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Golden State Warriors: the kings of the game

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The Golden State Warriors are the owners of this era. It is borne out by what has been achieved, four titles in eight years, hauls equaled in NBA history only by the Celtics (in the sixties), Lakers (in the eighties) and Bulls (in the nineties). And what he conquered validates it, as his way of understanding the game, dizzying and chameleon-like, transcends the result itself. After beating the Celtics 4-2 in the 2022 final and scoring the last three straight wins, are she – four years later – returned to the top. A level, that of glory, to which they belong through meritocracy.

They are, in their own way, children of Mike D’Antoni’s Suns and Gregg Popovich’s Spurs, with whom they share key traits (the former’s flawless use of space and transitions, the latter’s fluidity on and off the ball). But they’ve also set their own record based on their versatility – particularly defensively – making them paradigms of the new basketball. One prone to the gradual and inevitable disappearance of positions that have already been replaced by variable features on the pitch. No one knew how to apply it like they did.

Steve Kerr, a direct apprentice of Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich and a music student of Mozart and Beethoven, took over from Mark Jackson on the California bank in spring 2014. It was his first adventure as chief engineer. Since then he has not only won 22 of the 24 heats endgames that he denied, a fact as obscene as the domain on display reveals, but he even changed certain codes that governed success.

His team disputed tradition that it was not possible to win the championship with an offensive structure that relied entirely on outside shooting. Indeed, he broke with the mold so much that, aided by the player who defines the project most and best – Stephen Curry – he ended up changing the geometry of the track itself, expanding the danger zone for the rival further than ever before. For if it was always the hoop that drew bodies by gravity, the warriors extended that gravity thirty feet from the iron in Curry’s hand, changing the game board. And in short, forcing them to rewrite the rules of competition.

Selected MVP of these Finals, Curry redefined the transgression on the court – redefining modern attack by his ability to score three points on rebounds from previously unimaginable distances – with harmonious and silent leadership. One that might resemble in shape the character of Tim Duncan, the epicenter of Spurs culture this century and a benchmark of leadership and emotional stability in elite sport.

As the axis of the system and idea, Curry has always renounced ego or any authority that derives from who he is. In fact, it nurtured the opposite, the brilliance of others as a path to evolution and happiness. He did it by fleeing the riotous Draymond Green, the group’s competitive soul; to another historical elite shooter like Klay Thompson and even to a soloist who came from the outside and could threaten his own hierarchy – Kevin Durant. He did it, all without fuss.

A legendary player transcending his own era, Curry has always valued the collective over individuality. And for its first Finals MVP to achieve a fourth title and turn 34 has an almost poetic note, as if basketball wanted once and for all to heal the only possible open wound for the little boy who is changing the game forever hat from giants. Because that will always be his greatest legacy, regardless of awards.

However, there is much more to his side. From the heart of a green who also redefined the role – particularly defensively – of the modern center to the fascinating story of a Klay Thompson who spent two and a half years without a match after suffering chain injuries to his ACL and Achilles tendon – and went through the anxiety typical of someone who saw their life fall apart in two moments but returned to get back on top.

The Warriors, a franchise at the forefront of its management methodology – led by Bob Myers – fully identifiable with the Silicon Valley environment that surrounds them, has made a strong commitment to extending their dynasty through ownership – with Joe Lacob at the top – the most expensive squad in the NBA. But they combined background and forms to achieve it.

Thus, grandiose plot twists like Kevon Looney’s or Gary Payton II, dips like Jordan Poole’s and even takeoffs like Andrew Wiggins’, all representing an active part of the success, show what Ortega was defending at the time , Value is placed on something, it is always necessary to also consider his circumstances. And in basketball there is no circumstance so positive and coherent that brings us as close to the best version and success as that of the Warriors.

Beyond (again) champions, even beyond the dynasty they still maintain, the warriors are the kings of this game.

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