|Is This the Year of the Warrior?|
The Warriors, with an unbelievable 67-15 win/loss record (NBA's best this year) start their first Playoff game in a couple of hours against the New Orleans Pelicans. Pelicans? Who names an NBA team the Pelicans, anyway? Well, never mind that for now.
I can only remember one team with a better record going into the Playoffs, and that was MJ's Bulls ... on their way to another NBA Championship.
There are several things to consider here, as I see it.
First, the Warriors have been mediocre at best for so long. They made a run last year under Mark Jackson, who really did a great job as Coach bring out the best in his players. I was upset at his departure, but Kerr is no stranger to basketball and to winning basketball (he played on MJ's Bulls Championship teams and was a 3 point monster). Although there are a few players that were/are better than Kerr at 3's, they are very few and far between; Steph Curry would be one and of course Indiana's killer guard Reggie Miller another.
Next, we have the regrettable and embarrassing 49er meltdown thanks to a moron owner. Who fires the most successful NFL coach in history, anyway. York and his puppet master Baalke, that's who. Egos can be so ridiculously silly and costly. I see a mess for a long time with the Niners. That is both unfortunate and frankly, hurtful. York is such an ass.
Next, we have the SF Giants. They're not off to a good start, but it is only the season's beginning. But never mind all that; it's not an even year, so we can hope for a good season, but not necessarily another Championship there this year.
The Sharks ... well, what can we saw about the Sharks; always the bridesmaid at best. Too bad because they have had good teams capable of winning a Championship, but have always seemed to meltdown when thing got tough.
So, that takes us back to the winningest team in the NBA this year. Can they do it? You betcha they can. Will they do it? I sure hope so. There are no laydowns in Championship NBA games and opponents, but if the Warriors can respect each team they face, and follow the old one game at a time adage, I think we can see the Warriors doing a victory lap in the form of a parade for the new NBA Champs!
I sure hope so. These guys are so much fun to watch and have had such an incredible season.