With hair straight out of a Jackson 5 concert, a sceptre straight out of a knighting at Buckingham Palace, a pantsuit borrowed from Hillary Clinton and sunglasses taken from The Terminator display at Planet Hollywood, Prince regally set foot inside Oracle Arena on Thursday night, rendering all things under his watchful eye, including the record-breaking 54-5 Golden State Warriors, mere peasants in the world habitated by Prince and Prince only.
It may have been the first time in the past 16 months that Steph Curry has been in a room and not been the coolest guy in it, for Prince Rogers Nelson makes even the greatest men smaller in his presence. How cool is Prince? There are three people total who can pull off the indoor-sunglasses look: Stevie Wonder, Jack Nicholson and Prince. That’s it. That’s the list.
When this post was initially published, the Warriors were down nine to Oklahoma City and in danger of losing their 43-game home winning streak and dropping to 55-5 on the season. But, through the power of Curry, Thompson, Green, Kerr and the man who sung Little Red Corvette, the Warriors kept all those streaks alive, tying the Jordan-era Bulls with that 44th-straight home win. They can break that unbelievable mark on Monday.
Not that the team needs it, but if any Warriors player is gassed down the stretch or happens to get an injury, surely Steve Kerr can get on the phone to see if Golden State could sign Prince to a 10-day contract, contingent on him passing a physical and making pancakes the next morning.