After winning its fourth NBA title in eight seasons, the Golden State Warriors are highly touted to win more championships in the coming years.
The 4-2 Finals victory over the Boston Celtics marked the Warriors’ stunning comeback after missing two-season playoffs due to a string of injuries.
The Warriors came back strong with a formidable Big 3 of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, who were all healthy to play along with their rising stars to demolish the Celtics after blowing past the Nuggets, Grizzlies, and the Mavericks.
Thanks to the valuable contributions of Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, who are both returning in the next season.
Top analysts, in a Reuters report, said the Warriors are still on the run for a fifth NBA crown next year.
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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said, “I’ve got the Warriors repeating. They are winning the NBA championship again next year” as Curry still has more energy than other players 10 years younger than him.
He also said that a healthier Thompson will be playing even better in the new season while Poole will remain a strong support to the trio as well as Jonathan Kuminga.
Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports believes that the Warriors players and organization are the league’s envy.
Cowherd said the Warriors are a “dynasty” being the real essence of the sport.
“They are the standard. They have the best owner, the best GM and the best coach and the best, most selfless star (Curry),” he said.
The Warriors, according to him, are smarter, more selfless, more human, and play better defense. Its management and coaching have developed better players in the league.
Just when many thought that it was over for the Golden State Warriors, Finals MVP Steph Curry’s greatness proved them wrong.
An emotional Curry said, “I’m so proud of our group. I thank God every day I get to play this game at the highest level. The most amazing people, we know what this is all about. But for this championship, what we’ve been through the last three years, at the beginning of the season nobody thought we’d be here, except everybody on this court right now. It’s very surreal, very surreal.”
He shared that the team has gone through a lot individually and collectively to get back to where they are now.
“That’s why I said I think this championship hits different. That’s why I have so many emotions, and still will, just because of what it took to get back here,” Curry added.
Curry is eyeing his fifth championship next season if and when the Warriors make a repeat. The possibility of another NBA title for Golden State will have Curry eclipsing LeBron James’ and Shaquille O’Neal’s four titles and drawing a tie with Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.
The Warriors, Celtics and Clippers are named as co-favorites to winning the Larry O’Brien trophy next season, according to PointsBet.
Green, for his part, said the tough, yet victorious journey with his teammates made it even more meaningful.
“You know, we built this thing from the ground up, and when you build something from the ground up, that’s your baby,” Green said.
“And I think for us, we all appreciate each other and we understand what each of us brings to the table.
It stretches far past what we have accomplished on the basketball court. You’re talking bonds. Those bonds will last forever. We are linked and connected together forever.”
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Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who played with Curry, Thompson, and Green in their four NBA titles, praised the trio for what they have done in the league and the foundation they have been able to build.
“In a hundred years, you’re going to be talking about some of the best players and teams and foundations, and those three guys, they kind of did a template of how do you build championship pedigree.” Iggy said. The win was sweet redemption for Thompson who was sidelined for two years due to injury. His stunning comeback served as an inspiration for his teammates and fans.