The Warriors have an ever-growing fan base, but you can count the A’s among the “we knew them way back when’’ crowd.
So it was no surprise Sunday morning when one of the prime topics of conversation in the A’s clubhouse at Hohokam Park was Golden State’s Saturday night overtime win over Oklahoma City on Steph Curry’s 32-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“That was the best game I ever saw,’’ shortstop Marcus Semien said. A Berkeley native, he says “I’ve been watching them forever, never miss a game. And that one was something special.’’
“It was an edge-of-the-seat kind of game, a comeback like that. But that’s what they do. You think you’ve seen it all with them, and then they do that.’’
Closer Sean Doolittle was wearing an Andre Iguodala shirt in the clubhouse and described watching the game as “ just insane.’’
“You get in the habit of thinking it’s just Steph, but it’s not,’’ Doolittle said. “Klay (Thompson) does what he does. Last night, Iguodala made those big free throws. The way they play as a team makes it really fun to watch. It’s hard for teams in any sport to have the kind of flow they do. I’m not really an NBA guy, more of a college basketball guy, but they have a way of drawing you in.’’
Right fielder Josh Reddick said he started following the Warriors when he came to the A’s after the 2011 season from Boston. He’s been around long enough to know most of the Warriors at least casually, and he and Harrison Barnes are buddies.
Reddick said he couldn’t watch the Saturday game live because he was doing a photo shoot for Major League Baseball, but he followed the game as best he could on his iPhone, then caught up with the highlights after his time in front of the cameras was done.
“I saw it in bits, and it was pretty special what they did,’’ Reddick said. “That man (Curry) and that team can get it done.’’
Catcher Stephen Vogt, whose wife is a high school basketball coach in Washington State, has long had a fascination with the game, although until recently it was more about the college version.
“The Warriors are 100 percent rejuvenating the NBA,’’ Vogt said. “They’ve made the NBA fun again. Curry, he’s just amazing to watch. This is team that is running, passing, and moving the ball more like in college basketball. And that’s fun to watch.’’