The Golden State Warriors Are Hands-Down The Most Dominant Team In The NBA

The Golden State Warriors Are Hands-Down The Most Dominant Team In The NBA

Year after year, championship after championship. How is one team so good?

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Three-time NBA champion. Three-time NBA All-Star. Two time NBA MVP. The most three-pointers in an NBA game. A first round pick. And that's just some of the accomplishments of the Golden State Warriors starting five. Insane right? And as if that's not enough, last summer they acquired four-time NBA All-Star Demarcus Cousins to add on to their dominant roster.

Still, don't believe me that the Warriors is an unfair team? Well, let's look at the current 2018-19 season. On Monday, October 29, the Warriors scored 92 points in 24 minutes. On the same night, Klay Thompson (#11, four-time All-Star) set the NBA record for the most three-pointers made in one game (14), which surpassed the old record that was made by Thompson's teammate, Stephen Curry #30, five-time All-Star).

Golden State has also won the last three out of four NBA finals. Last season, they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games (being the first team to do that). They have won so many times, a lot of NBA fans are tired of watching the finals because it's been the same thing for four years. Sadly for the fans, doesn't look like this season's finals will be any different. Eight games into the season, the Warriors have already claimed the number one spot in the West.

Most of the top NBA teams of last season have changed. The Boston Celtics (ranked one in the east) gained back their top two players Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward after they missed a majority of their season due to injuries. The second-ranked east them the Cleveland Cavaliers lost their star player, and just rehired a new coach after starting this new season 0-6. And lastly, the Warriors top western competitor, the Houston Rockets, have started this season 1-5. But the Golden State Warriors have stayed pretty dang for the last four years.

So what is it that makes the Warriors so dominant? Maybe it's the idea that half their team has won three or more NBA titles. Or that this team is made up of all-stars, MVP's, and record breakers. Even the coach, Steve Kerr, has a little NBA history under his own belt. He won five NBA titles as a player and won the three-point shootout in 1997. So does one team deserve to have this much talent? Wouldn't the NBA be a lot more interesting if these players were spread out? These are questions NBA fans, analyst, and reporters ask every day. But one thing that is for sure is that this team is unbelievably good, and no one in NBA history has ever seen a team like it.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Dear Oklahoma, Please Take Care Of Jalen Hurts

He's one of the good ones, we promise.

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Dear Oklahoma fans, coaches, and players, please take care of Jalen Hurts.

When Hurts graduated in December of 2018, everyone in the Alabama fanbase knew that a transfer was coming soon. After showing his distinct character and loyalty to the Alabama Crimson Tide by choosing to play the 2018 season, even though he would be second in line to Tua Tagavailoa, Hurts deserves this chance to make the best decision for himself. The selection process regarding where Hurts would end up this upcoming season was kept relatively private, which of course open the doors to countless predictions from fans and analysts.

However, I can confidently say that I was not the only one shocked at his choice, but I whole-heartedly support it.

Home to two Heisman-winning quarterbacks, Oklahoma is a more than a smart choice on Hurts' behalf. Within that program, he will be given ample opportunity to improve his craft in order to put himself in the best position for a successful career post-college. The Sooners obviously have an incredible program that leads players down the best paths to be as successful as possible, and that is all Alabama fans want for our beloved quarterback.

With all this being said, I, as an Alabama fan, just ask the Oklahoma Sooners to take care of Jalen and realize how special of a player he is.

With Hurts at quarterback, you will never have to question his effort or loyalty to his teammates. He will always carry himself with grace, no matter the situation. If you give him an opportunity to succeed, he will put forth all of his effort in order to take advantage of it.

Jalen Hurts is one of the most special players, and young men, to ever wear an Alabama Crimson Tide uniform. All that we ask is that you support him as we have these past three years.

Roll Tide.

Sincerely,

Every Alabama Fan

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