|7. Dikembe Mutombo ||Philadelphia 76ers ||$14,422,000 |
|8. Patrick Ewing ||Seattle SuperSonics ||$14,000,000 |
|9. David Robinson ||San Antonio Spurs ||$13,196,000 |
|10. Scottie Pippen ||Portland Trail Blazers ||$13,151,000 |
This summer, we could see plenty of trades and how many players change their jerseys:
- The Miami Heat traded P.J. Brown, Rodney Buford, Tim James, Jamal Mashburn and Otis Thorpe to the Charlotte Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason.
- The San Antonio Spurs signed Raja Bell as a free agent.
- The Utah Jazz signed John Starks as a free agent.
- The Toronto Raptors traded Tracy McGrady to the Orlando Magic for a 2005 1st round draft pick.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Chauncey Billups as a free agent.
- The Toronto Raptors signed Mark Jackson as a free agent.
- In a 4-team trade, the Boston Celtics traded Dana Barros to the Dallas Mavericks; the Boston Celtics traded Danny Fortson to the Golden State Warriors; the Dallas Mavericks traded Robert Pack, Hot Rod Williams and cash to the Boston Celtics; the Dallas Mavericks traded Bruno Šundov to the Utah Jazz; the Golden State Warriors traded Bill Curley to the Dallas Mavericks; the Golden State Warriors traded Donyell Marshall to the Utah Jazz; the Utah Jazz traded a 2001 1st round draft pick to the Boston Celtics; the Utah Jazz traded Howard Eisley to the Dallas Mavericks; and the Utah Jazz traded Adam Keefe to the Golden State Warriors.
- The Dallas Mavericks traded Cedric Ceballos, Eric Murdock and John Wallace to the Detroit Pistons for Christian Laettner and Terry Mills.
- In a 3-team trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Shawn Kemp to the Portland Trail Blazers; the Miami Heat traded Chris Gatling, Clarence Weatherspoon and a 2001 1st round draft pick (Brendan Haywood was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Portland Trail Blazers traded Gary Grant to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the Portland Trail Blazers traded Brian Grant to the Miami Heat.
- The Indiana Pacers traded Dale Davis to the Portland Trail Blazers for Joe Kleine and Jermaine O'Neal.
- The Portland Trail Blazers signed Will Perdue as a free agent.
- The Indiana Pacers waived Chris Mullin, then he returns to Golden State Warriors.
- In probably the most important trade, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Travis Knight, Glen Rice and a 2001 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks; the New York Knicks traded Chris Dudley and a 2001 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; the New York Knicks traded Patrick Ewing to the Seattle SuperSonics; the Phoenix Suns traded Luc Longley to the New York Knicks; the Seattle SuperSonics traded Emanual Davis, Greg Foster, Horace Grant and Chuck Person to the Los Angeles Lakers; and the Seattle SuperSonics traded Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania, a 2001 2nd round draft pick, a 2001 2nd round draft pick ( and a 2002 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks.
- The New Jersey Nets signed Stephen Jackson as a free agent.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves signed LaPhonso Ellis as a free agent.
- Rik Smits retired from the Indiana Pacers.
Finally this season will be special for some curiosities:
- We could see a new log in the Orland Magics and Phoenix Suns which try to create a new era in this new millennium.
- The Grizzlies play their final season in Vancouver, British Columbia before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee for the following season leaving the Toronto Raptors being the only Canadian team left in the NBA.
- Prior to the season, Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning announced that he suffered a kidney disorder and could miss the entire season. Mourning could require a kidney transplant.
