But I know this: the warriors brought me home in June 2019, at a time when I would otherwise never have been there. We saw Holzhauer lose that night and I think Dad was disappointed when the show came to an end. In the days that followed, the warriors would lose Durant to a torn Achilles, Thompson to a broken ACL, and the title to the Raptors.
The next week, Dad had a bad fall at home and broke two bones in his neck. He spent the next few weeks recovering, rehabilitating, and making plans to go home. We had no reason to believe that he wouldn’t. But the fall started a cascade of other problems, and one day I got a call saying he had been taken to the hospital by the care facility, unconscious. Several organs failed.
When I got back to California, he was actually in a coma. Two nights later he was gone.
At the time, I felt deprived of the chance to say goodbye, or any of the things you imagine you could say when you know the end is coming. I think I still feel that way. But I’m grateful for the last few moments I had on his hospital bed, and for an otherwise ordinary evening in June when warriors still came first, Holzhauer was undefeated and Dad was able to keep up with Alex Trebek from his deck chair.
I don’t know if the warriors can regain the magic that made them great. I don’t know if they’ll ever dominate the NBA again or have the finals spotlight. But I’m grateful they did it for those five years, and while I never made a choice about teams, I calmly hope they will do it again.
Howard Beck reported on the NBA for the New York Times from 2004 to 2013.
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