For Golden State's Dynasty, the Future Remains Now

Doug Upstone

Monday, June 11, 2018 5:07 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 11, 2018 5:07 PM UTC

With three titles in four years (it should have been 4-for-4) Golden State is a true dynasty. But as is the case with all dynasties, eventually they come to an end. Will 2019 be that year for the Warriors?

For all the greatness of the Golden State Warriors, the most common word used by players and coaches alike just before and after sweeping Cleveland was "challenging". Eventually, we will all be let in on what really happened with Warriors this season. But here's what we do know:

For most of the year, Golden State played uninspired basketball and for a team with four future Hall of Famers, 58 regular-season wins do not sound like much.

After you have a couple rings in a short time, the regular season seems laborious and frankly boring to players wanting championships. Also, with this much talent and in the prime of their individual careers, players actually do believe they can just "flip the switch" and win.

Coach Steve Kerr complained more publicly about his team than at any time in his tenure. Also, let's not forget that if Chris Paul is not injured at the end of Game 5, do we really know that Golden State would beat Houston twice to advance to the NBA Finals?

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Kept it 🔒 Got the 🏆

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 11, 2018

What Does Future Hold For Golden State?

The Warriors are favored to win another title in 2019, listed as 5/4 favorites at SBR's top-rated sportsbooks pre-free agency. They are followed by Houston, Philadelphia, and Boston, with Cleveland nowhere in sight because LeBron James is anticipated to leave.

But if Golden State had issues being motivated this past season, won't those problems be even more difficult going forward? If Kerr was frustrated this year, what about next? As players achieve greater success, they become convinced it is more about them than the coach, which is why the Phil Jacksons and Gregg Popovichs of the world know how to push the right buttons. Is Kerr that kind of coach?

Kevin Durant helped his team by taking a little less money this past season, but chances are he will not this time around. That means the bench situation will be even harder to work out. In addition, Andre Iguodala, David West, Zaza Pachulia and Shaun Livingston will all be at least 33 or older. Does GM Bob Myers roll the dice and go with a younger, less experienced bench, and what might that mean in April, May and June?

Next Season and Beyond

Could Golden State win three or more championships in the next four years? They certainly could. However, Durant wants max money, Klay Thompson is a free agent after next season and Draymond Green the year after that.

Steph Curry will be 31 next season and showed signs of having various ankle injuries mounting. Will this group be pushed enough to seek to be a three-peat champion like the Lakers (2000-02) or the Michael Jordan Bulls (1991-93 and 1995-97) in the more modern era?

Instead of the world finding fault with Golden State, we should be enjoying them, not trying to tear them apart. It's easy to forget, this team was originally assembled with a skinny long-range shooter out of Davidson (Curry), a sharp-shooter from Washington State who lacked explosive quickness (Thompson), and 6-foot-7 power forward from Michigan State (Green).

See ya for now NBA-wise, and we'll be back at it in late October.

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