It’s been a rough few weeks at Richmond High in Northern California. Since the start of November, the Richmond basketball team has lost its starting point guard and emotional leader. Frazier was shot dead a week after Halloween, leaving a hole in his school’s larger community and its basketball team.
In short, the Richmond basketball team needed a lift. It got one from the hometown Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, with coach Steve Kerr leading a large group of Warriors players in attendance at Richmond’s game against Concord.
Kerr said that his team was motivated to visit the Richmond squad to show support for the larger Northern California basketball community.
“We’re all part of a big group, and when we lose someone in that group, it’s devastating, especially in the manner in which Rodney was lost,” Kerr told the Richmond team in a speech, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “So I just wanted to say on behalf of all the Warriors, our whole organization, our whole community, we’re devastated, we’re here to support you guys tonight.
“The words are difficult right now, I see the pain in your eyes and I know what you’re going through. I lost my own father, he was murdered in gun violence, so I know what you’re going through, and I wish you well.”
Richmond lost the game, 78-52, but the Warriors’ genuine gesture wasn’t lost on the school.
The visit couldn’t completely salve the Richmond community’s wounds, but it was a step in the right direction.
“Everyone’s hurting,” Frazier’s cousin Amara James told the Chronicle. “Even the teachers are hurting. The store man down the street is hurting. My cousin would go by there every day, even if he didn’t buy anything, just to say hi. Everyone is so hurt.”