Dissecting the Streak
The Warriors’ success in Las Vegas at the NBA Summer League is the stuff of legend. A league in which the value of results trumps everything, the reigning NBA Summer League champs have gone undefeated in each of the last two summers and have more Summer League victories than any other team in NBA history. After going 7-0 last year to capture the inaugural Summer League title, the Warriors enter this year’s summer slate riding a 14-game winning streak in Las Vegas. To give you an idea exactly how long this all-impressive streak has endured, we’ve collected an assortment of true-to-life facts to help paint the picture.
When the Warriors last lost a game in the NBA Summer League (on July 11, 2010) …
- We were celebrating the end of the vuvuzela era in the World Cup, as Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 that day in Johannesburg to capture the 2010 crown.
- Yoenis Céspedes, nearly two years from making his Major League Baseball debut with the Oakland A’s, was getting ready to represent his native Cuba in the 2010 World University Baseball Championship.
- Buster Posey had just taken over as the regular starting catcher for the San Francisco Giants, who that fall would win their first of two World Series in a span of three seasons.
- Instagram was still three months away from its initial launch. Can you imagine a world without short-form video?
- We were still two months away from seeing the infamous “meat dress” worn by Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards.
- Katy Perry’s "California Gurls" was the Billboard No. 1 single in the United States. Awww, the good ‘ol days.
- Kids across America were obsessed with the ever-popular Minions from the first Despicable Me, the No. 1 movie at the time.
- Television viewers across the country were still trying to get over the fact that the popular series Lost had come to an end after six seasons and 121 addicting episodes.
- The auto-tune version of the “Double Rainbow” video had just dropped on YouTube. Thank you Internet.
- The Gregory Brothers were about to follow up their “Double Rainbow” auto-tune with another classic. Hide your kids, hide your wife!
- Prince William and the lovely Kate Middleton were a mere few months away from becoming engaged. Do you remember where you were when you found out? We don’t either. Let’s move on to some Warriors tidbits.
- The Warriors had just acquired 2010 All-Star forward David Lee from the New York Knicks.
- Harrison Barnes, the No.1 high school recruit by several publications, had just recently graduated from Ames High School in Iowa.
- Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala were teammates for the USA Basketball squad that had its training camp in Las Vegas that July before winning gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
- Andrew Bogut had just become the first Australian player in NBA history to earn All-NBA honors. He was a third-team selection after averaging a career-high 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in the 2009-10 season.
- Festus Ezeli was just a few months away from the start of his breakout season during his junior year at Vanderbilit. A few more sports-related facts from this timeframe …
- Brett Favre was getting ready to play his final NFL season.
- LeBron James had just announced to the world that he will be taking his talents to South Beach on an ESPN special entitled The Decision.
And for the record, the last time the Warriors lost a game in the NBA Summer League, the Dubs fell to the Wizards 84-79 on July 11, 2010. That game coincided with the pro debut of that year’s No.1 draft pick John Wall, and it also continued the Summer League dominance of former Warriors guard Reggie Williams, who had 34 points in the defeat and averaged 22.6 points that summer, ranking second in Las Vegas that year.
After that day, the Warriors started on their mission of becoming Summer League legends, and the epic tale continues next week.