Dunleavy Stirs Fans with his Eruption
Mike Dunleavy's spectacular blowup Wednesday night was not something he'll ever want to show anybody's kids.
But it was something he needed to show the Warriors and their fans.
They now know, at long last, Dunleavy has a pulse.
You couldn't walk three feet in the team's headquarters Thursday without hearing shrieks of delight over Dunleavy's shocking third-quarter demonstration. From vice presidents Chris Mullin and Al Attles, to assistant coach Mario Elie, to Dunleavy's teammates, hearts rewarmed with the memory.
Seeing Dunleavy tear into referee Bill Spooner fired up the 16,183 witnesses to the Warriors' loss 109-97 to Dallas. Watching the third-year forward growl at the ref until he was whistled for a second technical foul and ejected put a jolt of electricity into The Arena.
But when Dunleavy stalked off the court, ripping off his jersey and tossing it into the crowd, the place fairly erupted in a rousing standing ovation.
"I loved it," Elie said.
"I smiled," Mullin said. "I got a kick out of it."
There is good reason for the widespread approval. Dunleavy's outrage was an indication he possesses what some call the stones of manhood.