Beginning with the team’s run to the N.B.A. championship in 2015, six players have been mainstays on the Warriors’ roster: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and James Michael McAdoo. That McAdoo has stuck around is a credit to his work ethic, his team-first attitude and his cheap contract. Curry has made 851 3-pointers over the last three seasons. McAdoo has played 499 minutes. “It’s tough,” the assistant coach Ron Adams said, “because we have so many good players.”
It took a strange turn of events for McAdoo to earn a call-up from Golden State that season. Even now, he seems to have trouble processing it. “For me to be in the N.B.A.,” he said, “a guy had to literally say, ‘I don’t want to play in the N.B.A. anymore.’ ” That guy was Nemanja Nedovic, a backup guard who was disappointed with his limited role. After the Warriors waived him in November 2014, Nedovic signed with a team in Spain. The sequence of events created roster space for McAdoo.
Kerr, asked whether he believes Riley will be able to orchestrate a quick comeback from these troubled times, said: “It’s a really hard thing to do and that’s what makes his accomplishments so special. He’s done it multiple times with different franchises. You have to get lucky and you have to be good. I have no idea if he’s going to do it again … They’ve had some really difficult things that have happened to them in the last year or two.”
On Sunday, Steve Kerr took the opportunity to troll Spicer, as the Warriors coach was talking about his amusing introduction before a game in Orlando. Kerr had been introduced as a “former Orlando Magic star,” an interesting designation, considering that his 15-year NBA career had included just a 47-game stint with the Magic, for whom he averaged 2.6 points in 9.4 minutes per game. “Sean Spicer will be talking about my Magic career any second now,” Kerr told reporters with a smile after Golden State’s 118-98 win. “14,000 points. Greatest player in Magic history.”