Warriors assistant coach Lindsey Hunter was not on the bench with the team Saturday as it lost to San Antonio at Oracle Arena, as he was spending time in Michigan watching his son play in a state championship basketball game.
And what a moment it was for Southfield Christian School’s Lindsey Hunter IV, who reportedly was stunned by his father’s surprise trip all the way to East Lansing, Mich. for the big game.
“Lindsey was in tears because his dad didn’t tell him he was coming here for his last game,” Southfield Christian coach Clennie Brunridge told the Detroit Free Press.
Southfield Christian ended up winning the game 63-61, as Hunter IV scored 16 points and fouled out in the fourth quarter. On his way off the court, there was another emotional moment as Hunter IV was consoled by the Warriors assistant who had made the long trip to see the final high school game.
As Warriors coach Mark Jackson noted earlier this month when Klay Thompson missed a game to attend his grandfather’s funeral, there are indeed things more important than basketball. For the Hunters, it appeared those moments were experienced because of basketball, just on that day away from the bright lights of the NBA.