Last Thursday night, both Warriors fans and players gathered around the TV’s anxiously to see the All-Star starter announcement. For the first time in years, the Warriors had a true superstar on their team in Stephen Curry, and although the Warriors’ drought of having an All-Star came to an end last year with David Lee’s selection, this time it was different.
To have a starter selected by fans around the world would signal that the Warriors were back on the national stage, and the Warriors were not disappointed.
Shortly after 4:00, Curry’s name appeared on the screen. Curry later said that he received 40 to 50 texts and phone calls from friends and family congratulating him, and the cheers could be heard from Warrior fans all over the West Coast. Surprisingly, not only did Curry receive the starting point guard spot, but he was also one of only four players to receive over one million votes. He was finally getting recognized for his outstanding play after being snubbed from the game last year, and no one could complain that he didn’t deserve it.
Curry being voted as an All-Star starter is just one of many positive signs for this Warriors franchise. Less than two years ago, Bill Simmons wrote an article on Grantland titled “How to Annoy a Fan Base in 60 Easy Steps” which documented how tortured the Warriors had been over the last couple decades. From poor personnel decisions to horrible management, the Warriors franchise had been through some rough times. Last years regular season and playoff success promised a better future, but Curry’s all-star selection last week shows that the rest of the world is taking notice as well.
You don’t want to make too big of a deal over being selected for an exhibition game, but Warriors fans can’t help but be excited. Their star is getting respect from everyone around the league, which is something that hasn’t happened in quite some time. For years and years, fans pleaded to get Monta Ellis, Baron Davis, and various other Warriors into the game as a reserve, but there will be no need for pleading this year.
As Mark Jackson said in the playoffs last year about people claiming Curry had emerged as a superstar, “Those guys are just coming to the hospital. The baby has been born already.”
It’s now safe to say that everyone has noticed.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) January 27, 2014