Cam Keefe was in Houston when he posted a pic of his soggy blue and yellow Air Jordans — a by-product of being caught in the hurricane force storm that hit the city after the Warriors’ game four loss. The image was the latest addition to his Instagram collage of throwback sportswear, fly kicks, and snowboarding pics. It’s a toss-up on what’s cooler: his up-close and personal video of Steph hitting a baseline 3-pointer during the game, or his video of himself hitting a hook shot on the court during one of those game break contest. One thing is for sure, if the Warriors bring home a championship, both of those videos will take a backseat to whatever he documents at that moment. Oh, and he will be there for that moment. No matter if it’s a home game or an away game.
Right after the Cavaliers advanced to the championship by sweeping Atlanta, he said he bought tickets for both he and his father for a trip to Cleveland; that was before the Warriors won game 5.
“I’ve been all in this year. I’ve spent a lot of money trying to make this a memorable run,” said Keefe during a phone interview. Keefe, an East Bay native who works for a tech company in the South Bay, has been to every playoff game, except for the Memphis series; he had to stay home for Mother’s Day. He says, “I’ve been spending a lot, but because it’s such a special run, and because it means so much to me as a person– in the long run, it’s worth it to have these memories.”
Keefe’s earliest Warriors memories are of Hardaway and Mullin being replaced by Sprewell and C-Webb. “I know one of the first jerseys my dad ever bought me was a Chris Webber one, little Champion Youth size,” says Keefe. “I rocked the shit out of that for a while.”
Keefe owes a lot of memories to his father, James, who has been a season ticket holder since the ’98-’99 season. The season before that, the Warriors only won 19 games. For the past fifteen years, Keefe has been to every regular season game except two or three each year. That’s a decade and a half of Warriors basketball. That means he’s seen Bobby Sura, Donyell Marshall, Gilbert Arenas, Andris Biedriņš and the lovable Adonal Foyle. “Bimbo Coles, oh yeah, that’s one of the first people who really brought on that era of garbage Warriors,” says Keefe.
Keefe says that there is no specific moment when the Warriors broke his heart, instead the heartbreak was a consistent letdown over time. “There was a good stretch of five or six years, where it felt like they were trying to do something, but they would then blow it up a year later by trading someone,” says Keefe, citing Jason Richardson, Gilbert Arenas and Troy Murphy as examples.
But this year has been different. After the past two seasons showed drastic improvements for the Bay’s team, this year was promising out the gate. With no major injuries (knock on wood) and the implementation of Steve Kerr’s strategy, Keefe hasn’t seen his team have a true losing streak all year.
“There hasn’t been one moment where I thought this wasn’t really going to work,” says Keefe. “I mean, you never expect them to make it this far and go to the Finals or whatever, but nothing was there to set them back.”
Keefe believes the metrics are evidence that the Warriors are a superior team to the Cavs, and they will take this series in 6 games. He has a point, the Warriors are a rare combination of the best offensive and the best defensive team all in one package. He’s literally seen them go from the worst to the best.
“Being able to watch them transform over years, has really made me appreciate it more, because not only do I get to watch the franchise transform, but I get to spend that extra time with my dad and have that be bigger basketball, ya know?”