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It now seems as the 2x champions had more to battle with last year than on the court. The San Francisco Chronicle states:

According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Golden State dealt with a team-wide meningitis scare in mid-March. The concern stemmed from an outside vendor who prepared the team’s food daily. After contracting a contagious form of the disease, the vendor took some time off to fight it, eventually surviving and returning to work with the team.

Per The Athletic, the scare was at its height between a road game at Minnesota on March 11 and a home game against the Lakers on March 14. The team went to great lengths to ensure that the meningitis didn’t spread to its players and coaching staff.

Most Warriors players and some members of the basketball operations staff got vaccination shots. Golden State even moved a practice to Oracle Arena while its practice facility, located at the top of the Oakland Convention Center, was sanitized.

The practice facility’s team dining room was also shut down briefly for cleaning, forcing players and coaches to eat elsewhere. Doctors addressed the Warriors about the situation and tried to ease any concerns about the meningitis spreading to them.

This all came early in the Warriors’ late-season rut, when they dropped 10 of 17 games and were candid about struggling with complacency. That they were also dealing with injuries to multiple key players only made the health scare more worrisome.

“It was just a serious health scare where, for me, it’s just something like, ‘Wow,’” West, now retired from the NBA, told The Athletic. “That was in my mind at the time (of his post-Finals quotes).

“It was the entire team (who was affected). It was crazy. It was the heart of the season. It was something that, again, it showed the strength of the organization (that they got through it to win the title).”

Though Golden State declined to comment on The Athletic’s story, a team spokesman confirmed its details.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Five

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