Welcome, Kevin…

Welcome, KD

Dear Kevin,

I hope you’re ready.

You’re going to get boos, criticism and hate from 29 arenas around the league, thousands, maybe millions of fans around the world and analysts with any kind of time in front of a camera or behind a microphone. But you needn’t worry, the one fan base which matters to you is going to have your back from the tip-off to the buzzer each and every game.

I’m not going to act like I know the criticism you’re going to get, but having been a Golden State fan since getting into basketball at 15 years of age – I now get the odd glance or comment about being a ‘bandwagon fan’. When people ask who I follow, I always close my response with something like “I’ve been a fan since the Andris Biedrins days” or “The days when we couldn’t win more than 30 games”.

“What many fans don’t understand is that you’re a human being. In a job. Trying to be the best you can be.”

Watching from the UK, us Warrior bunch are a hardy lot – I’ve committed to getting up at 3am to watch my team play – and despite never having been in the Oracle Arena, I can tell that everyone in there has the same mindset.

Welcome to the Warriors, Kevin...

Welcome to the Warriors, Kevin…

Now, of course, I don’t need to worry about my team making the playoffs, or getting over .500. Up until the Dubs met you in the Conference Finals last season, I didn’t think I needed to worry about the Warriors making the Finals.

Your performance proved me wrong. Now I’m hoping to see you put those performances together for my team – helping push us forward to the promised land once again.

Whilst some will claim that you’ll be a Steph Curry sidekick, I’d implore you to ignore them. You’ve seen first hand how we play – we put no man above the team, we move the ball and work together, we don’t rely on isolation basketball. That makes you equal to Steph, Klay and Draymond just as it does to Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights and Kevon Looney – you’re part of the family.

Social media is probably best off avoided for now, but nobody will blame you for lashing out against those who openly criticise you. At the end of the day, it’s criticism that’s driven by jealousy – they want you on their team, and they aren’t happy about it.

What many fans don’t understand is that you’re a human being. In a job. Trying to be the best you can be.

“You’re going to get boos, criticism and hate from 29 arenas around the league, thousands, maybe millions of fans…”

If any of those fans who are burning jerseys or sending expletive ridden tweets were offered a job in a better company for more money, do you think they’d turn it down? I know I wouldn’t, and I wouldn’t expect to be lambasted for it either.

Get ready for success...

Get ready for success…

Trust me, if you ignore the haters for these first days and weeks, they’ll soon move on – until you play in their arena for 48 minutes of course. When you travel to the Chesapeake Energy Arena, you should fully expect a chorus of boos, but look past it and you’ll see fear, fear of you coming up in the clutch and hitting a game winning three off a Steph Curry assist.

Fear of you being better for us, than you were for them…

What’s more, unlike your time with Oklahoma, we can promise you a better shot at a ring, something you’ve clearly desired for year after year. You could be a huge part of a team which might just go one better than the 73-9 record we set last year – and after that, who knows?

I just hope you’re ready, because this season is going to be something special.

Many thanks,

Luke Hatfield – BouncyOrangeBall Editor, and Golden State Warrior Fan (Since the Andris Biedrins days…)

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Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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