I don’t want to give too much guidance on this, so I will just throw this question as-is to you and invite you to share your opinion.
If you want to see how Dub Nation Twitter voted, you can peek at:
Okay, personally, I would not do the swap.
First, two is greater than one. Of course the 2016 ring would have counted more than a single ring, maybe more like 1.8 rings, but 2 is still greater than 1.8.
Second, the Warriors story is way more interesting as art with the 2016 last minute loss. To deal with the series loss aftermath without complaint and excuses, that was a test of character. (The players didn’t complain, of course the fans had lots of reasons to complain.) And the 2016 win and bandwagon mob afterwards really exposed a lot of people’s weak character in winning, followed by rather sad whining upon KD’s joining GSW.
And as raw sport, having the lows of right after the 2016 Finals and then to have a 2017 season of revenge was coldly sweet. And if GSW wins in 2016, you don’t get KD coming, so you don’t get the 2016-17 Warriors, which is probably the greatest basketball team to ever play.
Yeah, it wasn’t as emotionally clean as having our homegrown boys grow up and have the greatest season ever, but even that might have been very fraught and may have been a more bitter breakup after 2016. Harrison Barnes was bucking for a max, Bogut and Ezeli were important but declining in health, the whole bench was looking for more money and a bigger role. At least with the KD arrival, everyone understood why the gang was getting broken up.
Would you trade all three titles (2015, 2017, 2018) for a perfect ending to 2016?
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I think I would. I totally understand and half agree with all the people who wouldn't, but here's my reasoning. The 5 year run was amazing and set many weird records, but they barely missed out on a bunch of really rare accomplishments. With a championship, 2016 would have been the best season ever, no debate, no caveat. If they had gone undefeated in the playoffs in 2017 that would have been a feat that could only be equalled, never exceeded. If they had won last year they would have accomplished the oh so rare 3-peat. I really wanted one of those.
One addendum: Many people are saying that if we had won in '16, then no KD. I am not so sure. I saw or read somewhere where he admits that he was thinking of coming up to a year before he actually did. That feels believable to me - especially in light of the way he left where he essentially made up his mind to leave the year before he actually did (according to some reports). Of course, we'll never know for sure ;)
Absolutely. I take 15 & 16. Back to back. Kept every win on the DVR. Warriors' game night at my place was an event every night. Easily the most fun season to follow all year long.
Going to pass time by watching Warrior games I can find on YouTube. First up - 73rd win from 15-16 season.
New thread up for news...
"In an effort to assist those impacted by the NBA’s unforeseen suspension in play, the Warriors ownership, players and coaches have pledged to donate $1 million to a disaster relief fund established by the Warriors Community Foundation. The fund will provide assistance to employees who work games at Chase Center who are adversely impacted by the loss of games. The Warriors employ more than 1,000 part-time employees who work in various functions at each game, including food service, security, guest services, custodial and more.
The NBA announced on March 11 that the 2019-20 season would be suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of the suspension, the Warriors had seven (7) games remaining at Chase Center this season.
“The last few days have been extremely challenging for all Bay Area citizens as we deal with the hourly changes in this unprecedented situation,” said Warriors Co-Executive Chairman & CEO Joe Lacob. “Our players, coaches, ownership and management have been focused on creating a way to assist our part-time employees. We are addressing the potential hardships these hard-working individuals may encounter during this hiatus in the NBA season. While everyone and every business is impacted, those who are fortunate enough to be in a position to help, need to help.”
“The men and women who work our games at Chase Center are critical in providing an incredible game-night experience for our fans, including of course, the popcorn vendors,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “As players, we wanted to do something, along with our ownership and coaches, to help ease the pain during this time.” "
"[Haynes] Golden State Warriors ownership, players and coaches will contribute $1 million to disaster relief fund for Chase Center employees."
I don't think I would. I wish they had won in 2016 and in 2019. But winning championships is hard, and it takes some luck. I'm satisfied with how things came out.
If the Ws had won in 2016, we wouldn't have had Durant and a front row seat to one of the greatest teams in NBA history. Yeah, that story deserved a better ending, but you live by the free agent star, you die by the free agent star...
I'm at peace with the reality of everything (highs and lows). I wholeheartedly believe we'll get one more with the core 3 that will be the sweetest of them all. I also don't think Steph's resume is as strong with 1 less chip so there's that...
"What will the Warriors’ ownership do to help the ushers, vendors, janitors and other Chase Center support staffers survive the loss of income during the current NBA shutdown?
That’s an army of about 1,500 people, paid by the hour when they work, and most are suddenly out of work. The NBA has shut down for at least 30 days, and concerts at Chase are a no-go for at least two weeks, by San Francisco decree.
“We will definitely do something, soon (to assist the workers),” Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob said Thursday, via email. “We have an idea, but (we) have to make sure we can do it.”
Later on, Lacob indicated he will have a plan in place Friday.
Lacob stressed that the team has put a high priority on that matter, but Lacob and others in the front office are frantically dealing with many issues surrounding the NBA’s sudden shut-down, announced Wednesday afternoon."
Yes I would with 1 contingency....that Cleveland never wins a title
I'd take 2015 + 2016 over 15, 17, and 18.
Shame the Warriors dropped Game 4 in 3017 though.
A 16-0 playoff run in 2017 would've matched winning in 2016, imo.
If you asked me right when 2016 ended, sure. But having witnessed our rampage from 2015-2019 with 3 wins out of 5 finals, with the two losses having required divine intervention, I don't see how I'd take 2 out of 5. People will still remember 73-9 in 2016... if we lose or don't make it in 2017 & 2018, those teams will be forgotten.
In my mind, it's choosing between "best team for a year of all-time" or "best team all-time" and I choose the latter.
(And hi, long time lurker from early GSOM days :)
Yes absolutely - trade 17,18 for 16. That 73 win season was magical. Add Championship to it and it becomes once in a lifetime event.
It will awesome if NBCBayAreaSports showed select games from '15-'18 in place of cancelled games.
in this scenario, how do we lose 2017&2018? fair and square? kiki suspensions? career altering injuries to our core players?
I would, definitely. They win that title, there's no doubt it's the greatest full season on basketball in history. That's worth trading two chips for one to me.
I added my own opinion to the post, and added this follow-up question for those who think 2016 > 2017+2018:
Different sport but if I had my way, I'd swap the Tuck Rule win for the 18-1 season. Pats get the greatest season ever in sports but my Raiders win bact to back Superbowls because they were better than the Steelers and Rams in 2001, and Chucky would not have been traded to the Bucs the following year.
No, wouldn't swap. We saw first hand last year how difficult it is to repeat, yet the Dubs did repeat in '18. Plus the loss in '16 made the 8-1 finals against the Cavs that much sweeter in '17 and '18. Throw out the records but keep the rings.
Absolutely! Though it's hard to picture that team losing in 2017 and then not coming back with a vengeance to unleash joyful devastation on the league in 2018.
Should had all three Kiki and Lebron stole that one from us.
Conditional yes, if it meant we get the '16 ring & avoid KD, rebuilding & not appearing in '17 & '18 to win '19. No, if it means we lose 3 straight from '17 to '19.
Absolutely, Greatest team in history title is better than an ordinary title. Still that’s comparing two great choices. But the lessons taken from the 2016 title would have led to better regular seasons throughout the league going forward. Instead 2016 provided fuel to the regular season doesn’t matter crowd and the NBA and it’s fans have been worse off for it. See 2019-2020 ratings before cancellation.
Yes. 100%. No need to think about it for even a second.