Raptors’ Patrick McCaw explains why he didn’t return to Warriors
According to McCaw, one of the biggest factors that led to his decision to turn his back from such a successful situation was his desire for a bigger role in the team.
“I could say it was playing time, but I think it was just me being emotional as a kid,” said McCaw, 23. “I just wanted more. Not necessarily more playing time, but more opportunity for myself. I’m not discrediting the Warriors and what they chose to do. I just think being a young kid, you see all the younger guys competing and doing their thing and you feel like, ‘OK, I’m just that kid, or I could be doing exactly what he’s doing.’ ”
McCaw did admit that he considered signing an extension with the Warriors, but that in the end, he knew that he was destined for something else.
“Maybe I could just go back and finish, just go back for a year, see what happens, see where it took me,” McCaw said. “I just felt like once it got past preseason, I was just adamant about not going back. I was just stuck right there. That’s when I was like, ‘I’m just not going.’ I made it this far and I missed preseason, I missed the season opener, I missed getting the rings. I’ve made it this far just based off of what I chose to do.
“And I believed in what I wanted to accomplish, and I just felt like we’re just going to ride it out and see how long it takes to October to November to December.”
It’s a pretty ironic situation for McCaw right now, as his role for the Raptors has pretty much been the same — if not even smaller — to what he was doing while in Oakland.
Nonetheless, we all live with the decision that we make, so hopefully, McCaw’s decision proves to be the right one a couple of years down the road.