Tthat exterior of the Chase Center, the newly built home of the Golden State Warriors on the west coast of San Francisco Bay, looks like a re-assembled apple pie. Last night Golden State completed a success to give the weird visual metaphor a bit of a twist. The sad losing Warriors of 2019-21 were reborn as champions. Throws have been redesigned, turning past seasons into a beautiful success. The has-beens now have bells; apple cider is re-harvested. The fighters are back.
But if the end of the story seems familiar, there is something different about this Warriors championship. “I did not learn anything about myself, I knew I was resilient,” said Draymond Green, on the podium at Boston’s TD Garden, when asked to reflect on his perception of himself and his teammates. the period of these has been changed. finals. In fact, a lot has been known about the way the Warriors reached last night’s final: lightning strikes, electric shock transfers, deadly shooting from a distance and collective intelligence from the cannon, it’s trampoline energy and known, tentacular ignorance. But if the Warriors already knew who they were, this series would be remembered for changing the way we view the rest of us. Like the Golden State champion teams of 2015, 2017 and 2018, these Warriors were real, efficient, ruthless and ruthless. But they were also curious. This represents a real departure for a team that, in recent years, seems to be participating in the modern NBA as the worst thing ever. While it may come as a surprise to anyone on a franchise that has now achieved exactly half the bells offered in the past eight seasons, the depth of the Warriors’s pandemic era and the ambiguity that once surrounded the prospects of their biggest stars. resurrections are enough to make this championship a truly emotional story – not entirely a success for the underprivileged, but a glorious glorification of what billions of tech, the greatest player in basketball history, and simple sustainability can achieve together.
Of course, there are many rumors of salvation around the end times. From Giannis’s defeat of the free-throwing demons last year to LeBron’s victory over his hometown in 2016, the victories of most of the final MVPs of recent years are presented, in one way or another, as remarkable victories against chance. The difference this time around is that the championship team was written entirely, instead of one person: in fact, no one did this repetition of the Warriors, who returned from the spiritual authority of Kevin Durant and Steph Curry and Klay Thompson after long-term canceled injuries. a chance to add a fourth title to the third that has already been recorded under the supervision of Steve Kerr. The reasons for this universal exclusion are not hard to understand, as the Warriors had a slight difference in the previous two seasons that were both severely hated and very bad in basketball.
The national hatred for the Warriors stemmed primarily from the team’s endless success, especially the last two titles secured by the 2016-18 season-serving super-team. The Warriors – data-driven, insensitive, technocrats who bombard their opponents beyond the three-point line, and enter into an ever-deeper alliance with Silicon Valley – seem to say something about the distance that different elements of American society have taken away. dike. each other since the beginning of the century. Defeat in the 2019 final killed Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors three-pointer, but the toss prevailed as the team gained little sympathy. If anything was interesting when it came to Warriors investor Mark Stevens (current net worth: $ 4.5 billion), part of a team of tech moguls and investment investors who own the team, during a side-by-side exchange with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry xist. views in Game 3 – a move that seems to summarize the arrogant, legitimate atmosphere that prevailed over the team and its supporters from the winning 2014-15 championship. At the start of the 2019 season, with the move to a new bright spot, the Warriors’s passing from a crowd of people – the most willing volunteers remembered with their sadness “We Believe” on Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks in the first round . playoffs 2007 – completed for the new establishment of the sport. The team that made Oakland their home, turned their backs on the “bad” side of the Dam and headed headlong into the San Francisco tech elite.
Increased robotic success. But instead, the VC Warriors began to do something they were not annoyed with: they began to lose. So many. Durant went to Brooklyn; Kerry broke his arm and sat outside for a moment; Thompson tore the anterior cruciate ligament, then tore an Achilles tendon, and sat two. The result was two years in the desert. The Warriors entered their flop season, finishing last in the Western Conference in 2019-20 (with a record of 15-50) and again failed in games, despite an improvement in the regular season margin, in 2020-21. . The league, it seems, for the better, is about future seasons that have not been captured by Golden State’s long-time magic brand: teams built around the big men in the paint – your Jameses, your Davises , Your Antetokounmpos – back in fashion. The joy of these Warriors, who are once again resurrected and glorified, is largely a function of how much they have fallen, how much they have suffered, how deeply – to use Green’s own artistic concept – “breastfeeding.” But he also says something about rebuilding a team that has proven he can do it with young talent, without having to rely on the rental light of a superstar like Durant, he says.
