Golden State Warriors Success Hate
Start writing a post
Sports

Stop Hating On Golden State's Success

They're just way smarter than your favorite team, including my own.

75
golden state warriors

Besides my own favorite team, the Boston Celtics, the franchise I have the most respect for is the Golden State Warriors. For too long I've heard people say that the Warriors have "broken the NBA." They get too much blame for today's NBA rather than the credit.

The Warriors are coming off their second-straight title and their third in four years. And looking at 2019, they're well on their way to winning a fourth in five years. Who's going to stop them? LeBron James left for the Lakers, and it does not appear that roster is ready to compete. The Rockets lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, nearly lost Clint Capela, and signed an old Chris Paul to a $160 million contract. The Eastern Conference is as weak as it has been in a decade with the only two teams with a real chance are the Celtics and the Sixers.

But let's look at how this started. Between 2009 and 2012, Golden State drafted its three stars: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. In 2013, they sign Andre Iguodala in free agency. In 2014, they fire Mark Jackson and hire Steve Kerr. In Kerr's first season, the Warriors beat LeBron's Cavaliers 4-2 in the Finals. They then set the NBA record with 73 wins and lose in the Finals after having a 3-1 lead, putting them at a crossroads. They set the record for wins but still lose. So what do they do? GM Bob Myers and the Warriors go out and sign Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the NBA.

From this point on, the Warriors have taken heat for breaking the NBA when in reality their front office has just done the best management of any team maybe in league history. In 2009, Steph Curry was the seventh pick, so six other teams had an an opportunity to draft him, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had two draft picks in the top six and picked two point guards not named Steph Curry. In 2011, Klay Thompson was the 11th pick, and in 2012 Draymond Green was picked 35th in the second round. Other teams had the opportunity to draft them as well. In 2014, the Warriors were prepared to send star two-guard Thompson to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. But thankfully for the Bay Area, Jerry West advised against the trade, so the Warriors passed. And in the summer of 2016, all 30 teams had a chance to sign Durant, but the Warriors got him because they're simply smarter and better at recruiting, drafting and decision-making than the rest of the league is.

But what the rest of the league's nephews need to remember is that "super teams" are neither invincible nor do they last forever. LeBron's super team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, and in 2014 they lost to the San Antonio Spurs by a record margin. The Lakers with Shaq and Kobe had five great years before it broke up. In 2018, the Warriors were down 3-2 to the No.1 seed Rockets, and if Chris Paul weren't injured we could be in a very different place right now in the offseason. The only dynasty that has lasted an extended period of time is that of the San Antonio Spurs, who won five titles in three different decades. Why did they sustain greatness? Excellent drafting, coaching and personnel will contribute to that.

Dynasties happen all the time. In the 60s it was the Celtics. In the 80s, the Lakers and Celtics dominated. The 90s were about Jordan's Bulls. Shaq's Lakers and Duncan's Spurs occupied the 2000s. And now the latter half of the 2010s will be dominated by the team in Oakland.The Warriors have achieved their greatness the right way. They didn't cheat. There's still a salary cap and hefty fines for those who go over it, unlike in the MLB. What has worked for them is a lot of hard work by a lot of smart people in the Bay Area.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

112575
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments