It is not true that only the Golden State Warriors could feel bad about a draft day in which they selected the player they most wanted. It was that way when they drafted Stephen Curry and then found out his ankles were made of papier mache, but he solved that people soon enough to make them one of the best teams in league history.
Before that, though, theirs was the harshest kind of buzzard's luck, between draft picks that didn't work to draft picks that worked out for other teams to Hobson's choices that always ended badly and would have ended badly if they'd chosen the opposite course, they were always the team that could be counted on to take one step forward and then fall into a gully.
Thus, it was a particularly vicious kind of nostalgia that came back to them Wednesday when they learned 90 minutes before they took James Wiseman with the second pick in the NBA Draft that Klay Thompson had come up lame during a workout with other players in Los Angeles and had injured a heel that immediately brought up unverified Twitter mentions of an Achilles injury.
That, on balance, is a trade in which the Warriors got shorted. But it isn't a trade at all, but two random events in total opposition to each other. If all goes well as it typically has in the past decade, Wiseman can be a long-term foundational piece. If all goes the way things used to go for the Warriors before those halcyon days, Thompson's medical news will be as bad as hinted.
Until the news from Los Angeles, the only real issue to take the draft from form to fundamental chaos was Minnesota's potential decision to take Wiseman first and then deal him to some place other than San Francisco. But Thompson's injury, announced as close to draft time as it was, might have helped steel the Warriors' resolve not to be lured into a late-developing trade that would send Wiseman elsewhere. It was the one normal thing Joe Lacob, Bob Myers and Steve Kerr could rely on as their new season begins with the same level of turmoil as the old one did.
There has not yet been an official announcement on Thompson's diagnosis, except that everyone who claims to have a source uses the same ominous phrase: "Not good." The Warriors' championship window is now more snug than it was before, even with Wiseman, so that might be enough fresh chaos for the upcoming year. But it could have been worse for them, much worse.
Specifically, Thompson could have gotten hurt in an informal workout in a normal year when they didn't get a new center. So there. If you need your bad news with sugar, Wiseman is it. And if you remember what the Warriors once were, you get your sugar with some bad news. It is the historically traditional way of things with this team.