By Frank Gomez
So this past Tuesday, I got the opportunity to attend the Warriorsworld TV Kickback Session and needless to say it was amazing. As fans, we don’t usually get the opportunity to talk to an assortment of some of the Bay Area’s preeminent writer’s, Marcus Thompson II, Marc J. Spears, Matt Steinmetz, & Ethan Sherwood Strauss, who cover the Warriors and just talk hoop and the writing process. So when I found out that I won the contest with my submission of why I would love to attend this kickback, I couldn’t have been more excited.
My brain went into immediate “Shock & Awe” mode because as my brain synapses started to fire off about the current basketball landscape, I realized “Ohhh crap, I’m going to get to sit and get to talk with these guys.” So I immediately started forming questions that I wanted to ask about the writing process and how they seamlessly toe the line of journalist and writer. Now I’m juxtaposing these two things because I’ve always felt that people can be great journalists but not necessarily good writer’s or awesome writer’s but shaky journalists. The talent that was assembled at the kickback session were examples of how those skills meshed together perfectly.
All the people that won the opportunity to come hang out at the kickback session,( @sanjomiklo, @_chrs, & @Torsky_T), I’m sure had some of the same feelings & ideas coursing through them about the opportunity to hang with the writers that we read everyday. We would finally be able to ask the Warriors questions that all of us have when we are in the car & yelling at the top of our lungs at the sound waves coming from the radio in the hopes that the show host will hear us while their interview is going on and ask our particular question about a particular play that happened right at the end of the 1st quarter… Well, you catch my drift.
The first two writer’s we got to speak too where Marc Spears and Marcus Thompson II and we started talking about their process and how they go about developing stories and how they pick out story-lines to focus on and how they maintain journalistic integrity in an increasingly “First” environment. Marc talked about his finals experience, since he had just gotten back to the bay from covering the finals for yahoo, and how he navigated the dearth of media that was there so he could write his articles & give them his unique flavor. We then got into some Mark Jackson talk which lead right into the heated Curry vs Monta debate. Where I felt like both Marc and Marcus held the same point that “IF” you were going to trade Monta, you better get value back. Because for as much as Monta is maligned for being only a “scorer”, he is still a guy that can carry a team and get points when you need him too & may not be as easily replaceable as some may think.
Than Ethan strolled in and we started to talk about “Who” would be the best possible fit “If” Monta were traded. Andre Iguodala was bantied about and it seemed like we came to the conclusion that ultimately there were still a lot of holes with the roster and with the addition of Mark Jackson and the looming lockout, who knows what would happen during the possibly prolonged off season. We then transitioned to a lot of Draft talk and who the Warriors should be taking with the 11th pick in the upcoming draft. Some people liked Marcus Morris out of Kansas, others liked Chris Singleton out of Florida St., and Ethan’s affection for Bismack Biyombo was beyond reproach. One thing that we all did agree on was the fact that Bismack Biyombo would be by far the greatest sounding name on the board & could merit a pick on naming rights alone.
Matt Steinmetz was the final writer to come through, after being called in to CSN Bay Area before the event, and held court to finish off the night. We were regaled with Warriors stories and Matt and Ethan took to battling it out over Curry versus Monta, old school versus new school, stats versus eyeballs…Let’s just say you had to be there.
Overall, I can’t express enough how awesome the night and the event were, which was held at the Beautiful Lake Chalet . The memories and hoop talk that took place on Tuesday are seared into my brain like a good old fashioned cow brand. Only a site like Warriorsworld.net could have pulled off an event like this and the rest of the blog world needs to take notice and take notes.
Finally, a special thanks to Rasheed and Lucena Herrera for providing fans like me, an opportunity like this, in order to meet and talk with great writers.