And today, 31 October 2000 will start a new unforgettable season of the NBA in the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers receive Portland Trail Blazers, remembering the last Western Conference Finals. Enjoy this game:https://mega.nz/#F!31wD2aRS!y9sTsg-aXaP7Rrf3LdEC-g
Day 2: Vince Carter vs Ray Allen Special
Today it's eighteen of November, the league is started and it's as wild as ever. Here we can see the standing and how Sixers it's the only unbeatable: Conference Standings on 11/17
Tonight we will travel to the cold Canada to watch a Bucks (3-5) with a lot of problems which isn't able to be regular and obtain the win, being the second worst defense in the Eastern Conference, against a Toronto Raptors (4-4) with a Vince Carter in his best moment. Vince Carter and Ray Allen in Sidney with the gold medal in the Olympic Games (2000/10/30 - Manny Millan for Sports Illustrated)
Two friends in the same way in two of the most important teams in the East, both winning gold medal in the Olympic Games 2000 and both being named as All Star last year for the first time in their careers. Here, we will analyze these two young promises, knowing without any doubt they will dominate this early decade:
|Player (Season) ||Games ||Minutes Played per Game ||Points per Game ||Total Rebounds per Game ||Assists per Game |
|Ray Allen (1999/2000) ||82 ||37.4 ||22.1 ||4.4 ||3.8 |
|Ray Allen (2000/2001) ||8 ||36.7 ||21.8 ||4.9 ||2.5 |
|Vince Carter (1999/2000) ||82 ||38.1 ||25.7 ||5.8 ||3.9 |
|Vince Carter (2000/2001) ||8 ||40.2 ||29.5 ||4.5 ||3.4 |
And now let's start this incredible game: https://mega.nz/#F!6lRjWKSD
Day 3: A new star has born
Tracy McGrady, the raw potential personified. He is one of the most skillful offense in the league, the type of player that can put up big numbers even when his man is playing outstanding defense, possesses a great first step, a nasty crossover, and tremendous lift on his jump shot. Tracy McGrady against Charlotte on 8 November
This summer everything has changed for him when he crossed more 2 thousand of kilometers, a homecoming for the Florida native and a chance to escape the long shadow of Toronto teammate (and distant cousin) Vince Carter. Orlando Magic, in theory the perfect fit, without a superstar since the all-too-brief glory days of Shaq and Penny, Orlando was coming off a season in which 31-year-old Darrell Armstrong led the team in scoring. It wasn’t an awful team at all, they were a .500 team the last season, but with T-Mac this intrascendente days are over. His debut with Orlando jersey could not be better, 32 points, 12 rebounds and the win, this 21-years-old is demonstrated who isn’t just a good prospect, he is a reality in this league. Conference Standings on 11/23
T-Mac has burst into the action with 22.5 points per game in 11 games but Magic haven’t discovered the way to win (4-8). So, tonight they have an incredible opportunity to knock on the door of the playoff with a winning in the Fleet Center in Massachusetts, again a poor Boston Celtics (5-6) with only two visible generators (Antoine Walker, 24-years-old and Paul Pierce, 23-years-old) and a Rick Pitino knocked for 2 consecutive years without playoff and his continuity in suspense.
Here this incredible battle for the regularity: https://mega.nz/#F!2gQTDIgY
Day 4: Ode to update
“Old is always better” a mantra you have listened to in everywhere by everyone, but what does it means? Humans are in continuos evolution, new jobs, new friends, new partners but we are looking exactly the opposite, the so called “comfort zone”, a limit where we don’t have fears, worries or anxiety, only a feeling of peace. So it’s simple, if you are on your comfort zone, why should you change to the unknown? The answer is complex, but you need to update you every time because the other road is into the mediocrity.
Patrick Ewing arrived in New York City in 1985, a controversial first pick who changed the dynamics of an entire franchise. But in these fifteen years they haven’t win a title, a decadent historic. On the other hand, they have a great opportunity now to raise the Big Apple into the Olympus where they should never go out. The reality is that the project is over and they have to reset, they have to run away from the comfort zone instead of falling in the same old shadows of comfort. Pat Ewing after a game in the Madison Square Garden
“The king is dead, long live the king!” Ewing has gone this summer, no regret, the old doesn’t have to be better, and the Knicks has the weapons to bomb this league, they only have to believe in their potential as the paradigm of city. They have to believe in this roster and step by step recover their glory. Conference Standings on 12/03
In the Madison Square Garden, Knicks (11-7) will look for another win to find his own road into the glory, although the Los Angeles Clippers (5-13) need desperately a win. Here the full game: (https://mega.nz/#F!PlwhyCQY
Day 5: Sideshow Bryant
Sideshow - a minor attraction at a larger event such as a circus, fair, music festival or similar. Since I was a kid I always observe Sideshow Bob with a special curiosity. Why is he always trying to kill Bart or clown Krusty? Now, I understand this feeling, undervalued, you try to do your best every night, but the show never will be yours, you are only a good potential in the shadows of a bigger main character. Kobe Bryant in his apartment in 1997
Bryant is one of the most skillful player in this league, has everything to be the main dish, every spotlight following him across the stage, but there are not enough light in Hollywood, Los Angeles to illuminate Bryant’s ego. Like in a drama serie every night it appears the greatest, the unstoppable Shaquille O’Neal, snatching his shots, snatching his possession, snatching his light. But we are not talking just about a small sheep which will accept this role, Bryant has one of the most competitive minds, and since he arrived in Los Angeles with only 18-years-old, he knew his real position is with all NBA behind him, and Kobe, or the Lakers' leader in points, matured a lot since this not too far away day.
