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Klay thanks Warriors' long-time scorer Kast before retirement

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Fred Kast has been the Warriors official scorekeeper for 58 years, but after Friday's contest against the Los Angeles Clippers, the long-time staple at the scorer's table will retire.

He will be sorely missed by both the Golden State staff and players, including Klay Thompson. The five-time All-Star can't be at the game since he's rehabbing from a torn Achilles, so he took to Twitter to thank Kast and wish him well.

Kast has recorded nearly every Warriors home game since the 1963-64 season when he first started the position. In a tenure that has spanned from the Cow Palace to Chase Center, Kast has witnessed 23 playoff appearances and four NBA titles.

Now Kast, 81, is set to step away, although the timing of his retirement wasn't planned. Kast told the New York Times a combination of COVID-19 related protocols, and the health of his wife helped him realize it was time. 

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His departure also solicited a response from president and chief operating officer Rick Welts, who tweeted to thank Kast for his commitment and dedication over the decades, saying the scorer was "the best."

The Warriors' score table will be left in good hands with Kyle McRae set to take over. McRae has been a statistician for the team for 30 years. 

 

While an indelible fixture in the organization will be notably absent after the conclusion of Friday's game, Kast will continue to tune into all of the Warriors games. Now, he'll just do it from the comfort of his home. 

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