A serious excitement percolated throughout the Golden State Warriors' team plane after their Nov. 26 win over the Orlando Magic, with most players abuzz about their latest win and star Stephen Curry excited to spend Thanksgiving in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C.
This feeling manifested itself into what would become a postgame tradition. Team DJ Draymond Green pressed play on O.T. Genasis' "CoCo" and turned up the volume — pandemonium ensued.
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"Energy on the plane was pretty crazy, and Draymond pulled out his speakers and next thing you know everybody was dancing to the song," Curry told Sporting News. "And then we were like, ‘Wait, wait, let’s film it.’ We get hype like that on the plane, but obviously turning it into the little video thing is kind of new but it’s pretty fun — to see everybody, whether they know the song or not, kind of get into it.”
From there, the Warriors were in love with the coco.
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Moments like this one have helped turn the Warriors into the hottest team in basketball. The Warriors were 12-2 when the postgame routine started and they haven't lost a game since. Golden State now sits at 18-2 and holds the best record in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Similar to their off-court high jinks, the Warriors share the fun during competition. While Curry is the standout star, other players have taken on the role of closer at different moments, including Green, Klay Thompson and Marreese Speights.
“It is kind of similar to how we play," Curry said of the Warriors' off-court approach. "There’s a lot of ball movement. Everybody has to be on the same page. And obviously we’re winning and gotten off to a great start. But it’s really about using all the talent we have on the floor. We have such a deep team that everybody feels like they’re part of what’s going on, from one through 14 on the team. That’s rare in the league, and I think we’re trying take advantage of that.”
In fact, during the night the Warriors spent in Charlotte, it was Speights who carried the team as Curry struggled. Speights finished with 27 points in the game, including 16 in the fourth quarter. After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked that he didn't play Speights early in the season, "because I'm an idiot."
For his efforts, Speights earned a visit from the media. When Speights sat down to talk, his teammates yelled from each corner of the room, throwing around his "Mo Gotti" nickname and walking over to take photos as he sat inside the media horde. It was just another fun moment from the best team in the league.
The Warriors have realized how much good times with teammates can factor into on-cour