|Player (This season) ||Games ||Minutes per game ||Points per game ||Rebounds per game ||Assists per game |
|Kobe Bryant ||25 ||40.6 ||28.8 ||5.2 ||4.8 |
|Shaquille O'Neal ||23 ||39.9 ||25.5 ||13.2 ||4.0 |
Every effort has his recognition, and now Kobe is knocking on leading actor’s dressing room: “This is not yours anymore”. Conference Standings on 12/16
In Air Canada Centre, Toronto we will see two contenders Los Angeles Lakers (16-9) vs Toronto Raptors (12-11). Which will fight more for the win? Here the match:(https://mega.nz/#F!HkpUCSTL
Day 6: Goodbye Little Moses
Born on 21st January 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria, Hakeem, formerly Akeem Olajuwon was a Professional NBA player for Houston Rockets. He is well known as one of the best centers to play in NBA so far. He has been the undisputed leader for Houston Rockets. He’s the first African in led one team to the title, Houston Rockets (first for franchise), He was considered a physical marvel starting in his days at the University of Houston, his aesthetic and productive play — highlighted by his Houston Rockets’ back-to-back NBA titles — earned him a place among the game’s best. Olajuwon vs O'Neal in 1995 NBA Finals
But everything has an irremediable ending, and Olajuwon is at the end of his career. His footwork isn’t dominating the league anymore, he is slow and only the leader in the locker room, with Steve Francis (23 years old) like the promising point guard that could guide this team in this decade. Conference Standings 20/12
We only could celebrate this successful career with an important game against the Los Angeles Lakers (18-9) at Houston Rockets (13-11): (https://mega.nz/#F!3hwiUYxB
Day 7: Skinny G
Drafted No. 5 overall by the T-Wolves in 1995 out of Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illi., KG went on to become one of the game’s most accomplished big men. One could see 200 lbs and 7 feets and think immediately is a skinny player and should not jump directly from high school, but we are not talking about a coward. He is an agile and extremely aggressive 7-footer with excellent athleticism Incredibly fluid and coordinated for a player his size, able to run the floor and play like a guard at times, but still defend and rebound like a 7-footer.
Skinny G, 23-years-old, 3 times in all star game, All-NBA and All-Defensive (1st) last year, we are talking about the future of the NBA, and a reality now. So what could stop this highest-IQ player? His team, Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the worst franchise in all NBA. 1996, Marbury and Garnett playing pool March 11, 1999
, the beginning of the ending. Minnesota Timberwolves decide to trade Garnett’s friend, Stephon Marbury (21-years-old) for one pick draft and Terrell Brandon, one good player but not Marbury. We are talking about two player in the early twenty, friends, could dominate the decade 2000’s, but the worst franchise is planning totally different for Minneapolis city. Conference Standings 12/25
Now we can see two teams in similar conditions, Toronto Raptors (14-13) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (15-13). Garnett vs Carter in Minnesota. (https://mega.nz/#F!DkgRUbwD
Day 8: Miller for the three-pointer
One of the most underrated player, only 5 All Star, only 3 All-NBA, and Miller is 35 years old, time is counting against him and the Indiana Pacers. It seems like they achieved their peak last year with NBA Finals and they won’t be able again to catch this exploit. Reggie Miller shouting a three-pointer after a match.
One generational player, I should talk about the greatest in one section, the line of three point. Since he caught be a starter, he has a 0.405 on 3-Point Field Goal Percentage in 5 attempts per game, nobody achieves these numbers. And I want to remember one special night for Miller when in a game 5 in 1994 against the Knicks he showed his best performance to the world. Game 5 confirmed Miller's status as the league's premier practitioner of the ancient art of jump shooting. Except for the free throws and one 15-foot field goal, none of Miller's shots came from closer to the basket than 19 feet. He made jumpers from both sides of the court, off the dribble and from behind screens, in heavy congestion and far from the madding crowd. One of his three-pointers was a what-the-hell heave from about 27 feet, but it was still a classic Miller jumper, arms extended above the head, elbow on the shooting arm (the right) slightly askew, eyes following the ball. (For the record, he did miss two of the 10 field goals he attempted in the period) Conference Standings 01/04
Two teams in totally different points. On one hand, Sacramento Kings (21-8), a fresh leader in the west playing their best in a long time and for sure a contender in this decade. On the other hand, Indiana Pacers (14-19) , a decadent last-year-finalist of the NBA showing a poor level and for sure they should call to the update. Here this game: (https://mega.nz/#F!Kxo0Xa6D
Day 9: All Star Special https://preview.redd.it/thbcie9ageo41.jpg?width=353&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=3fc63d8b96d4298d8cc54bbab00057d33c0db857
Each decade has provided fans with numerous memorable and entertaining All-Star moments celebrated over the weekend that unofficially kicks off a season’s final push toward the postseason. Now we are in the capital of USA to watch some skillful players: 3-Points Contest.
