As a tortured Brooklyn Nets basketball fan, I found I needed to find another team to root for to keep my sanity. The sadness of knowing we really won’t be good until like 2020 is straight up depressing at times. At least we have a really nice arena.
Anyway, I’ve been a huge fan of people who could really shoot the ball. It’s why I love watching Stephen Curry — the Golden State Warriors’ superstar sharpshooter and two-time reigning NBA MVP.
Soon after they drafted Curry, the Warriors drafted two more huge parts to this team, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, and they started to lead the Warriors to the top of the NBA.
I officially hopped on the Warriors bandwagon during the 2013 playoffs when Steph’s ankles were fully healed. I want to consider myself a true fan of them because of how much time I’ve spent watching the team, but I know I’m mostly there to watch Steph shoot three’s.
The team turned the league on its head in 2015 with their new motion offense and their swarming defense predicated on smart defenders being able to switch onto a new man at any time. They would finish 67-15 and win the championship.
Last season, they turned in the greatest regular season in NBA history going 73-9. They were notorious for blowing out teams so bad, the starters wouldn’t need to play the fourth quarter. This team couldn’t get much better, right?
But they lost in the Finals after being up three games to one. The shame of defeat and a multitude of other things (most importantly, a near $30 million jump in the salary cap), brought 2014 NBA MVP and four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant to the team after a much publicized meeting in the Hamptons.
Golden State and Durant caught their fair shares of scrutiny for the move, but as a fan, I can’t wait to see them get on the court in the regular season. It’s going to be chaos.
I’m getting a glimpse of this greatness as I type this (1AM). Golden State is playing the Los Angeles Clippers in preseason right now and the score is 107-58 at the end of the 3rd qurater.
This game was straight annihilation and Curry didn’t even shoot that well. But he did have a real nice crossover on Brandon Bass…
Durant and Thompson shot the lights out of the arena. The two combined for 51 points, 16-24 from the field, and 9-13 from 3-point range. It just looked so effortless.
A video has been going around on Twitter lately of Kevin Durant going to Rucker Park in Brooklyn and scoring 66. That is what the Warriors are going to make the NBA look like this year and I can’t wait.
You wouldn’t think there’s enough ball to go around with four stars in the starting lineup, but if anyone can do it, it’s these Warriors. They’ve proven their unselfishness in these last few years and anyone who’s watched them knows that Durant is just icing on the cake.
I could go into a huge breakdown of why he’s a perfect fit, but I’d like some sleep and I don’t want this post to put you to sleep, either.
Basketball is the most predictable sport so quality of the game is just as important to how close it is. I don’t think we’ll see more quality play than we will from these 2016-17 Golden State Warriors.