Golden State Warriors: Steve Kerr to honor Al Attles in cool way

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27: Al Attles and Stephen Curry
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27: Al Attles and Stephen Curry /

The Golden State Warriors will be celebrating the great Al Attles with a bobblehead and Steve Kerr will be honoring him with a suit.

The Golden State Warriors have six numbers hanging in the rafters. One of them is the great Al Attles, who wore no. 16 for the Dubs. The franchise will be honoring the legendary figure.

As fans file into Oracle Arena to watch Stephen Curry and the Warriors take on John Wall and the Washington Wizards, they will be receiving amazing Attles bobbleheads. The team will also be wearing their classic jerseys for the second time this year, though Attles was not a part of the team when that happened. He left the year before.

Attles was a 6’0 point guard who played his career with just one franchise. He started his career as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960 and made the trek across the country to the Bay Area. He played with the San Francisco Warriors until the 1970-71 season.

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As a player, he didn’t put up big numbers, but he was one of the best to suit up for the franchise. He was the second-leading scorer on the night that Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points. His biggest and most important contribution came when he was hired as a player-coach, becoming a pioneer for black coaches in the NBA.

Attles coached two All-Star Games. He also led the 1975 Warriors to a championship. He won and he won in style. Attles was an extremely sharp dresser who understood the fashion of the time.

Unfortunately, the 80-year-old Attles will not be in attendance when the team honors him. He was hospitalized for unknown reasons. That gives the team, even more, reason to try to honor him properly.

Steve Kerr will be wearing an Attles-style suit on the sideline. Here’s what he has to live up to:

Here’s a preview of what Kerr will be wearing (via ABC 7’s Casey Pratt):

Kerr and his tailor have their work cut out for them. Attles didn’t wear suits; he rocked them. That’s what Kerr needs to do. It isn’t just about wearing the clothes–it’s about owning them.

Attles is an important figure in both Warriors and NBA history. It’s awesome to see the team honor him, especially Kerr’s tribute. The best way they can celebrate Attles is by winning a title in June while carving a path out for other people.