I haven’t posted a blog in a while and I have to make a decision on whether or not to keep my domain going for another year. It’s a $15 decision that’s been weighing on me like a few extra grams of coffee beans on my scale. But, I wanted to get this out there because I ran into a bunch of Warrior enablers; a group of people who are okay with losing and perhaps a partial reason why the Warriors are who they are.
Last night I played some hoop with some old-timers at the local gym. It was a good run, kind of like playing in slow-motion, but they played the game right and were respectful towards me, the new (“young”) guy.
My basketball shoes are a pair of Nike Hyperdunks with custom Warrior colors that I designed at NikeID (forgive all the brand and product name dropping). The guys looked at my shoes and I had to explain to them that they were Warrior colors not Laker colors. This spurred on a discussion about the Warriors amongst all the old-timers.
It started with, “they gotta get rid of Curry or Ellis,” and continued with talks about defense and size and all the typical Warrior discussions you’ll hear. Then one guy said, “but when I see Ellis play and the things he can do, I think to myself, ‘that’s one guy they need to keep.’” Another guy followed-up and said, “he’ll win you some games.” I wanted to intervene and introduce efficiency stats but before I could, one guy came out and said something I despise.
“There’s something to be said about the entertainment value of games.”
Another guy reminisced about Don Nelson and how entertainment value is more important than winning games. I kid you not. I can’t make this up. “I’d rather see the Warriors lose 115 – 120 than to see them win like Tim Duncan and the Spurs.” My jaw dropped to the floor. I wanted to tell them this is the exact type of attitude that makes it okay for the Warriors to be a losing franchise. Given that these guys were of the old school variety, I presumed they have probably spent a pretty penny or two on season tickets. They charged $3 more than the Tuesday night run at the same gym. That’s another basis for my presumption. Maybe they’re rich enough to say stupid things and not really care about it. For sure they’re not going to read this blog post, and even if they did, do you think they’d care? No, they’d rather have entertainment value.
I’m not upset because there’s some perspective to be had by listening to this group of enablers. Maybe they’re still enjoying the 1975 championship run and are satisfied with entertainment value. I know that the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 championship will keep me going for a lifetime, but I’ll do my best not to let bad decision making in the front office be good enough.