Three years ago in Cleveland, the Golden State Warriors walked out of that city as champions. You could tell the team wasn’t finished and that this championship was incredibly fresh and exciting to them all. The Warriors were a team of unselfish players that played the game with all equal parts.
It wasn’t a question of if they’d be back on the Finals stage, but how many more titles would they win. A 73 game winning season would follow, but fell short to LeBron James and the Cavaliers after building a 3-1 series lead. This created a domino effect in signing Kevin Durant, which ultimately upset the NBA balance of competitive advantage.
Fast forward to today, and the Golden State Warriors have 3 championships in four years. They would sweep the Cavs with a 108-85 victory in Game 4. The Warriors are now 8-1 in the Finals since adding Durant, and never lost their swagger with the expectation of cruising to another championship. If the first championship was full of joy, and the second was revenge, then this last one was relief.
The offseason this year had so many twists and turns that I’m not sure how this upcoming one will be able to top it. Yet with Golden State’s dominance, this could give extra motivation to teams to make some big moves that are necessary to beat the champs, and I hope so.
But sadly, now comes the conclusion for THE lazy NBA to step back into hibernation. This year, like the last, has been an absolute blast for me and I have enjoyed every second of it. With so many ups and downs throughout the season, I thought it was necessary to create a recap, so expect one last email from me. But for now and until next season, zzz…
Catch you next season!