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History. Excellence. Dominance. Celebration. Joy.
The Golden State Warriors have authored one of the greatest runs in sports history — and they are not nearly done.
The Bay Area has two football teams, two baseball teams, but only ONE basketball team. The melding of longtime Warrior die-hards and the new energy of fans discovering quality NBA basketball at the same time has electrified not only the Bay Area but well beyond. Having been to China, Europe, and everywhere in the United States, I can tell you the Warriors are known and celebrated world wide.
Winning brings recognition and admiration. But the way the Warriors play with unselfishness, toughness, skill, firepower, sheer fun, and unbridled joy is why we love sports in the first place.
Incredible comebacks, wild scenes at Oracle, the bonding of a community revolving around players beloved by so many. One of the most amazing things is just how much fans identify with different players. Whether you love Steph, KD, Klay, Draymond, Andre Iguodala, or even Javale McGee, all of Dub nation is able to celebrate a group of players that genuinely care for each other and play like pros but act like kids.
It is a group that enjoys being together everywhere and every way. The Warriors are led by a remarkable human being, let alone a coach, in Steve Kerr. And with Joe Lacob and Peter Guber’s endless passion and commitment and the brilliance of Bob Myers and his staff, the Warriors are positioned to be elite for the next several seasons. At times, the turnaround is just hard to comprehend— and that makes it so much more appreciated.
So, six straight playoff seasons, four straight Finals, the greatest regular season ever with 73 wins, and now three NBA titles in four years. The Warriors’ franchise now has six championships, trailing only the Celtics and Lakers and now tied with the Chicago Bulls. And no team has ever won more games in a five-year span in NBA history.
The best parts of life are often the journey and not the destination. The golden era for the Golden State Warriors is not in its beginning and its certainly not near the end.