Did the Defensive Champion Warriors Really Improve?
Champion Warriors,The Warriors are one of the best teams in the NBA. Stephen Curry has been in impossibly good physical shape for his age. He can shoot the ball from the perimeter and set screens, and he has a great handle on picks. He is a very selfless player and is one of the best defenders in the league. His defense has always been the Warriors’ backbone.
There are plenty of reasons to bet on the Warriors to win the West this year. The front office is aggressive and their operating budget is one of the best in the NBA. Fans of the other 29 teams envy the Warriors’ success.
The Warriors are more likable than ever before. They are showing a better sense of teamwork and seem to take great pleasure in working together. This is what makes a champion team, and it is easy to see this in the Warriors’ playoff run.
Golden State Warriors have been using a triangle and two defense against the Brooklyn Nets. Their defense ranks fourth in the league in location effective field goal percentage. This doesn’t mean the Warriors are lucky, though. They are a talented team with veteran players who know how to play the game. Draymond Green is one of the league’s best defenders, and he isn’t the only one.
As of now, they’re the best team in the NBA. Even though Klay Thompson hasn’t played a single game, the Warriors have been one of the most dominant teams in the NBA. They have won half of the league’s championships in the last eight seasons. They have added Gary Payton II as a 15th man and have looked like a legit team. They are menacing, and it may take a few months for the best version of the Warriors to emerge.
“My experience is that trying to repeat is actually really fun,” Kerr said on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon and Ratto” show Thursday. “It’s when if you’re lucky enough to win two in a row, that third year is where it gets to be a real grind.”
As a player with the Chicago Bulls, Kerr and Co. won the NBA title in 1996 and repeated as champs in 1997. They managed to three-peat in 1998, but that was the infamous “last dance” for the Michael Jordan-led Bulls. Kerr then was traded to the San Antonio Spurs and they won the title in 1999 but were unable to repeat in 2000. Kerr and the Spurs again won the championship in 2003 but came up short in 2004.
As the coach of the Warriors, Kerr has experienced both the pain and joy of the quest to repeat. Golden State came up short in 2016, but managed to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in back-to-back NBA Finals in 2017 and 2018. In their mission to three-peat in 2019, injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson derailed them.
But after a joyous run to the 2021-22 title, Kerr can’t wait to get to training camp and the new season to begin.
“I don’t think we’re going to be burnt out by any means,” Kerr said. “In fact, I think we’ll be really excited. I think all of our guys will be ready to roll and ramp it back up and try to repeat. Our guys love to play, they love to compete. This is what they do. They’ve had a good rest this summer. So I think everyone is excited.
Coming off back-to-back major injuries, the 32-year-old was always likely to have some struggles at stages throughout the season. However, offensively, they weren’t overly evident as he hardly missed a beat. Sure, the shooting came and went in inconsistent fashion, but that’s often been the case across his career.