Supporting the Warriors’ imminent victory in Game 6 was the 21-0 run that the team lost 12-2 after the first few rounds. There needs to be a series that has been marked by the unusual inconvenience of scoring goals – Boston’s return in the last quarter of Game 1 will live on for a long time – the longest NBA Finals game in 50 years was taken for a long time. But most interesting in this devastating wave was the identity of its orchestrators: not Curry or Thompson, but Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, who put together a series of three large cells, tornadoes and critical blocks to take over the game – and the championship – definitely far from the Celtics. These Rising Warriors are not only talented but talented, and the impact seems to be totally burning on the team. Thompson, despite playing his best bottom line in this series, has shown enough to suggest that he is on his way back to the 2015-18 peaks. Tewra Green, the team’s war horse, appears in a renewed form. The old trick is still there – the arm, the stick, the butt hitting hard on the side – and the garbage talk remains unrivaled, even in victory (there was a typical NBA chest description of the victory as “Invited Fighters”). . podium last night), but the effect is now curious: seeing a man doing his job again after these few years away is like watching an old mom go crazy on TV because it doesn’t work well.
And then there’s Curry, still running after 13 NBA seasons, still a boy at 34 – the man whose guard is constantly hanging from his mouth, and the ball is always in the way in the net ye. For all the light of the next generation of Warriors, this victory was built on the back of the Curry monsters in Games 4 and 6. After Game 5 of which one of the most Curry free – a true collective thing – the maestro’s hands returned to him. last night: not for the first time in the NBA Finals, and certainly not for the last, the second half of the game was its own sports air system like a gentle, endless rain of three coming from the fingertips of Wardell Stephen Curry II. But Curry was a killer in these finals without the ball in his hand, even when he fired a bad shot to elevate his teammates: Game 5, Curry’s teammates fired 63% of the field while he was on the court 22% when he left the job, a long-running trend. If these Warriors have suddenly become volunteers, it is because they are taking such an obvious pleasure from working for each other.
Most of the credit for this renewed, sense of solidarity and solidarity after Durant’s among the Warriors should undoubtedly come from Kerr. It is easy to make fun of Kerr’s political advocacy – a sense of loyalty that is associated with his frequent interventions in arms control, racial justice, or Donald Trump’s presidency. It is very easy to question the sincerity of these political commitments, given his fearless neutrality in the rise of NBA tensions with China in 2019 (a position he has since said he regrets). But in a country where few professional sports personalities are actively opposed to progressive causes, Kerr’s much-publicized publicity for his policies is far superior to anything that offers alternatives. Aside from being a very effective coach, Kerr maintains a majestic, gentle and dignified presence within the sport – an anchor that captures the opportunity of people associated with super-egos based on some vague notion of reality.
This Warriors championship crowns the third largest team of the Kerr era. The 2014-15 champions were the team of the revolution, a group of young radicals around who overthrew the old order of basketball and changed the way the sport was played forever. The two-time 2016-18 champions were the dominant team, a death star who shook his opponents to the ground in a relentless and relentless march to victory. This vintage of the Warriors is an innovation team, a group that stands in the collective joy of recovering from an illness that appears to be thermal. Still, to be clear, there are many reasons why neutrals do not like the team returning from a San Francisco beach. Their style of play does not change, their collective mastery of three points does not diminish with anger. And they are still franchises designed to entertain and enrich start-up investors on Amazon and Palantir. But somehow, despite all this, this Warriors team feels different, in a less unconventional way, from the backward champions of Durant and their counterparts. If American special skill is a gift for enduring revival – a skill for a second act, adapting to a new marriage – the Warriors this season may still be the most basic NBA American champions.