Unlike last season, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 games, winning the NBA Championship. Their 2nd in a matter of three years, the Warriors have become the love-or-hate team of the NBA. They’ve been seen as villains since the beginning of the season, something they don’t need or deserve.
Before we start, I don’t see the Warriors as a super team. Yes, I think they have a talented roster and a lot of stars, but they’re not a superteam. They weren’t built to win championships as evidenced by last year. Durant didn’t sign with them so they could become a superteam. Superteams are built specifically for the purpose of winning and I don’t think the Warriors are like that.
I see the Warriors as a team who knows how to compete but have fun. They are a pretty young team who is having fun, on and off the court. They have a lot of talented guys including Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson. Each of the three set records at some point this season but didn’t make a big deal about it. They continued to grind and make plays to help secure their spot in the playoffs.
The other issue I see with vilifying the Warrior is they deserved to win. After a year of constant taunting and blowing 3-1 lead jokes, they wanted revenge. You can only hear a joke so many times before it gets old and it wasn’t always joking. They were constantly being questioned about it, having to talk about it or constantly making jokes about it themselves. That had to be tiring especially for a team who was so focused on achieving that same goal this year.
You don’t see people vilifying the Cavs. They have one of the most impressive players in basketball, Lebron James. James has essentially built a super team around himself and no one bats an eyelash. Since it’s Lebron, he’s allowed to do it and let’s not forget when he went to Miami and built his own superteam. Why is it okay for Lebron to be part of a “superteam” but not for the Warriors? There isn’t any difference and it’s frustrating to see people blasting the Warriors for it.
What I really love about Golden State is they take it all in stride. If they’re portrayed as villains, they play the part, flawlessly. They leave everything on the court and then throw some shade off the court. Most recently, Draymond Green wore his “Quickie” shirt in reference to the Cavs arena, demonstrating how the Warriors uprooted the Cavs out of their own stadium. It was also a callback to James who wore an “Ultimate Warrior” t-shirt last year during their victory parade.
It’s so funny how when the Cavs did it, everyone laughed. Now the Warriors are doing it and we’re getting think pieces about how Green’s an idiot. Either way, the Warriors deserved to win. They outplayed the Cavs, got their revenge and can celebrate their victory as much or as little as they please. Vilifying them is pointless and only helps them in the end.