Happy Warriors

Believe it or not, the Warriors were pretty upbeat after folding down the stretch. And they should’ve been. It was a heck of a ride. They rose from nowhere, against all odds, to become a pretty good team. They were fun to watch, they were competitive, and they were compelling. A lot of good things happened to the Warriors franchise this season. And losing the way they did might hurt just enough to prevent them from being satisfied.
Here’s what they had to say after the game:

Don Nelson
“Like I said, there will be no teary eyes in our locker room. We had a fantastic year and I’m real proud of that team. We competed hard tonight, as hard as we could …”

“Over the hump? I think we are over the hump. The hump was not making the playoffs for the last 12 years, are you kidding me. I don’t know what over the hump is. If we didn’t get over the hump this year something’s wrong.”

Jason Richardson
“We definitely had a great season. Just three months ago, we were being counted out of the playoffs and we made it to the second round wih a short roster, guys being hurt, and dealing with the trade. I mean we had a lot to be proud of this season.”

Stephen Jackson
“Utah was the better team this series. You know, we’ve got to give them credit point blank. They beat us up inside. They did what they needed to do to win this series. They were the better team and they showed it. Point blank. No need for us to be bitter, we had a great year. A lot of y’all said we wouldn’t be here right now. We are here. We had a great year, everybody’s still upbeat. Everybody’s happy with the way our season went and at the same time we give credit to Utah, because they played a great game.”

“I think everybody’s going to use this as ammunition. We’re going to come back next year ready. Everybody’s going to get healthy and we’re going to try to do the same thing next year, just have a longer season. But you know I love all my teammates. I’m happy with the energy we brought. Everything we’ve done in the short season I’ve been here three months. We’re definitely happy. We’re not satisfied. We’re definitely going to be ready next year.”

Marcus Thompson