With free agency mostly in the rearview mirror, no NBA team has significantly closed the gap on the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
With free agency mostly in the rearview mirror, no NBA team has significantly closed the gap on the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
With the ongoing truth-bending debate about the sweeping power of the almighty Warriors, it’s time for the bi-weekly history lesson, with contributions from those who actually lived it.
For her 2011 series Come With Me, UK-based artist Ellie Davies (previously) constructed pathways through the New Forest in the South of England where she grew up.
It was still dark one morning early this year when Joe Lacob, the majority owner of the Golden State Warriors, drove his Mercedes station wagon through the Stanford University campus.
Long before the confetti cannons burst, before Kevin Durant danced and Stephen Curry shimmied in a storm of yellow crepe paper, long before they were christened as champions, the Golden State Warriors earned an exhaustive list of labels. And maybe too talented for the good of the NBA.
To create a superteam, you need good timing, good draft picks, and a lot of luck. Here are the random and not-so-random events that created the Golden State juggernaut.A lot can happen in five years.
Get all of Chris Ballard's columns as soon as they’re published. Download the new Sports Illustrated app (iOS or Android) and personalize your experience by following your favorite teams and SI writers. OAKLAND, Calif. — The call came from the Chief of Police on the afternoon of Dec.
Spending time with Stephen Curry & Co., Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly found that the Warriors don't just dominate. They also delight, enthrall—and inspire. IT'S NOT GOING TO LAST, of course, this team, this moment, this selfie of pure unselfishness.
After a whirlwind summer (and fall!), it's useful to zoom out, breathe deep and take stock of where everyone stands heading into the new season. Here is our next big preseason tradition: plopping all 30 teams into tiers.
You might not know this, you might not believe it but once upon a time, the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship. The big day happened in the spring of 1975, well before things like cable TV, DirecTV, computers, video games, iPads, iPods, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, e-mails and the Internet.
Those are three of the words LeBron James and Kyrie Irving used to describe the Warriors after the Cavaliers suffered a demoralizing 118–113 Game 3 loss Wednesday night to fall into a 3–0 hole in the NBA Finals.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- By now the folks at Morton's The Steakhouse in Cleveland have the lavish postgame dinner spread for the Golden State Warriors down. There's steak, any way you'd want it. Gigantic platters of salad. A raw bar with jumbo shrimp, crab and lobster around a fancy ice sculpture.
It wasn't that long ago when Stephen Curry's NBA future seemed in doubt, as he was constantly plagued by ankle issues. In the 2011-2012 season, Curry managed only 26 games and had sprained his ankle five times.
OAKLAND, Calif. — There was a span on Friday night, barely more than a minute, when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant drained 3-pointers on three straight possessions against the Portland Trail Blazers. It was just an N.B.A.
Even warm Januaries are winter, and for people who enjoy basketball, nothing in recent memory has brightened the long season like the rise of the irresistible Golden State Warriors. This is partly due to their diminutive long-range shooting guard, Stephen Curry, a human trebuchet who leads the N.B.
The Golden State Warriors set an NBA single-season record this year with 73 wins and are currently facing the Cleveland Cavaliers for the championship. Part of the reason for that success can likely be attributed the team's use of tech to track player performance and physical activity.
The NBA is teeming with talent from the backcourt to the frontcourt, but even as space and versatility have changed the way we evaluate player roles, there still is no position that captures the fan imagination quite like the point guard.
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OAKLAND, Calif. —Maybe a kid on a tree swing somewhere is having as much fun as Steph Curry is. Every shot he puts up seems newly invented.
After securing his seventh consecutive appearance in the N.B.A. finals, LeBron James, considered by some to be approaching Michael Jordan’s level of greatness, spent his postgame interview last Thursday talking about getting ready for “the juggernaut out West.
The Golden State Warriors didn't start thinking about putting Matt Barnes back in one of their uniforms until Kevin Durant hyperextended his knee last month. But Barnes had been thinking about it ever since, well, he took it off 10 years ago.
