Report: David West’s cryptic comments were about Warriors’ meningitis scare

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After the Warriors won last season’s championship, Golden State forward David West (since retired) said, the public had “no clue” about the shocking things the team dealt with internally.

Warriors coaches tried to downplay West’s remarks, but speculation was rampant. Draymond Green‘s and Kevin Durant‘s recent argument only intensified speculation about internal dysfunction.


Sam Amick of The Athletic:

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Warriors dealt with a team-wide meningitis scare in mid-March that was the root of West’s infamous comments. An outside vendor who handled the team’s food on a daily basis contracted a contagious form of the disease, then survived a life-threatening challenge before eventually returning to work with the team.

The Warriors took numerous precautions. Seemingly, nobody from the organization contracted the disease. In hindsight, this seems somewhat minor.

But it was probably still scary amid the uncertainty – and potentially league-changing. What if the NBA’s best team suddenly had numerous players knocked out with meningitis? That would have been colossal.

Still, this doesn’t put the matter to rest entirely.


Now, does this mean the meningitis scare was the end-all-be-all of West’s mysterious comments? Even he made it clear that wasn’t the case. But sources say this isn’t the first time West explained his post-Finals perspective by highlighting the medical situation as the main inspiration, as he did the same in conversations with Warriors officials after last season as well.

So, what else was West referring to?