Report: Warriors navigated 'life-threatening' Meningitis scare last year

New information helps put David West’s infamous comments into context

Karl Buscheck
December 03, 2018 - 11:15 am

Last June, after the Warriors secured their second title in as many summers, David West offered one of the most memorable and cryptic lines.

The since-retired big man told Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated that people would be “shocked” when they learned of all the turmoil surrounding the team. At least a piece of that puzzle came into focus when Sam Amick of The Athletic dropped the following tweet on Monday:

The team reportedly dealt with a team-wide meningitis scare. Here’s the gist of Amick’s scoop.

"An outside vendor who handled the team's food on a daily basis contracted a contagious form of the disease, then survived a life-threatening challenge before eventually returning to work with the team," Amick explained.

Players and club personnel needed vaccination shots as part of the medical response and the practice facility — and dining room — at the Rakuten Performance Center was shut down for cleaning.

Zaza Pachulia, then of the Warriors and now of the Pistons, put the situation into perspective.

"Of course in the beginning, everyone was freaked out," Pachulia said. "But after hearing from professionals, (when) doctors talked to us and the team did all the necessary (things), they responded really well, and right away."

JaVale McGee, who like Pachulia has since departed the club, offered an especially memorable quote.

Well then --

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