The main outstanding tasks for many players. One difficult shot maybe we don't understand a lot yet, but some players were so skillful, like we talked yesterday, Reggie Miller, 3-times-winners: Larry Bird, Craig Hodges or the last 2 times winners Jeff Hornacek. Reggie Miller in 1990's 3-Point Contest
Here we can see the players were selected for this magic moment:
|Steve Nash ||Dallas Mavericks |
|Dirk Nowitzki ||Dallas Mavericks |
|Ray Allen ||Milwaukee Bucks |
|Allan Houston ||New York Knicks |
|Pat Garrity ||Orlando Magic |
|Peja Stojakovic ||Sacramento Kings |
|Rashard Lewis ||Seattle Supersonics |
|Byron Russell ||Utah Jazz |
Last year we could see Vince Carter dominate this contest as the greatest in all time. It's more than a simple contest, it's the moment all kids stare the television and watch a moment will stay in their retina. Vince Carter winner 2000 dunk contest.
Here the players selected:
|Baron Davis ||Charlotte Hornets |
|DeShawn Stevenson ||Utah Jazz |
|Desmond Mason ||Seattle Supersonics |
|Corey Maggette ||Los Angeles Clippers |
|Stromile Swift ||Vancouver Grizzlies |
|Jonathan Bender ||Indiana Pacers |
Which players will make us forget the incredible Carter's dunks or the foolproof Hornacek? Here the answer to this question: (https://mega.nz/#F!P9REkQhA
Day 10: All Star Special 2
All Star Game have changed a lot in time, so we will talk about some remarkable moments: The first All-Star Game in 1951.
History was made in March 1951 when the NBA held its first All-Star Game, at the Boston Garden. As Richard Goldstein of The New York Times wrote in 2000, college basketball was left reeling from a point-shaving scandal in the early 1950s, so then-NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen suggested the league create an All-Star Game similar to the Major League Baseball exhibition as a way to attract interest for the Association’s stars. Over 10,000 people journeyed to the Garden to watch the East defeat the West, 111-94. Boston’s Ed Macauley was named MVP of that contest. Red Auerbach’s ejections.
Nobody has to wonder if Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach cared about winning NBA All-Star Games. Following his retirement as coach of the Boston Celtics, Auerbach made history as the only coach ever ejected from an All-Star contest for arguing with officials in 1967. Magic Johnson comes back in 1992.
Between November 1991 and Feb. 9, 1992, Magic Johnson twice stunned the world. That fall the five-time NBA champion announced he was HIV-positive, and, as a result, was retiring from the Association. Fans nevertheless voted Magic into that season’s All-Star Game , the last of his career, and he returned for the contest played in Orlando. Johnson stole the show, as he tallied 25 points and nine assists, both game highs. A buzzer-beating three-pointer he drained with under 15 seconds remaining brought the crowd to its feet and cemented his legacy as the game’s MVP.
The west roster is formed by:
|Jason Kidd ||Phoenix Suns |
|Kobe Bryant ||Los Angeles Lakers |
|Chris Webber ||Sacramento Kings |
|Tim Duncan ||San Antonio Spurs |
|Shaquille O'Neal ||Los Angeles Lakers |
|Michael Finley ||Dallas Mavericks |
|Gary Payton ||Seattle Supersonics |
|Kevin Garnett ||Minnesota Timberwolves |
|Karl Malone ||Utah Jazz |
|Antonio McDyess ||Denver Nuggets |
|Rasheed Wallace ||Portland Trail Blazers |
|David Robinson ||San Antonio Spurs |
|Vlade Divac ||Sacramento Kings |
The east roster is formed by:
|Allen Iverson ||Philadelphia 76ers |
|Tracy McGrady ||Orlando Magic |
|Vince Carter ||Toronto Raptors |
|Grant Hill ||Orlando Magic |
|Alonzo Morning ||Miami Heats |
|Ray Allen ||Milwaukee Bucks |
|Allan Houston ||New York Knicks |
|Stephon Marbury ||New Jersey Nets |
|Jerry Stackhouse ||Detroit Pistons |
|Anthony Mason ||Miami Heats |
|Glenn Robinson ||Milwaukee Bucks |
|Latrell Spewell ||New York Knicks |
|Antonio Davis ||Toronto Raptors |
|Dikembe Mutombo ||Atlanta Hawks |
|Theo Ratliff ||Philadelphia 76ers |
Here the full game: (https://mega.nz/#F!K5BgkACT
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So I just got an email from a friend with this awesome list. Apparently his comedian friend/die hard warrior fan has been posting some of his favorite warrior moments. It not my original content but I felt I had to post it. Reading through it makes me think about how vehemently Dub Nation defends this team. Our fan base is so passionate and the organization has put us through many trials and tribulations. It makes this historic run so much sweeter. I am going to continue to try enjoy >the moment< because we all know, nothing gold can stay. except of course for the blood in my heart. GO DUBS!!!!!!!
