Jan 31, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence tosses t-shirts into the crowd during a timeout between the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Suns 106-87. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Giants-Warriors love gets kicked up a notch
In case you’ve been living under a rock for this past week, let me be the first to inform you that the Golden State Warriors (yes, the perennial cellar-dwellers of NBA past) have won the 2015 NBA Championship.
The time’s are indeed a-changin’ with Bay Area sports, and there’s naturally been lots of championship love going both ways. My favorite article to come out of the cross-Bay bromance was definitely this one from Grant Brisbee, where he named the Giants equivalent of every Warriors player.
As always, great work from Mr. Brisbee that left me wondering: Why didn’t I think of that idea first? With that said, I thought having a pool of Giants throughout recent history made his list a little funky. Looking purely at today’s 40-man roster, here are my picks:
Stephen Curry = Buster Posey (same) – This one’s easy. Put it in the books.
Klay Thompson = Madison Bumgarner (different) – Soft-spoken, highly-skilled players. Klay loves his dog, Bum loves his horse(s).
Andre Iguodala = Javier Lopez (different) – Well-spoken, crafty vets that are known to come up clutch. Big edge to Iggy, of course, for his Finals MVP.
Harrison Barnes = Hunter Pence (different) – Versatile players that both vibe with the Bay Area’s hipster-chic culture. So. much. flannel.
Draymond Green = Brandon Crawford (different) – I liked Brisbee’s MadBum pick too given their competitiveness, but defensive prowess makes Crawford my guy here.
Andrew Bogut = Matt Cain (different) – No one on the Giants is nearly this giant-like and Australian, but Cain is a sizable dude who’s also sneaky funny.
Shaun Livingston = Ryan Vogelsong (same) – Veterans with unprecedented career comebacks? Yeah, I like that.
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David Lee = Tim Lincecum (different) – Former franchise players that find themselves at the end of their respective rotations. Cheers to better days, gentlemen.
Leandro Barbosa = Nori Aoki (different) – Foreign-born role players that haven’t let their age slow them down.
Festus Ezeli = Hunter Strickland (different) – Young, physically imposing talents that will be studs once they tap into their full potential.
Marreese Speights = Sergio Romo (different) Unique personalities with signature specialties: the no-dot slider (Serg) and the mid-range J (Mo Buckets).
Justin Holiday = Chris Heston (different) – Out-of-nowhere rookie success, though Hesto’s no-no obviously puts him several cuts above.
Brandon Rush = post-playing days Marco Scutaro (same) – Notice how I said 40-man roster instead of 25-man. Gotta love loopholes, even if they’re only good for another couple months (Scutaro was placed on the 60-day DL after his tribute signing). Sorry, B-Rush.