Something’s Off in the Golden State

With the defending champions gone, the Golden State Warriors were a bit of a disappointment. Well, there’s a lot of frustration, actually. And just 15 games later, news began to hit that they could become the first defending champion in league history to miss the postseason without losing an MVP to retire.

Don’t bother looking for it. We brought you here. Celtics 70, Bill Russell, 98 Bulls and Michael Jordan. And as the day dawned, Stephen Curry was still playing at Golden State.

The Fifteen Games is not a mere stick by which to measure its seeming uselessness, as Comrade Thompson has fully demonstrated in Comrade Thompson’s Testimony to this Conga Line. Frustrating permission. But Wednesday’s 130-119 eye poke at the hands of the Phoenix Suns finally seemed to pick up on their desire to carry on and hide behind their wonderful culture and environment, one that dealt with any and all crises along the way to three championships in four. years and four by eight.

Ten days earlier, they needed 47 points from Curry to beat Sacramento at home by three. Six days earlier, they needed Curry to go 40 to beat Cleveland at home by five. Last night, Carrie even gave them half of Hondo as an ongoing admission that it was the only way they could save themselves from themselves, but even that wasn’t enough. The Suns, who had a trailblazing starter including Chris Paul, won quite easily (they led in the third quarter and the last half without a break), the Warriors delivered the bogey midway through the second half and then, head coach Steve Kerr looked and looked like he was about to. Derek Carr Channel.

It all said that Curry would somehow have to become not only the leading scorer, MVP, face of the franchise, and inspirational leader, but also the no-wallet killer boss. He’s also said that warriors and their long-vaunted culture not only grumble at the edges, but start to smell funny as well. “We lack collective grit,” Kerr said at one point, coming close to fully airing the grievances of the team that made him famous. “And when you don’t have the guts, the game is easy for the other team… It’s a game of Drew League. We’re playing a game of Drew League.”

For its part, the Drew League is considering suing for defamation. The Warriors have already been prosecuted for their alleged role in the Crypto market crashThey don’t need more lawyers in their lives.

But it’s open season for insulting the Warriors now, the first time they’ve earned such disdain without being able to lean on serious injuries as an excuse.

As many people have advocated getting rid of the now-failed two-track dynasty extender in pursuit of Kevin Durant’s good old deal they’ve also suggested they play their second unit for the rest of the year as a way to tank for Victor Wimpanyama.

And this is after excluding those who believe that Jordan Paul should replace Klay Thompson in the starting line-up, as if the beginning is more important than the finish, which Paul has not yet shown he can do. He failed, Kerr said, inspiring some to suggest that he should have somehow stopped former assistant Mike Brown from taking the Sacramento Kings job because no one else could teach the Warriors to defend even though Ron Adams and Mark Jackson did that very thing.

But whatever theory you choose to adopt (and they’re all fairly meritorious), that much is indisputably true. Their newfound sense of shame would not allow them to speak convincingly of their wonderful culture for long. Teams with a good culture usually win, and the winners are always credited with having a good culture whether they have it or not because culture is completely subjective based on the lack of ranking data. It is actually mythical nonsense, because no one outside can see how culture is set up, so no one has any idea what culture is except by taking the word of those charged with speaking about culture. Nobody says anything about 6-9 team culture unless it’s compared to an earlier sell-by-date yogurt that fell behind the fridge in August. And none of that is as telling a metric as 25th-ranked on defense.

The Warriors are now almost three separate teams – the veterans who don’t trust young men for good reason, the young men who want the veterans’ wrath to Springfield or another ancestral home, and Curry, who used to be able to get through it all but now has to get his hands in it. amid disparate personalities and demanding what he was able to flatter by mere distinction.

This takes away all the initial trappings of a broken dynasty in the making, not too old but definitely too young and either way lacking alternatives to get over both ends, eventually recognizing through their coach’s words and irritating body language that Curry might not be able to save them after all. He’s seeing all of that, too, and may be heading for his own conclusion — that he can go for 75 one night and watch the team he helped build still lose, 147-82.

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