It’s hard to imagine the Warriors starting this seven-game road trip any better than they have. With victories over the Pistons, Nets and Wizards, the team has won the first three games of a roadie since February of 2003. When it’s all said and done, the Warriors will go 15 days between games at Oracle Arena, but this trip has afforded several players and coaches the opportunity to go home.
Friday’s contest in Brooklyn, the first-ever for the Warriors franchise, marked the homecoming for Head Coach Mark Jackson. One of top point guards in the illustrious history of New York City basketball, Jackson won a state title in 1983 at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. Less than a mile away nearly 20 years later, Jackson’s team won again with his mother and high school coach in attendance. Warriors reporter Laurence Scott is embedded with the team on the trip and he provides the story below:
Friday’s game also brought New York native Charles Jenkins home, and teammate Draymond Green enjoyed being back in Michigan for the Warriors’ game against the Pistons. Jarrett Jack was close to home during Saturday’s contest against the Wizards, and now the team’s in Charlotte for today’s matchup with the Bobcats. This is a homecoming of sorts for several players, many of whom attended Sunday’s Panthers-Falcons game together. Of course, Charlotte is the home town to Stephen Curry (story coming soon), and North Carolina is also home to Kent Bazemore and, for two years in college, Harrison Barnes.
While success of this season-long seven-game trip will ultimately be determined by what happens on the court, it will no doubt be a fulfilling one for those who got a little bit of home cooking on the road.