For the sixth time in the last eight seasons, the Golden State Warriors find themselves back in the position they have longed for in the past two years- the NBA Finals. Surely, the road to title contention was no walk in the park, but the Dubs managed to reach it without major changes in their roster. And apparently, the plan is not bound to change one bit.
The Dubs don’t need more stars
Speaking to the media in a presser days away from Game 1 of this year’s NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Warriors owner Joe Lacob lifted the lid on their decision to bank on their current stars and not add extra firepower in the past two offseasons.
According to Lacob, the Dubs have faith in their brand, and trading for more stars simply contradicts their process of building a legacy.
“I know we -- I, [general manager Bob Myers], the organization -- took some criticism from some people that we should trade all the draft pieces that we have to get one more great player or whatever,” Lacob told reporters Monday via NBC Sports. “I was very adamant about it, and so was Bob. That was not the path that we were going down.”
“We want to be good for a long time, we want to be great for a long time,” he pointed out.
If there are pros, there are cons
Lacob’s statement was on point, and the fact that the Warriors are now in the NBA Finals once again should be enough to end the narrative that the Dubs can’t win without Kevin Durant. It also goes to show that Lacob and the Warriors front office have made the right decision.
However, we couldn’t help but wonder how long the Warriors can sustain it? Especially now that most teams in the league are going crazy about forming their versions of the so-called “super teams.”
Looking at what’s on hand, Steph Curry is now 34 years old, his Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, meanwhile is 32 as well as Draymond Green. Sooner rather than later, the Dubs’ Big three will deal with father time, and if Lacob is to stick to his plans, Golden State will have to rely on their youngsters - Jordan Poole, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody.
From a team’s standpoint, there’s nothing wrong with banking on the new generation. However, no one can guarantee if the results will be the same. Certainly, there’s still time to really process all this. Until then, the Warriors will focus on winning another championship.
But one thing is undeniable. The decision not to trade Poole, Wiseman, Kuminga, and Moodey for a win-now move will ensure the Warriors don't bottom out once Steph, Klay, and Draymond stop dominating. Every team wants that Spurs-like prolonged success, but the Warriors may be the first to actually pull it off.