Warriors scorekeeper Fred Kast’s career has spanned from Wilt to Wiseman. After sitting at the Golden State scorer’s table for parts of seven decades, Northern California’s premier notetaker is hanging up his pen.
According to a feature from the New York Times, Kast, 81, is retiring from the sideline job thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic. He must complete two negative tests — taken at least 24 hours apart — within the three days before a home game.
All those extra trips up from his home in San Jose helped convince Kast it was time to step away.
Kast told the Times’ Scott Cacciola he got his start as the Warriors’ scorekeeper in 1963 when he bought a ticket to attend a game and a friend who needed a hand working at the scorer’s table.
At that time, he was commuting from Sacramento to work his second job with the Warriors — his first was as a salesman.
Kast had a basketball career of his own, playing on scholarship in three seasons at Duke between 1958 and 1962. Averaging 4.4 points and 3 rebounds per game, Kast didn’t fill up the stat sheet as a player, but he did play against a future fellow Warriors coworker: West Virginia’s Jerry West, who went on to an NBA Hall of Fame playing career with the Lakers and significant success as a Grizzlies, Warriors and Clippers executive.
Kast may not have been able to contain West on the court, but he is quick with the pen, keeping pace with the Warriors’ motion offense.
“The game is not going to stop because you don’t record something right,” Kast said. “It’s not an easy thing. But it becomes easier the more you do it.”
According to the Times, 30-year Warriors statistician Kyle McRae will replace him along with Kevin Chung, who Kast has been training to assist McRae.
It would have been poetic for Kast’s final game to come last Sunday, when he tallied up all of Steph Curry’s career-high 62 points. But who knows, maybe he’ll have something else historic to chart in Friday night’s game.
Do yourself a favor this weekend and read the whole piece from the Times.
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