I spent close to 36-hours with the Golden State Warriors. My initial feeling was that I haven’t experienced anything quite like this before. Everything they do—both on and off the court—has the potential for national headlines.
It was a whirlwind, and then I reflected to myself how important the mental approach and toughness is needed not only to be an elite athlete, but also to compete as a Championship-caliber team.
Friday, January 29: The Warriors landed at 6:23 p.m., and the team bus headed directly to the arena for an evening practice. I arrived at 6:50 p.m. around the same time as the Warriors and I waited in the press room. Practice was over approximately 8:11 p.m., and the coaches and players were available to the small flock of media members.
The three All-Stars were on the court getting up some shots as if practice never ended. I interviewed Draymond Green, observed how Stephen Curry handled himself during interviews, and then I called it a night.
Prior to heading home, I stopped by Del Frisco’s Steakhouse to support Jason Thompson and his foundation benefit dinner. Thirty minutes later his teammates showed up, and everyone had a really good time in the name of promoting heart health awareness.
It was good to see the team in their down time, as I can say they are very unified and their superstars are so down-to-Earth, that you wouldn’t know their status unless someone pushed you out the way to get a picture.
Saturday, January 30: The Warriors won 108-105 with a Harrison Barnes three-pointer from the corner.
Afterward, I went into the visiting locker room. I got there too late to camp out in front of Curry’s locker, so I waited until he was done with the post game interviews, and I walked over to him. I extended my hand and introduced himself.
He gladly acknowledged me and we struck up a conversation. I mentioned that I people don’t allow him breathing room and that it must be difficult. He said, “God is using me as an example for others, so I don’t question it.”
Curry is at total peace with himself, his family and the sport of basketball, and I firmly believe that this is one of the main reasons why he is so good. He has blocked all the distractions out of his life, and he is focused on his faith, family and team.