1 Great Moments In Warriors History: Don Nelson Brings A Bud Light To The Postgame Press Conference
"The more scotch I drink, the better the game plan gets." - Don Nelson, 2007 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdmDFJNnuA8
2 Great Moments In Warriors History: Mike Dunleavy Junior Gets A Standing Ovation
In 2001, the Warriors added Jason Richardson, Troy Murphy, and Gilbert Arenas in a single draft. Quite a collection of talent, and with the third pick in the 2002 draft, they had a great chance to add to their young nucleus. Instead, they picked Mike Dunleavy Junior.
Dunleavy had won a national title with Duke as a sophomore. He was tall, but too skinny to play forward. He was a great outside shooter in college, but didn't develop three-point range until his sixth year in the league. Mike's father was an NBA coach, so the Warriors were hoping his family pedigree would extend to the next generation. Mike Dunleavy Senior was a pretty disappointing NBA coach, so they weren't exactly wrong.
On March 23, 2005, MDJ finally won the affection of Warriors fans. After a terrible offensive foul call against him, Dunleavy lost his mind, screaming at the ref and earning a rare "flagrant technical," leading to his immediate ejection. One can only assume he suggested that the referee had sexual relations with his mother, or at least suggested that he should make love to himself. The ejection didn't stop the rampage, however. Dunleavy kept screaming at the ref, until the entire team interceded, and then he took his jersey off and flung it into the crowd. The arena rose at once to applaud.
That was the last time they'd cheer. Dunleavy signed a wildly unpopular contract extension that fall, and muddled through two more seasons in Oakland before being traded to Indiana. The Warriors immediately made the playoffs. Dunleavy eventually reached the postseason in 2011, nine years into his career, and lost 4-1 in the first round.
(Note: Newspaper reports indicate that two days after the ejection, Dunleavy lost thousands of dollars to Jason Richardson in a bet on the Duke-Michigan State NCAA tournament game.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOKsr4L9lh0
3 Great Moments In Warriors History: Chris Mills Fights The Blazers Bus
After Latrell Sprewell choked P.J. Carlesimo in December of 1997 (more on that another time), the Warriors attempted to void his contract. Spree won reinstatement on appeal after the season, though he was still out his 97-98 salary, which he's trying to recoup through Priceline commercials. A lockout delayed the NBA season until January of 1999, at which point Golden State traded Spree to the Knicks.
Usually when a team deals a superstar, they get young players or salary relief back. Or both! This was the Warriors, so they got 33-year-old John Starks, 38-year-old Terry Cummings, and 29-year-old Chris Mills - who had six seasons left on his $34 million deal. That's Jason Caffey money!
Mills was still on the team in December of 2002, when Portland came to town. This was the apex of the "Jail Blazers" era. Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire had just been arrested for marijuana possession. Bonzi Wells was suspended weeks earlier for spitting on Danny Ferry. And registered sex offender Ruben Patterson had been arrested for spousal abuse (he can also be seen celebrating with Kobe Bryant after his magical tip-in in a previous Great Moment). Somehow, Chris Mills was crazier than all of them that night.
The Warriors blew a late lead and Rasheed Wallace hit a buzzer-beater to win. Afterward, Wells and Mills started shoving. Wells threw a punch. Troy Murphy threw a punch. Fans threw plastic bottles at Sheed, and one fan got arrested after hitting him with gum. But Chris Mills was the angriest.
