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Is it time for the Golden State Warriors to make a tough decision?

Is it time for the Golden State Warriors to make a tough decision?

The Golden State Warriors they’ve avoided tough decisions in a way no modern NBA dynasty ever has, but the arc of history is tilting in that direction, and it’s doing so very quickly.

Expeditiously.

Immediately.

Like, today

General manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr have crafted a line with skill and skill, getting the best out of the core while the supporting pieces provided enough to squeeze out another championship. However, now it seems that the strong organizational bamboo is suffering from unplanned stress.

Sustained victory requires singular focus, competence and a bit of luck. The competition in the NBA is too intense, good teams are too eager to see an opening at the top of a conference to plant roses at the feet of champions.

It is respect, but not reverence.

The three biggest brands in the NBA: lebron james, Stephen Curry i Kevin Durant — are not being increased by their organizations, for various reasons i levels of guilt.

Unlike the Brooklyn Nets i Los Angeles Lakersthe Warriors still have a way to get out of the basement and back into the attic, but it looks like the leverage they’ve acquired must be used.

One could argue that Curry is having his best season, and that’s considering he was a unanimous MVP seven seasons ago. But his greatness is pushing the Warriors into a corner that the organization should have a plan to get out of before this looks like franchise malpractice.

It’s not as easy as sitting on the bench Klay Thompson or blame the slow start on the fatigue of dealing Draymond Green flat tire Jordan Poole on the training ground.

“As for the rollover, they are good problems to have in this league. I’m not worried about the big picture,” Curry told Yahoo Sports weeks ago after one loss of road in detroit “We’ve been through this before, too. This is the first time in a long time. But I know the process.”

It’s easy to assume that a team like the Warriors picks up where they left off last June, but they’re starting from scratch like everyone else. The problem is that they are still ready.

“If you look at our team, it’s different. So we have to treat this year as a different, separate year,” Curry said. “That’s the part I’ve noticed, like we’ve been through this before, so there’s no panic.”

When Curry spoke that night, he made sure to give off an air of calm. Not arrogance, but definitely some concern.

“[Setting] realistic championship expectations for this specific team,” Curry said. “That’s why I was trying not to be too sad in the press room because everyone is holding us, as they should, to the expectation that we’re supposed to to be. [undefeated]. That’s not how it works.”

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts against the Phoenix Suns at the Footprint Center in Phoenix on Nov. 16, 2022. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Kerr decided to say what everyone with a trained eye already believed: that there is no cohesion at either end of the floor and no easy solutions.

The losses are piling up, and even if it’s a champion just entering a new season after a long summer playoff run, it’s getting late pretty early. The Warriors have the second-worst defense in points against and 27th in defensive rating.

For all the flash they showed in winning four championships, it was the work done on the defensive end that shut down everything else. No other team had the mental stamina to keep up with the Warriors for long stretches; could be seen at the end of last year when the Celtics unraveled, and before that, when the brazen Memphis Grizzlies he couldn’t figure out a coherent formula to unseat them.

The invincibility factor is gone. Even if it could be argued that the intimidation left the building when Durant left a few years ago, there was still extra magic when the Warriors walked into your building.

Champions tend to get the better of the opponent anyway, but it’s born out of a respectful fear of embarrassment — that Curry might unleash a flurry of 3-pointers, shimmies and shy smiles, that Thompson would face the man in front of him. night, all while having an open-plan banquet, and that Green would speak to an entire roster of 12 men in uncharacteristic stretches.

Normally, a combination of two plus a little more would be the formula and the Warriors could continue their road trip to another stop. The Warriors may not be food yet, but other teams are ready to help them, knowing Curry is capable of getting help. 50-ball.

The more Curry continues to put in these stellar performances, and the more opponents find a way to absorb body shots to deliver their own knockout punch, the more confident the NBA at large will be in believing there is a formula to dethrone champions.

All modern dynasties had to start difficult conversations to keep it and give it a new life. For the Showtime Lakers, he unleashed Magic Johnson and whittled down an aging Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, after three championships under a previous formula, no less. Magic won three MVPs in the next four years, the Lakers won two more titles and did their best to bide their time catching up with Abdul-Jabbar.

Larry Bird’s Celtics had to replace tough Bill Fitch with the more affable KC Jones, even after Fitch led the Celtics to a title in 1981. The Ocs’ offseason regimen and inseason habits improved greatly , and made a series of three. Back-to-back MVPs and four consecutive Finals appearances.

Of course, Michael Jordan’s bulls went from hating Dennis Rodman to fully embracing it, giving Rodman a colorful second act in his second stint. History says that these were easy decisions to make, but in real time, everything was a risk.

Even the San Antonio Spursmost recent team dynasty, not counting James’ conference dominance over the last decade, had to change from a grinding style centered around Tim Duncan to more space and drive, and room to cook the others

See, even New Edition added Johnny Gill to the mix.

And it’s certainly easy to blame young players who haven’t lived up to expectations, players who, in virtually any other NBA situation, would have the leeway to make mistakes on the fly because the stakes aren’t as high.

Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman (33) reacts after being called for a foul on Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in San Francisco, on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo) A. Vásquez)
Golden State Warriors Center James Wiseman he hasn’t played enough high-level competitive basketball to contribute and succeed in the Warriors’ system. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

James Wiseman has barely played enough real-time competitive basketball in recent years to contribute in a high-octane, fast-moving environment, let alone succeed in this pressure vacuum the Warriors have created.

He played in three varsity games, missed half of his rookie season and didn’t play at all last season. His memories of dominating the competition go back to his tender high school days, and that little bit of sweat equity doesn’t hold up. Curry just wants him to sprint to ball screens and move with purpose.

Moses Moody i Jonathan Kuminga they have increased roles, but they cannot be the catalysts for change, and so the pressure is multiplied tenfold because everyone knows that any outside help would require their departures.

The Warriors could sell veterans and young players alike making sacrifices for the sake of winning. But for young players who know the spoils of success as a team but not individually, it’s human nature to want to settle instead of selfishly immerse yourself in a team dynamic.

Because you’ve already won.

And while the odds are easy to say that the Warriors will do it on their own, no one can ignore the warning signs calling for substantial change.



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