The Golden State Warriors look unstoppable right now, but less than a month ago the NBA title favorites were struggling. On March 11, the Warriors lost their third game in a row—the first time they’d dropped three straight regular season games in nearly two years.
Now? Golden State is on an 11-game winning streak.
What changed? You might credit coaching tweaks or a renewed focus from the team’s stars. Or you might credit something weirder. Much weirder.
The bottom line is simple: Golden State hasn’t lost since one of its best players fulfilled an autograph request that was most odd indeed.
First look at the screenshot below. This was the Warriors then.
Now look at the next screenshot. This is the Warriors now.
Now here’s where it gets trippyyyy, maaaaan.
Golden State’s fortunes changed right when high-scoring shooting guard Klay Thompson signed a fan’s toaster. (Yes, a toaster.)
The encounter between Thompson and a fan blew up on Reddit back in March. The Warriors haven’t looked back since.
Here’s Thompson and the toaster having a moment before he signed it.
The encounter was reported via Reddit user “RDollaz,” who caught Thompson at an autograph session.
Like we mentioned, the Warriors have now won 11 straight games and counting.
So, could there really be something to this? Might signing toasters in the name of appeasing the basketball gods become a new NBA thing? It’s already becoming a trend.
This weekend, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan held an autograph signing of his own. One fan, who we can only assume was inspired by Thompson and “RDollaz,” brought a toaster.
DeRozan signed it.
That was Saturday. On Sunday, the Raptors won their next game.
*Cue X Files music as we fade to black*