Asked Draymond Green if they know it's inevitable that it'll be GSW-CLE in the Finals: "Nah, it's not inevitable. We've lost a lead before."— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) May 21, 2017
This quote by Green is a far cry from everything the Golden State Warriors have embodied for the past three years: Arrogance.
To start the 2014-2015 NBA season, the Warriors went 21-2. It was an impressive feat by a young team with a new coach that had primarily constructed its roster through the draft. The Warriors were The Association’s success story and everyone was enamored by not only their playing style and success but by the way in which they won: With class and grace. That all changed, however, in the ensuing months and years.
Since the start of the 2014 season, the Warriors have become harder and harder to root for and easier and easier to dislike. In a sense, they’re the modern day Bad Boy’s based on their approval ratings outside the Bay Area.
The Warriors have shown their arrogance on numerous occasions. Here’s a comprehensive list of every major instance in which the Warriors arrogance has been on full display:
Instance One: Drunk Dray
Above is a video of Draymond Green who is undeniably one of, if not the most, unbearable players in the NBA. In the video, Green denounces the Cavaliers for losing to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals and even goes as far as to say the Cavaliers “suck.”
Apparently, Green has no idea the Warriors beat an undermanned Cavaliers team whose second best player was…Matthew Dellavedova. When the two teams matched up a year later with both teams relatively healthy, the Warriors…blew a 3-1 lead! So congrats on making yourself look like an arrogant ass, Dray.
Instance Two: Light Years Ahead
This is my favorite instance of the Warriors arrogance. It just goes to show that the Warriors player’s arrogance is likely learned from the organization’s management. Let’s call it trickle-down-arrogance.
In a March article published by the New York Times, Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob said the Warriors are “light years ahead of their competition.” Lacob went on to say that “none of the Warriors success is an accident.”
The assertion that the Warriors success isn’t an accident is one of the most comical of the 21st century.
I’m not sure if anyone knows or remembers this but the Warriors were set to begin the 2014-2015 season — the one in which they took off — with David Lee as their starting power forward. Luckily for the Warriors, Lee got hurt which opened the door for Green to accept a larger role. The Warriors soon realized Green fit the style they wanted to play with much better than Lee did.
You know what that’s called? That’s called dumb luck. The Warriors fell ass backward into giving Green a larger role. They did it because they had to. They didn’t do it because they outsmarted anyone. It was a flat out accident.
You know what else the Warriors fell ass backward into? Let me tell you.
During Stephen Curry’s third year in the league, he suffered through major ankle issues that caused him to miss 56 games. When he was due for a new contract a year later, guess what? He was labeled injury prone. Teams — including the Warriors — weren’t willing to spend top dollar on a point guard they figured would likely get hurt anyway. So, the Warriors lucked into — yet again — signing Curry to a deal worth $44 million over 4 years.
Green and Curry are about 90 percent of the reason for the Warriors success over the past three years and it’s 90 percent luck that they’re both in the roles they’re currently in making the money they currently make. It has little to do with Lacob and his self-proclaimed brilliance.
Instance Three: Champagne
In late January of 2016, the Warriors were headed to Cleveland for the first time since they hoisted the trophy there the previous June. What did Curry have to say about the scheduled trip? He was just hoping it still smelled like champagne in the visiting locker room.
Yet another arrogant sentiment uttered by a member of the Golden State Warriors. Sadly for Curry, the Cavaliers popped champagne in his arena just a few months later.
Instance Four: It’s a Man’s League
I’m going to make this short. After the Warriors went up 3-1 on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals, Klay Thompson had this to say:
And LeBron responded by saying:
And here’s what LeBron’s done in the playoffs since:
LeBron since GSW went up 3-1:— nick wright (@getnickwright) May 20, 2017
13 Ws 0Ls
Smart move, Klay! Well played.
Green’s comments the other night regarding inevitability were a breath of fresh air. It was the first time in a long time a member of the Warriors made a comment that didn’t come off as totally arrogant. Maybe the Warriors are finally learning a nonstop flow of arrogance isn’t the way to go. But then again, a dead clock’s right twice a day.