Draymond shares initial thoughts on phrase 'Strength in Numbers'


Draymond shares initial thoughts on phrase 'Strength in Numbers'

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, the Warriors' bench racked up 45 points.

Consequently, on Friday afternoon, the phrase "Strength in Numbers" was a talking point.

"When Steve Kerr first utterered the phrase, 'Strength in Numbers,' what went through your mind and did you ever expect this thing to blow up with names on every t-shirt in an arena?" ESPN's Mark Schwarz asked Draymond Green.

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"I thought it was corny when he first said it," Draymond answered candidly. " 'Strength in Numbers?' That's corny (laughing). But when he started to speak on it and say what he meant by it, and then at that point we still don't really understand it. But then you really get the plan and you kind of see what he means and all of it comes together.

"And it's like 'Wow. That makes a lot of sense.' But it was one of those things at first where you're like, 'Huh? You want this to be our motto? We don't like that.' But like I said, when you start to see all the stuff work and you start to see what it really means, and you hear what it really means. And obviously last night wasn't the first night ... and you're like, 'Wow. Strength in Numbers. All right. That makes a lot of sense now.'

In Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, Steve Kerr employed 11 players.

All 11 guys scored at least two points.

"It's definitely something that we live by, that we try to always be conscious of, because I think the strength in our team is the numbers, it is the depth, it's the camaraderie, it's all of us as one," Draymond added. "It's not all of us as a bunch of individuals. And so, it makes a lot of sense and it's very fitting for this team."

How Steph Curry, Warriors' brand continues to make huge global impact

How Steph Curry, Warriors' brand continues to make huge global impact

Despite the down season and not being one of the 22 teams invited to the Orlando restart, the Warriors still manage to be a global phenomenon.

In an interview with The Athletic, P.K. Ong, co-founder of the SG Basketball academy which has multiple venues in Singapore, said that’s apparent. It showed quickly with the pace of the way they sell out of a certain superstar’s jersey. 

“Whenever you go into a (sporting goods) store, Steph Curry jerseys are the first thing you see when you walk in," Ong said. "They’re everywhere,."

Ong also told The Athletic, the shift changed in who the kids he coached looked up to off the court as well. They went from being huge Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant fans to wanting to shoot three-pointers like Steph.

Don’t we all want that?

Back in 2018, a group of the campers joined Ong for a trip to the Bay Area. They went on a tour of the Warriors practice facility and ran drills with some of the coaching staff. It was a “dream come true,” for the kids.

The global influence doesn’t stop there. Klay Thompson, AKA #ChinaKlay made a persona for himself when with his popularity surging in the country and his shoe deal with the Chinese brand Anta.

And I mean, check out the turnout when he arrives:

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Steph made a trip to Japan last summer with hopes of growing the game of basketball across the world, and the moment he got off the plane, it was chaos, but in the best way.

He, along with the team, make an impact everywhere they go. 

Warriors' Rick Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Joe Lacob

Warriors' Rick Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Joe Lacob

Warriors team president Rick Welts went to Croatia for vacation in the summer of 2018.

Wearing a Warriors hat in a restaurant resulted in a waiter saying, "Curry, yeah!" Welts recently explained to Daniel Brown of The Athletic.

Soon thereafter, other employees began to believe they were in the presence of Warriors owner Joe Lacob.

“He just started screaming to his co-workers there, ‘Joe Lacob! Joe Lacob! Joe Jacob!' " Welts told Brown. “I was waving, ‘No, no, no!’ but I gave up.

"So, I impersonated Joe Lacob — and got really good service from this really tiny restaurant in Croatia.”

Now that is a savvy play from a seasoned veteran.

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Welts has helped turn the Warriors into a global brand, which is why the franchise elected not to change its name to the San Francisco Warriors when they relocated from Oakland to Chase Center.

"What's happened in the interim is the Warriors, with the success we've had on the floor, have now become the team that everyone knows around the world," Welts told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye in April 2017. "More Steph Curry jerseys are sold around the world than any other player in the NBA. More Warriors merchandise than any other team in the NBA.

"So now, I think we've done a 100 percent reversal, saying, 'You know, we have a lot of equity in this Golden State name and it really means something around the world.' "

And that includes Croatia.

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