Just based on the amount of time they'd spent behind bars, this Portland squad was the worst possible team to brawl with. They also had Dale Davis, a young Zach Randolph, and Qyntel Woods, who was literally running a dogfighting ring at the time. Not only did Mills try to get into their locker room, he also parked his SUV in front of the Portland team bus. They couldn't leave, while Mills and his friends pounded on the windows and challenged the entire team to a fight.
Eventually the Oakland police had to restrain Mills, and the team bus went on its way. I can't find documentation online, but I've heard that Mills followed the bus to the airport - admittedly not that far from the Oakland Coliseum.
Mills remained on the Warriors for the rest of the year, then got traded three times in six months. He eventually did help a team to a title, when his salary was used as ballast in the deal that sent his nemesis, Rasheed Wallace, to the Detroit Pistons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezv4GaXmjec&app=desktop
4 Great Moments in Warriors History: Elton Brand Destroys Three Franchises At Once
In 2007, Baron Davis led the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in 13years, where they upset the top-seeded, 67-win Dallas Mavericks. In 2008, the Warriors won 48 games but missed the playoffs (they would have been the #4 seed in the East). Baron had $17 million coming to him in 2008-9, but he also had an opt-out. He and Chris Mullin reached an agreement on a three-year extension, but team president Robert Rowell vetoed the deal. So Baron became a free agent.
Down in Los Angeles, All-Star Elton Brand was also a free agent, though he said he'd take less money if it helped the Clippers add another star. He and Baron made a pact to play together in LA, Baron's home town. On July 6, 2008, Baron agreed to a five-year deal with the Clippers. On July 9, 2008, Brand agreed to a five-year deal with... the Philadelphia 76ers. Panicked, the Warriors signed former Clipper Corey Maggette to a five-year deal.
All three contracts were terrible. Elton Brand got hurt and missed most of his first year in Philly. He maxed out at 15 points per game, never made another All-Star team, and was eventually waived by Philadelphia, who began a four-year cycle of tanking.
Maggette hogged the ball, played terrible defense, and led the league in six-step traveling violations in Oakland, before being traded to Milwaukee two years later. In return, the Warriors received Charlie Bell, who achieved notoriety that fall for showing up drunk to a hearing in a DUI case. The team used its amnesty provision on Bell in a failed attempt to sign Tyson Chandler or DeAndre Jordan, which then required them to trade a first-round pick to dump Andris Biedrins' salary in 2013.
Davis was overweight and unhappy in LA. Two years into his deal, the Clippers nightmare racist owner, Donald Sterling, had begun regularly heckling him from his courtside seats. The frustrated Clippers finally gave up a first-round pick just to get rid of Baron's contract - which became the #1 pick in the draft, Kyrie Irving.Since this deal, all three teams have been sold.
On a positive note, Corey Maggette gave out thousands of Clippers tickets to underprivileged kids through his program, "Uh Oh Maggette-Os." This was a real thing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN_ljDfevB0
5 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Intentionally Missed Free Throw Actually Works
As desperation gambits go, the intentionally missed free throw works about as often as the fake pickoff throw to third/real pickoff throw to first move in baseball. Yet one magical night in 1999, it actually worked. Against the Warriors.
It was the lockout-shortened 98-99 season. Chris Mullin and Latrell Sprewell had both been traded, and the Warriors starting backcourt was John Starks and Bimbo Coles. A 34-year-old Muggsy Bogues - still 5'3" - also played significant minutes. They were facing the mighty Los Angeles Lakers, one year away from their first Shaq-Kobe title.
Coles shot only 4-15, but his largest contribution came when he got into an altercation with Robert Horry in the second quarter. Shaq ran up and shoved Bimbo in the back, got his second technical of the game, and got ejected. The rattled Lakers had 17 first-half turnovers, and at one point, the Warriors led by 28 points.
In the second half, the Lakers made a furious comeback, but still trailed. Kobe hit a desperation three with 3.7 seconds left, but that only cut the lead to one. Bimbo hit both of his free throws and then the Warriors fouled Rice so he couldn't hit a game-tying three. The Lakers only chance was a play that never works: Make the first free throw, then miss the second on purpose and hope for the rebound. Even on the telecast, Lakers announcer Chick Hearn said "It's awfully hard to miss a free throw on purpose. Awfully hard."
Nothing is impossible when you're playing the Warriors. Rice missed, the ball went off to the right, and no one remembered to block out Kobe. In the words of Chick Hearn, "He slapped the ball from about 12 feet, and it went in the darn hole!" The Lakers went on to win in overtime.
