‘Remember When the Warriors Stunk?’

Scott Cacciola, writing for the New York Times:

Given the events of more recent seasons, few people on the planet have greater perspective on the team’s emergence as an all-universe juggernaut than Roye and two colleagues who have been staples of the Warriors’ radio and television broadcasts for decades: Jim Barnett, who has worked as the Warriors’ TV analyst since 1985, and Bob Fitzgerald, who has done play-by-play of the team’s games since 1993. They appreciate the highs.

“Because we know what the bottom looked like,” Fitzgerald said.

The bottom looked like 12 straight losing seasons, from 1994 to 2006, a period Fitzgerald assessed as “general hopelessness.” The bottom looked like nightly opportunities to set records for offensive futility. The bottom looked like the coach getting choked at practice by one of his players. The bottom looked like a sad stream of 20-point deficits and endless amounts of airtime to fill.

I’ve lived in the Bay Area my entire life, and Barnett has been the only Warriors color analyst I’ve ever known. Aside from the Run TMC years in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the Warriors were bad for a long time. Now, they’ve won two titles and the NBA juggernaut.