Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins should earn fans’ lasting love with playoff performances

For all the talk over the years about how the Golden State Warriors run on joy, let’s not forget something else that fills up this team’s winning tank: Love.

We’ll see a demonstration of that next season. There won’t be a dry eye in the stands or on the Warriors’ sideline at Chase Center when Andrew Wiggins comes to town with his new team and the warriors hold a ceremony to present their departed hero with his NBA championship ring.

Of course, two things will have to happen for that touching yet profoundly sad scene to take place.

First, the Warriors, now up 2-0 in the Western Conference finals, will have to dispose of the Mavericks, then beat either the Heat or the Celtics in the NBA Finals. That’s easy to visualize after the Warriors’ 126-117 win Friday night at Chase.

Second, the Warriors will have to let Wiggins slip away this coming offseason, unable or unwilling to take a gargantuan cap hit by signing him. Sadly for the warriors and their fans, Wiggins walking away is the most likely scenario.

But enough from Debbie Downer here. Warriors coach Steve Kerr preaches mindfulness, living in the moment, and in this moment, Wiggins is 100 percent a warrior, and the stone-faced embodiment of warriors love.

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