This all happened on April 20, 1999, the same day as the Columbine massacre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ai1J-xuxQU#t=8m41s
6 Great Moments in Warriors History: Tim Young Has A Great Time Out
The 1999-2000 Warriors were a profoundly depressing team. They were tough to watch, both because of their play and because of this ad, which ran at every single commercial break throughout the season.
It's inexplicable on many levels. There's a bunch of steel drums, which in 1999 indicated you were watching a Girls Gone Wild commercial. There's a fish eye lens, because, again, 1999, but it makes Antawn Jamison's smile look troubling. Adonal Foyle has maracas. Minutes leader Mookie Blaylock (currently incarcerated) is filmed in fast-motion, because he's 32 and not that quick. Donyell Marshall and Erick Dampier look embarrassed, especially when Dampier has to give Thunder the mascot a piggyback ride. And then there's Tim Young.
Young was a rookie center from Stanford. He played 137 total minutes that season, the only one in his NBA career. His baffling inclusion in this commercial can only be explained by, "We needed a white guy." Even in a grief glimpse of Young's dancing, you can see his footwork is a problem.
The pun did make a lot of sense. A time out may not be exciting, but it meant that for at least 20 seconds, you didn't have to watch the Warriors play basketball. Even Tim Young's dancing was better than that. The team finished 19-63, but Orlando had the Warriors' first-round pick, and took Mike Miller. Mike Miller just finished his 16th season in the NBA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mTE6_5rYHU
7 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Jason Caffey Blockbuster
The Warriors selected Joe Smith with the first pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, so by midseason 1998, it was time to trade Joe Smith. They flipped him for two players who weren't going to re-sign, so the Warriors needed a new power forward. Someone with championship pedigree. Someone like Chicago Bulls backup Jason Caffey.
Scottie Pippen's agent had been very critical of the Bulls ownership all season. Pippen was crucial to the Bulls threepeat hopes, but Jason Caffey had the same agent. So even though Caffey had started five playoff games the previous year, the Bulls traded him away, purely out of spite.
The Warriors made a run to close the season that year, mainly because their 1998 pick was top-3 protected, and they needed to claw their way to the 4th-worst record. Caffey averaged almost 11 points per game down the stretch. After the season, the Warriors were terrified that he too would leave, so they signed Caffey to a 7-year, $35 million contract. It was like they'd gotten out of a long relationship, and immediately proposed to the first person they dated afterward. Unfortunately, though Caffey WAS a rebound, he couldn't rebound.
Caffey was traded to Milwaukee two years later, and went on to father 10 children with 8 different women. He filed for bankruptcy in 2008. The Warriors kept their pick and selected future Hall of Famer Vince Carter, then traded him away minutes later. http://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2000/02/06/c9cc3ad7-a642-11e2-a3f0-029118418759/thumbnail/620x350/8363c45a42575ed7d357d2f25d7e8c4e/image157474x.jpg
8 Great Moments In Warriors History: Rick Barry Is Publicly Racist
Many great players passed through the Warriors organization over the years - Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Hall of Famers Paul Arizin and Tom Gola. But the most emblematic Warrior of all time is the man who led them to their first title in Oakland, Rick Barry.
Barry won Rookie of the Year in his first season, and led the team to the NBA Finals in his second year. Since he was a Warrior, he then sat out the following season in a contract dispute, showing the team's new California fans that good things would never last. He led the team to an improbable championship in 1975, but in Game 7 of the 1976 Western Conference Finals, Barry got mad at his teammates and refused to shoot, and the Suns won the series.
(30 years later, Kobe Bryant delivered a homage to Barry, also refusing to shoot the ball in a Game 7 against the Suns.)
After his career, Barry specialized in announcing and casual racism. During the 1981 Finals, he told broadcast partner Bill Russell that he had a "watermelon grin" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg8kkzzHSTw
). Barry got fired after that, but was still well regarded enough to work the 1988 dunk contest. When Michael Jordan took off for a jam, Barry turned on the racism.
"That's what I call the Chinese Superman dunk. He comes at it a little sideways, he's got some slant on it."
Why didn't this guy ever get a shot at an NBA coaching job??? Barry eventually returned to the Bay to host a depressing talk radio show, and later got booed off the court during Chris Mullin's jersey retirement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pjhl1G1W-c
9 Great Moments In Warriors History: Chris Washburn Has A Career Night
In 1986, the Warriors drafted Chris Washburn with the first pick in the NBA Draft. One pick earlier, the Celtics selected Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose two days after the draft, yet arguably had a better pro career than Washburn.
