After winning the Championship last June, David West sent a cryptic message the NBA:
“We’re so tight, people don’t even know what we went through,” West said then. “They trying to find out. …Y’all got no clue. No clue. That tells you about this team that nothing came out.”
We assumed it was the typical stuff -- you know, locker-room turmoil, infighting, etc. Apparently, West was right about one thing; we really had no clue.
In a report by The Athletic's Sam Amick, the Dubs went through quite the scare last spring.
“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.”
Meningitis is no joke. It's a viral infection that causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. It can be very contagious, and very deadly. Had anyone else outside the original victim caught it, there's no telling what might've happened to them.
For the Warriors to be dealing with that in the midst of a playoff run? It's not something any team is prepared to deal with.
Somehow, the Dubs managed to get through it and still win the title in dominating fashion. That deserves a whole lot of credit.