Golden State Warriors’ Go-to Guy Doesn’t Play a Minute |

Great insight into what goes on in that area where Operations folks are happy to operate — behind the scenes. New York Times writer Scott Cacciola takes a look at what goes into moving a team like the Golden State Warriors from one location to another and occasionally other unexpected duties (like trying to deflect a potential confrontation between two players!).

Hats off to Eric Housen, Director of Team Operations for the Golden State Warriors.

NEW ORLEANS — Late in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, Eric Housen sensed that something was amiss as he sorted through gear in the visiting locker room at the Smoothie King Center.

The Warriors’ Kevin Durant and the Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins had just been ejected for saying some tough things to each other, and Housen heard a commotion coming from the hallway outside the locker room. He went to investigate.

As the Warriors’ director of team operations, Housen juggles no fewer than a gazillion jobs. He packs the players’ uniforms. He transports their bags. He books their hotel rooms. He washes their practice gear. He buys their snacks. He makes sure that the buses that deliver the team from the airport to the hotel to the arena arrive on time. He arranges the private planes for the team’s massive traveling party, which includes family members and broadcasters.

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