Washburn battled knee soreness his rookie year and a dependence on painkillers, which led to a kidney infection. But on December 7, 1986, Washburn had a career night. He came off the bench against the Lakers to notch 17 points and 12 rebounds, even throwing in an assist and a steal. Finally, a glimpse of the potential he'd shown in college!
The Lakers won the game 132-100. Seven weeks later, Washburn checked into cocaine rehab. He played 72 games in his career, and was banned from the NBA for life in 1989. Next year, the Warriors used their first-round pick on Tellis Frank, who is most famous for working as an assistant coach in the WNBA.
10 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Chris Webber Era Is Ruined Before It Begins
On April 9, 1993, college "students" Chris Webber and Jason Kidd attended a Warriors game together. Webber had just finished his sophomore year at Michigan, Kidd his freshman year at Cal. They'd both starred in the recent NCAA Tournament. Kidd upset defending champion Duke, while Webber led his team to the championship game, which had been played three nights earlier. Of course, Michigan lost the title game when, with seconds remaining, Webber called a timeout his team didn't have.
At a commercial break, the Warriors showed Webber and Kidd on the scoreboard and everyone gave them an ovation. Everyone but Tim Hardaway.
Hardaway was injured but still sitting on the bench in street clothes. When Webber stood up and waved, Hardaway stood and gave Webber the "timeout" signal. Then he laughed and gave the timeout sign again. It had only been three days! Too soon, Timmy!
Later that summer, the Warriors would trade for Webber, giving up Penny Hardaway and three first-round picks. Unfortunately, Tim Hardaway tore his ACL that summer as well, missing Webber's entire rookie season. With Hardaway gone, and Webber already resenting him, Webber became close with Billy Owens and Latrell Sprewell instead. They won 50 games without their All-Star point guard. But next fall, when the Warriors traded Owens for Rony Seikaly, so Webber no longer had to play center, Webber demanded a trade.
The Warriors would miss the playoffs for the next 13 years.
11 Great Moments In Warriors History: Patrick O'Bryant learns how to send a letter.
The Warriors drafted Patrick O'Bryant 9th overall in 2006. But there were some immediate problem signs. He had a poor work ethic, he had an undisclosed foot injury that left him in a boot, and he didn't quite have the basketball IQ they expected. Also he didn't know how to send a letter.
Teammate Troy Murphy commented, "I took him to talk with a mailman, he was just lost. He knew absolutely nothing about the post." O'Bryant was particularly frustrated trying to send packages: he couldn't keep the weight in check, and when sending things long-distance, he never understood the concept of a postal "zone." He even once scraped his car against the side of a mail truck, leading to a long tirade from Don Nelson about protecting the paint.
Thankfully, O'Bryant eventually learned how to send a letter, and continued mailing it in for the remainder of his career. http://warriorsworld.bayareaballllc1.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/bryant.jpg
12 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Chris Porter Game
At the All-Star Break in 2001, the Warriors were 15-33. Bad, but not worst in the NBA bad. But then the Warriors turned on the suck, winning only two games the rest of the season. The only speed bump came on March 26, 2001. They'd beaten the Pistons two days earlier, then took the Knicks to overtime. They were five minutes away from a lottery-derailing two-game win streak.
Enter Chris Porter. He played a career-high 42 minutes, including the overtime period where the Warriors held the Knicks to only four points. But Porter ensured the Warriors would put the brake to the metal themselves, scoring only two points to pull out the clutch loss. The Warriors finished with the second-worst record in the NBA, but were jumped by three other teams - the most possible - in the draft lottery, and picked 5th.
Chris Porter was traded to the Charlotte Hornets after showing up three days late to rookie camp the following season. He then missed his flight to Charlotte and was released by the Hornets before he'd even left Oakland.
13 Great Moments in Warriors History: April 6, 2012.
The Warriors owe Utah a first-round pick if their pick falls outside the top 7. With just weeks remaining in the season, Golden State is only the 9th-worst team in basketball. And in a late-season game in Salt Lake City, despite starting Jeremy Tyler, the Warriors lead. That's when Mark Jackson puts in what pundits call the "Suicide Lineup."
Nate Robinson. Richard Jefferson. Brandon Rush. Dominic McGuire. And a terrified, hung over Andris Biedrins. With combination of turnovers, missed layups, and defensive laziness, they claw the Warriors back into premium draft position. In nearly six minutes, they make one single shot. Even a late scoring barrage from Klay Thompson isn't enough, as the Suicide Lineup snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, and the Warriors go on to keep their pick. Which in turn will allow them to pay Harrison Barnes $22 million per season after this summer