It was always going to end this way. The Warriors can shoot and outscore teams, and the Warriors can ruin teams with defense. They can go small with Draymond at center, they can go big and rotate Festus Ezeli with Andrew Bogut. They can go fast, or they can go warp speed.
As the National Basketball Association’s 72nd season beckons, let’s briefly pause in admiration of the sauciest off-season in history. They all tried so hard — front-office deal makers, power-wielding stars, even the commissioner’s office. In nearly every corner of the N.B.A.
OAKLAND — Steve Kerr’s wet hair was spiked into a mohawk, Kevin Durant’s champagne goggles still hung around his neck, and Stephen Curry’s championship hat was still perched backward on his head, and yet the painful memories from last year and the jubilation of the present
CRISIS IS A RELATIVE TERM when a team is 31-5, but on a Friday night in January, the Warriors are struggling with issues of identity. Having watched their 23-point lead over Memphis dwindle to two in the closing minute of regulation, they simply don't know what kind of basketball they want to play.
The narrative going into the 2016-17 Warriors season was how unfair it was that one of the best teams of all time added one of the best players of all time to become unstoppable.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors have become the main attraction in the NBA over the past four years. But in the midst of their impressive run, Stephen Curry's 20-minute pregame ritual has become its own sight to behold.
NEW ORLEANS — Late in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, Eric Housen sensed that something was amiss as he sorted through gear in the visiting locker room at the Smoothie King Center.
On the surface, Golden State’s dramatic, last-minute, “Ha-ha, we lied to you!” lineup change didn’t really work.
The Golden State Warriors are bad for basketball. Yeah, I said it. And the absurd thing is I might even believe it.
What we know is: The Warriors are incredible. They were incredible during the regular season, and only got more incredible in the playoffs.
David West sat in the Golden State Warriors’ locker room stunned by what he had read. It wasn’t the box score of the Warriors’ 36-point blowout of his former team, the San Antonio Spurs, in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
I’m not going to the Warriors ground-breaking ceremony. This is about siding with the frustrated and angry fans who can’t shake the sting. This is about being in unison with those who don’t see the Warriors’ move as a good thing, just one last, final slap in the face.
In the age of superteams and super-duper teams,1 the Golden State Warriors built the ultimate doomsday machine when they added Kevin Durant in free agency last summer. Winning a championship this year seemed — and ultimately was — inevitable.
The Warriors are not best team in the NBA. The Cavs are not the best team in the NBA. The only true NBA powerhouse is the #TNTBulls, as Chicago won their 18th consecutive home TNT Thursday night game. The Bulls beat the Warriors 94–87 to extend a streak that dates back to 2013.
As the Golden State Warriors sat in their locker room a year ago, digesting the final loss of the worst collapse in NBA history, Andre Iguodala stood and said he wanted to address the group. Iguodala rarely does this, according to several members of the team. Everyone stopped.
It was exactly a year ago when teammates first noticed a change in Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors had just witnessed Kevin Durant suffer a knee injury, which immediately cast doubt on the team's chances of advancing to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year.
As yellow confetti poured down from Oracle Arena's rafters, Andre Iguodala leapt onto the scorer's table in front of 20,000 fans and stood with his arms upward, soaking in the electric atmosphere.
This ragtag group of guys pictured below just won a berth in the NBA Finals. You can’t blame them for looking as utterly exhausted and depleted as they do in this photo:
Taras Domitro was not a basketball fan when he joined the San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2008. Domitro, who was born in Havana, happened to arrive in the Bay Area one year before the Golden State Warriors drafted Stephen Curry.
Steve Kerr's answer, of course, was "yes." There was no pause to consider how adding Kevin Durant to a 73-win team would affect chemistry. No worry that the four-time NBA scoring champion might disrupt the delicate ecosystem he'd created. Kerr needed no convincing.
Try to remember Stephen Curry in 2013: before the championships, before the worldwide acclaim, before the podium memes, before he was Steph. Picture him on this very day five years ago. He was still baby faced, clean shaven but for a little patch covering his chin.
How Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson became the NBA’s best backcourt and helped the Golden State Warriors to the top of the league’s standings While rain pelts downtown Oakland, Klay Thompson finds shelter inside the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility.
The first time I saw my boss, Nate Silver, give a talk was at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. As usual, he was going on about numbers and statistics, but what stuck with me longest wasn’t quantitative.
LEVELLAND, Tex. — Steve Green, the men’s basketball coach at South Plains College, was recovering from an up-and-down season last summer when he decided he needed to make a change.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers looked ready to play as he waited in the parking lot of San Quentin State Prison. He had on the generic green practice jersey his team was wearing, equally simple black basketball shorts with black compression tights underneath that covered his knees.
Last June, Jermaine O’Neal stood in his living room, watching what could have been. On his flat screen, old teammates hopped and hugged and celebrated. After a 40-year drought, the Warriors were NBA champions.
Five questions we have for the Western Conference finals moving forward — most of them hinge on the status of Kawhi LeonardWe might have been robbed of a classic playoff series on Sunday.
The Golden State Warriors are as much an anomaly on the books as they are on the court. The NBA’s salary cap spike in 2016 made it all possible; what had been a championship team became, by way of new league revenue, a championship team with room to add a max contract.
This story appears in the May 15, 2017 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. To subscribe to the magazine, click here. In the winter of 1994, as the vaunted Knicks trudged through a tedious West Coast road trip, Pat Riley cut a deal with his potent but listless team.
Kevin Durant kept it “100” about his decision to join the Golden State Warriors. After a five-year hiatus, Durant is one win shy from returning to the NBA Finals with the Warriors.
They did not fly out to The Hamptons last July to plot out a quick-flip, damn-the-future, short-term plan.
All it took was one swing of one foot to change the history of the NBA. Draymond Green, driving to the hoop with serious intention, got fouled by Steven Adams. A routine play in a hard-fought playoff series became so much more when Green put his leg out and cracked Adams in the crotch.
In the video above, Neil Paine discusses the Warriors’ historic march through the postseason.
There’s a moment during his conversation about athletes and activism at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government when Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green seems to shift his weight.
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Oct. 30 NBA Preview issue. Subscribe today! The sanctuary for the early check-ins, the merely laid-over and the maddeningly delayed is tucked between Gates 25 and 26 in Terminal 2 at Oakland International Airport.
Ever since July 4, 2016—the day Kevin Durant announced he was leaving Oklahoma City to sign with the Golden State Warriors—the NBA has been plagued by whispers that it would become fatally boring. The Warriors will win the next four, five, or six titles.
Stephen Curry had to wait one year. Ever since Kyrie Irving hit the dagger 3 to send the Golden State Warriors reeling, he has had something to prove.
We’ll need a few more years to know where this team stands among the best of all time, but after making history with the highest win percentage in any title run ever, Golden State has put itself in excellent position to claim GOAT statusThere won’t be a singular moment that defines the Warriors
Jerry West and the fraternity of California N.B.A. championship ring bearers — Bay Area chapter — win again.
Starting at noon on Feb. 23, the town of Arlee, Mont., evacuated. Most of its 600-odd residents drove 70 miles south through Missoula and then into the Bitterroot Valley, a river corridor full of subdivisions, trailers, exclusive private communities and ammunition stores.
Bleacher Report joined the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors for their recently completed seven-city, 14-day road trip.
“The path of the spiritual warrior is not soft and sweet. It is not artificially blissful and pretend forgiving. It is not fearful of divisiveness. It is not afraid of its own shadow. It is not afraid of losing popularity when it speaks its truth.
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OAKLAND, Calif. — A couple of hours before Game 2 of the N.B.A. finals, I watched Kevin Durant go through a balletic exercise. The latest superstar addition to the Golden State Warriors balanced on one foot about 18 feet from the basket.
After the Warriors accomplished the inevitable — winning a championship with relative ease after adding superstar Kevin Durant to a 73-win core — there were two natural questions looming for the rest of the NBA: What will it take to dethrone this budding dynasty