Golden State Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald has been with the organization for 24 years and counting; he's been with the Warriors through the highs and lows. Fitzgerald narrated the franchise's most glorious milestones and, believe it or not, is the culprit for one of the cringiest moments in Warriors history.
That one that embarrassed KD
During the Warriors' 2018 parade, which took place after the team swept LeBron James' Clevland Cavaliers, Fitzgerald hosted the player interviews. The play-by-play announcer happened to stop by Kevin Durant and carelessly joked that he was expecting the two-time champion to leave the franchise. Fitzgerald said: "I'm gonna stand in front of KD ... Before his Warriors exit, I want to enjoy as much time with him as possible.
As seen in the clip above, Fitzgerald's joke did not hit well. The audience barely laughed, and you can tell Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson cringe a little inside. Durant, who is notoriously known for his sensitivity, probably felt uncomfortable hearing that especially considering the turn of events that transpired right after.
Bob Myers adds insult to injury.
The worst about Fitzgerald's joke is that it wasn't the worst one of that day. Warriors general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr also joined the KD roast fest by getting their jokes in. Myers, who promised Durant any contract extension he wanted after winning his second title in Golden State, joked that the corresponding promise was just made for media or PR purposes. Yes, Myers actually said this in front of thousands of people at the parade.
To say that what Fitzgerald and Myers did was awkward is an understatement. At least Durant still ran it back with the team the following season, but it wouldn't be a surprise if what Fitzgerald and Myers said stuck in his head. After all, Durant left the Warriors to build his team and be the center of his franchise. The jokes can be considered funny and all, but sometimes, it triggers a player more than intended.
Looking back, at least this is something Warriors fans, and maybe even Fitzgerald, can laugh at now that they've once again proven they can win without Durant. Would it have been nice if KD stayed in GSW? Warriors fans will probably say yes, but they can also attest that they don't need KD to win championships.