Warriors Scorekeeper Fred Kast’s career has spanned from Wilt to Wiseman. After sitting at the Golden State scorer’s table for seven decades, Northern California’s leading notetaker hangs up his pen.
According to a report in the New York Times, the 81-year-old Kast is withdrawing from secondary employment due to the coronavirus pandemic, among other things. Within three days before a home game, he has to pass two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
All of these extra trips from his home in San Jose helped convince Kast it was time to step back.
Kast told The Times ‘Scott Cacciola that he started out as the Warriors’ scorekeeper in 1963 when he was buying a ticket to a game and a friend who needed a hand to work at the goalscorer’s table.
At this time he was commuting from Sacramento to his second job with the Warriors – his first as a salesman.
Kast had his own basketball career and played three seasons with Duke between 1958 and 1962 on a scholarship. With an average of 4.4 points and 3 rebounds per game, Kast did not fill the statistics as a player, but played against a future employee of Warriors: Jerry West from West Virginia, who completed a career in the NBA Hall of Fame with the Lakers and as Managing Director of Grizzlies, Warriors and Clippers made significant achievements.
Kast may not have been able to keep West in the field, but he’s quick with the pen and keeping up with the warriors’ movement crime.
« The game won’t stop because you missed something, » said Kast. « It’s not an easy thing. But it gets easier the more you do it. »
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According to the Times, 30-year-old Warriors statistician Kyle McRae will replace him along with Kevin Chung, whom Kast trained to support McRae.
It would have been poetic if Kast’s last game had happened last Sunday, when he hit all of Steph Curry’s 62 career highlights. But who knows, maybe he has something historical to plan for the Friday night game.
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