Basically, everything about the Golden State Warriors is fun. Their fast-paced style of play is fun, all of their coaches and players are fun to various extents, the folks at the team’s practice facility likes to keep things light, and as we learned thanks to this video, even their open practices seem like a blast.
Golden State holds one of these every year, and the 2016 version of the open practice came on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. The highlight of the entire event came when the team held a “Rookie Orientation,” which doubled as a karaoke/dance contest for the newcomers to the team…well, newcomers other than Kevin Durant, who despite the crowd’s best attempts would not get up and perform for everyone.
Two rookies sang at the event, which was MC’d by Steph Curry. First-round draft pick Damian Jones hit everyone with Mark Morrison’s classic “Return of the Mack,” while second-round pick Patrick McCaw performed “Candy Rain” by Soul For Real. The crowd was also treated to a rendition of Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky” by Assistant Athletic Trainer Roger Sancho, who did a bit of the chorus and like 80 percent of Lupe Fiasco’s verse because he kept forgetting the words.
The main event was not a song. Rather it was Video Coordinator James Laughlin dancing to “Juju On That Beat” alongside a few players, including Draymond Green, who loved this event more than anyone.
It was spectacular, although hearing KD sing would have been even better. He seems like the kind of dude who likes “Mr. Brightside” when he does karaoke. We have no way of knowing for sure, though, which is unfortunate. Unless, of course, Durant decides to go to karaoke and post the video on the internet, then he’d put this issue to rest once and for all.