Warriors filled with relentless disrespect in their quest to repeat NBA Finals success

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s always some current or former NBA player, an analyst with a microphone, unable to resist pouring salt into the Warriors’ celebratory champagne. It has become, like barbecues and trips to the beach, a summer ritual.

Win a chip, wait for disrespect.

Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams blasts first midsummer, announcing Warriors was the inferior NBA finals team Despite winning six matches.

“I don’t follow that stuff,” coach Steve Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area on Thursday. “I think every team that won the championship got a break along the way, so that’s always to be said. Should every champion have an asterisk?

“It doesn’t really matter,” Kerr said. “We’ve got banners.”

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady didn’t wait until the summer after Williams commented, before Game 1 of the finals, that “the Boston Celtics main guys are going to beat the Golden State Warriors main guys.”

After losing Game 1, the Warriors won four of the next five to snatch the trophy. And host another parade,

Do these people not know that such open condemnation ignites fury within these people? The lead trio of Stephen Curry, Drummond Greene, and Klay Thompson have spent their NBA careers digesting little things and converting them into energy, which is used to clap on naysayers. It is part of their identity.

In the summer of 2017, he heard a chorus of observers add that the Warriors, aka “Super Villain”, caught a break in the Western Conference Finals after adding Kevin Durant to Kawhi Leonard was injured in Game 1. Golden State went on to sweep the San Antonio Spurs with an average win margin of 16 points, and posted an NBA-record 16–1 points post season.

The 2017–18 Warriors faced San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs, taking the series five games, winning at an average of 14.2 points.

In the summer of 2015, then-Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the Warriors were “lucky” they didn’t face his team or the Spurs on the way to the finals.

The Warriors bowed their collective foreheads and responded by registering 24 consecutive wins to begin the 2015–16 season and roll in an NBA-record 73 games won in the regular season.

It might be hard to consider this group, who was part of the NBA elite at the time, but who wasn’t arguing against it five years later?

Were the Warriors really so low down the NBA food chain for the better part of 40 years that winning four championships in eight seasons isn’t enough to silence those who either lost the finals or were watched on TV?

It’s an explanation for Golden State’s familiar reaction to the 2022 NBA championship, and it’s the only one that makes sense.

It took the NFL’s New England Patriots more than a decade, 14 seasons to be exact, before the league eventually submerged its humiliating history and began bowing at the feet of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

That fourth Super Bowl, after nine seasons without one, answered all the questions about his greatness.

Warriors? He has done four parades in a short time and yet, skeptics observe them under a microscope, showing signs of defect.

After being two seasons away from the playoffs, they were the underdogs last season. They should have been, because there was good reason for doubt. The core trio started the season as a pair. He embraced the status of the underdog, thrived within it and picked up another Larry O’Brien trophy.

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Convinced yet? No.

“Draymond doesn’t mind the back and forth,” president/general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area. “Curry, I guess, might say it’s been enough. ‘Stop now. Leave us alone.’ To him, it’s like, ‘What are you going to say now?’ And he has a point.

“But someone will say something.”

Naturally. In an ESPN poll of 15 general managers, coaches and scouts, the Clippers received the most votes (eight) for representing the Western Conference in the 2023 NBA Finals. The Warriors and Phoenix Suns finished second with three votes each.

vote For the 2023 NBA Champions Went in this order: the Clippers (five votes), the Milwaukee Bucks and Celtics with four each, and the Warriors with two.

Debate if you like whether this is the latest round of hatred or disrespect. There is no doubt that it is food for fuel.

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