The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions once again. Let that sink in - four titles in eight years. All of their success is due to the fact that they’ve drafted well, built their team around their best players, developed a culture, and the most essential part of it all — spend as much money as they can. As a result, the organization has resurrected its dynasty and has the chance to continue ruling the NBA for some time.
Give credit to Joe Lacob
When Joe Lacob bought the Golden State Warriors, his mission was simple: put The Bay on the map amongst the best basketball cities in the world. He promised he’d do everything to make sure the Warriors contend, and true enough, his team ranked number one in payroll expenses this season. It may have taken a lot of time, but credit goes to Lacob for hiring the right general manager and coach, making the right trades, and most importantly, never giving up on his core.
The Warriors could’ve easily given up on Klay Thompson in the past two years and gone on a different trajectory. They were paying him max money through two years of rehab. But they didn’t, and instead, the organization found critical players in the G League, specifically Jordan Poole and Gary Payton II, who both played a significant part in reviving the Warriors dynasty post-Kevin Durant era. The Warriors’ intelligent front office and ownership deserve a lot of praise for this season’s success.
A storybook season
From Steph Curry winning his first Finals MVP to Andrew Wiggins’ first title and Thompson’s fourth championship after two brutal injuries, the script couldn’t have been written better for the Warriors. Just when most of the NBA said that their run was over, the Warriors responded by not only winning the seventh franchise title but also setting themselves up to win more.
The Warriors got to this place by successfully bridging their present and future — something not many teams can do. Instead of trading their draft picks over the past two years for a superstar, Golden State drafted young players, developed them and instilled them in their winning culture. Now, they not only have a competitive roster for the present but also the future.
This wouldn’t have been impossible without Lacob and his executive team, who went all out and trusted the process — from building a culture to drafting the right pieces and developing homegrown talent. All the patience paid off, and once again, the Warriors are the kings of basketball.