- Location: San Francisco, California, USA
- Home court: Chase Center
- G.M: Bob Myers
- Coach: Steve Kerr
- Star: G Steph Curry
- 2021 Season: 53-29, won the NBA Championship by beating the Boston Celtics in six games.
- NBA Titles: Seven, 1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2022
- Greatest Player: C Wilt Chamberlain.
- Factoid: The Warriors have posted the best regular season record in league history (73-9 in 2016 and the best postseason record (16-1, 2017).
More often than not, here’s the rub with teams that achieve dynasty status – they’re not very-well liked. Which is what makes what the Golden State Warriors are doing truly remarkable. They are so damn easy to root for.
It starts with coach Steve Kerr, who became the favorite son of Arizona in 1984. As a college basketball player for the Wildcats, he showed remarkable grace and dignity when after learning his father, Malcolm, president of the American University of Beirut had been assassinated in Beirut, Kerr continued to have a fantastic career.
Then there’s the team star, Steph Curry. He didn’t play for a college power such as Duke or Kansas or Kentucky or North Carolina. Curry was considered undersized at 6-foot-2, 185 and played at Davidson, a small, liberal arts school in North Carolina.
Another team star, Klay Thompson, missed the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons with a torn ACL and then a torn Achilles tendon. He returned for the 2021-2022 season and averaged 20.4 points in 32 regular-season games. He then played all 22 games in the playoffs as the Warriors won their fourth title in seven years.
Sure, the emotion and combustible power forward known as Draymond Green can be a bit too much at times. And Jordan Poole can be a bit of a pest. But the way the Warriors move the ball and knock down 3’s is a thing of beauty.
You don’t have to root for the Warriors. But it’s damn hard to root against them.