Pop quiz: Where did I go to college?
If you immediately said Colgate, you might stand a good chance with this Warriors quiz I created.
The NBA regular season is (finally) upon us, and Golden State fans have a lot to be thankful for. An NBA title in 2014–15, a 73-win season last year and back-to-back MVP campaigns from Stephen Curry. Oh, and we also picked up a guy named Kevin Durant in the off-season.
But the team’s history runs deep. It was founded 70 years ago in Philadelphia as a charter member of the Basketball Association of America. From Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, to Rick Barry’s signature underhand free throws, to Nate Thurmond’s NBA-first quadruple double in 1974, the Warriors’ faithful have a rich hoops foundation on which to build.
My teammates and I still talk about those Run-TMC teams, Jason Richardson’s back-to-back slam dunk performances and the We Believe run. (And, of course, let’s not forget my reaction to Baron Davis’s dunk on Andrei Kirilenko).
In the spirit of what should be an exciting 2016–17 season , here’s a quiz to determine how well fans really know their favorite team. Older Golden State fans should score pretty well, while younger fans may learn a bit about the Warriors of the past. Answers at the bottom. (No cheating!)
1) Let’s start out easy. Which bridge is featured in Golden State’s “city” logo?
2) Six Warriors have had their uniform numbers retired. Can you name them?
3) Don Nelson is the NBA leader in regular-season coaching wins. How many of his victories came as Golden State’s coach?
4) Why did the San Francisco Warriors rename themselves the Golden State Warriors in 1971–72?
5) When was the last time the Warriors hosted the NBA All-Star Game? (Bonus: Who won the slam dunk contest that year?)
6) Before it was me, who was the franchise’s all-time leader in blocked shots?
7) Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers have played in the last two NBA Finals. Who is the only player to have his number retired by both the Warriors and the Cavs?
8) Which fast food franchise named a burger after Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway?
9) Name the Golden State player who had back-to-back 51-point games in 2000–01.
10) Name the four Warriors in the photo below.
11) Which We Believe team member is currently Golden State’s all-time leader in field goal percentage?
12) Don Nelson was an All-America when he was in college. Where did he go to school?
13) Everyone knows that Run-TMC was Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. In 1990–91, when the trio got its name, what other two players were most likely to round out the team’s starting five?
14) During the 1970–71 season, the Warriors had a player-coach. Who was it?
15) Steph Curry is the franchise’s all-time leader in three-pointers made with 1,593. Klay Thompson is second all-time with 1,060. Who is third?
16) Jason Richardson spent six seasons with Golden State. For whom was he traded in 2007?
17) Two current NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches are former Warriors. Can you name them?
18) When is this season’s Kevin Durant–bobblehead night?
19) If you’re taking BART to the game, what’s the nearest stop to Oracle Arena?
20) How did the We Believe campaign start?
21) What number did Latrell Sprewell wear when he played for Golden State?
22) Three former Warriors, including Baron Davis, were named the Gatorade National Player of the Year when they were in high school. Who are the other two?
23) Outside of the visitor’s locker room at Oracle Arena, there’s a hole in the wall that was made by an opposing player after a 2007 playoff game? Who was the player, and how did he make the hole?
24) Name the Warrior who wore number 24?
1) The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge
2) Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Meschery, Al Attles, Chris Mullin, Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond
3) Nelly won 422 games in two stints as Golden State’s coach – from 1988 to ’95, and from 2006 to ’10. In his career, he won 1,335 games.
4) In the 1971–72 season, the Warriors played most of their home games in Oakland, but they also played six games in San Diego. The team was renamed Golden State in an effort to represent the entire state of California.
5) The Warriors hosted the 2000 All-Star Game in Oakland. Vince Carter won the slam dunk contest.
6) Joe Barry Carroll is second all-time in blocks with 836. Erick Dampier is is third with 728.
7) Nate Thurmond, originally from Akron, Ohio, had his uniform number retired by both the Warriors and Cavaliers.
8) McDonald’s branded the sandwich as the “Chris and Tim Burger” (or “Tim and Chris Burger” — depending on who you ask.) Toppings included an all-beef patty, barbecue sauce, melted cheese and crispy bacon.
9) Antawn Jamison scored 51 points against the SuperSonics in Seattle on Dec. 3, 2000. He followed that performance up three days later with 51-point night against the Lakers at The Arena in Oakland.
10) Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Morrow, Anthony Randolph and C.J. Watson
11) Andris Biedriņš shot .595 from two-point range in six seasons.
13) Alton Lister and Tom Tolbert
14) Al Attles coached and played that year. He won an NBA championship as the coach in 1974–75.
15) Jason Richardson (700)
16) Brandan Wright
17) One is St. John’s coach Chris Mullin. The other is Steve Alford, the coach at UCLA. (The Mavericks took Alford with the 26th pick in the 1987 NBA draft. He played part of the ’88–89 season in Golden State.)
18) The Kevin Durant Limited Edition Bobblehead Night will be on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Dolls will got to the first 10,000 fans to enter the arena.
19) Coliseum Station
20) During the 2006–07 season, Paul Wong, a 34-year-old Warriors fan from Alameda, spent about $7,000 out of his own pocket to create the first We Believe paraphernalia. It took off from there.
22) Chris Webber and Al Harrington
23) In 2006–07 Dallas entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the West, having won 67 regular-season games. The Mavs met the Warriors, the West’s No. 8 seed, in the first round — and ran smack into the We Believe train. After the sixth and deciding game (a 111–86 Golden State victory) of the historic series upset, a frustrated Dirk Nowitzki hurled a trash can at the wall on his way to the locker room. Today, Nowitzki’s autograph adorns a plexiglass panel over the hole, which has never been repaired.
24) Rick Barry