Of course, it's easy to get behind a team when they're putting together magic shows against a love-to-hate franchise. What's hard is sticking with a team when they're stinking it up, and even most Bay Area residents can't say they've always been faithful to their wandering Warriors. At a timeout during every home game, the Warriors hype crew honors a Season Ticket Holder of the Game. Every honoree gets applause from the crowd, but those who have held season tickets throughout the 12-year playoff drought also get audible gasps. Even current fans at the Oracle are impressed with such fan avidity.
If you want to know what being a Warriors fan through the years has been like, check out this essay from loyal Golden State of Mind commenter Zorgon, a teenager who lives in Oklahoma City. Keep in mind that this was written last summer -- before the season started, before Nellie made his re-debut, before the blockbuster trade, before the playoff run:
Well, it started [with] this totally awesome new game: NBA Live 98!!!! ... We had to decide on a team to use, so we picked the worst one, The Golden State Warriors. To me, it was the greatest team ever...So when you hear the Thunder-ous cheering during tonight's Game 6, think of Zorgon. And pray to the basketball gods that Golden State wraps this series up like a burrito!
Everyone at school laughed at me for cheering for such a terrible team, and that's when I realized why I stuck with them all of these years. It is to cheer for your team, through and through. Whenever the Warriors win the championship, be it 2007, 2015, 2036, or 2079, I can say that I stuck with them through and through, no matter how bad the situation got. And that, to me, is why I've stuck with them, and what being a fan in general is all about.