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Last Sunday the Golden State Warriors hosted Basketball Decoded x STEAM Fest for the youth at Chase Center. And no it wasn’t an introduction into the sauna business!
Back in my day, it was just STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). I even helped teach STEM courses at UC Berkeley during summers past to middle schoolers and high schoolers. But this newfangled STEAM includes Art, which as an art school kid myself, I appreciate as foundational in exercising creativity.
The family friendly event took place inside Golden State’s arena aiming to help introduce kids to STEAM related fields, build technological skills, and interact with various organizations involved with STEAM and sports. Booths were around Chase Center demonstrating coding, physics, and a virtual reality experience.
Here’s a quick rundown of the groups that were featured during the extravaganza:
Santa Clara University
The Hidden Genius Project
Black Girls Code
Scientific Adventures for Girls
University of California Santa Cruz
Warriors rookie Moses Moody was a panelist and shared his thoughts on the importance of STEAM in basketball:
“It’s the foundation of almost any and everything. We’ve obviously got analytics and scouting reports. You gotta think about the numbers and know the numbers for other teams and the percentages”.
Looking back on his words almost a week later, and in the aftermath of the injury to face of the franchise Stephen Curry, I wondered what the numbers were for Golden State without Curry. Per Stat Muse, the Dubs have a 44-83 record when Curry isn’t on the floor since 2014-2015.
After getting the Big 3 of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green on the floor for the first time in over 1,000 days in a win over Washington, Golden State is forced to shuffle lineups for the billionth time. And with the playoffs approaching in mid-April, this is not an ideal time to be without their 2-time MVP Curry.
BUT…if you’re an optimist (or have watched enough basketball that you have perspective and don’t panic over every microevent), there’s a good chance that if all goes well Curry can hit the playoffs fresh and rejuvenated for the tournament grind.
Of course you’re also welcome to assume this means Curry will never walk again in time for the playoffs and the Dubs will be swept out by the Minnesota Timberwolves. We protect all kinds here at the HQ, wherever you fall on the optimistic/pessimistic scale #muchlove.
But whether or not Curry does come back at all resembling himself for the first game of the playoffs, the time without him means Curry’s teammates get to explore ways that they can affect the game for good without relying on their captain’s brilliance.
Jordan Poole was a beneficiary of Green’s playmaking tutorials rookie year with both Splash Bros out. During Poole’s sophomore season, he and Curry shared ball-handling duties with Green and made it to the play-in games. Now in Curry’s absence, Poole gets to play alongside Green and Thompson to find ways to add his own flavor to the system that galvanized the Big 3 to win championships.
There’s also plenty of room for All-Star starter Andrew Wiggins to get busy, a fact he’s well aware of.
And you could go down the roster and name an opportunity for each person, like hey maybe Moody gets more playing time and suddenly emerges as a playoff-ready killer who hits five triples off the bench in the second round.
That’s what excites me about this brief period of the unknown without Curry; the opportunity for roles to expand and provide learning opportunities for a hungry roster.
This education should serve GSW well, because we all know that when you stop learning…you stop growing. GROW WARRIORS, GROW!