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Everything is changing; do the Warriors have enough to fight on, or do they make a trade?
Can this group get it done? The rest of the NBA is in a massive arms race.
Change is upon us. New normals are being established.
For generations of basketball fans used to seeing the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the top of the NBA’s All-Time scoring list, it may be jarring to see LeBron James’ name supplanting KAJ after 40+ years of the record standing.
And for Laker fans hopeful that pairing former MVP Russell Westbrook with James and Anthony Davis would bring another title, it must be bittersweet to watch Westbrook get shipped out before the trade deadline to the Utah Jazz. Well, let’s be honest, most Laker fans were tired of that dude anyway lmao. But damn, speaking of change and new normals, how crazy is it that the former MVP has been around from team to team like a blunt at a Snoop Dogg studio session?
And for Brooklyn Nets fans who were already penciling in championships when they assembled the mighty trio James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant, it has to be sickening watching all of them force their way out via trades. Most recently Irving landed in Dallas, while KD is a brand new Phoenix Sun.
For Golden State Warriors fans used to seeing Steph Curry and company punish the league for at least 50 wins a year, it’s hard to get watching this team flounder around the .500 mark this season. Curry is out for the second time this year with a serious injury, and the players around him haven’t galvanized together in the Strength In Numbers way we’re used to…yet.
As the NBA’s trade deadline nears to a close today, Dub Nation has to be wondering how Golden State’s next move will be their best move. Does GM Bob Myers try to ship out the young players in a trade to get some more veteran help? Or does he package up one of his core players like Klay Thompson or Draymond Green to find an All-Star?
It’s bizarre to think that just last summer the Warriors were having a parade right down Market Street, with confetti in the air, and fans brawling in the street as Hennessy coursed through their veins.
I remember that day like it was yesterday, walking through the Tenderloin holding hands with my date, the championship belt strapped to her waist. It was the most perfect sunny day in the Bay, and I’m sure lots of couples whooped it up for the champs.
Now it’s February, and Valentine’s Day is coming up. And let me tell you something: if you don’t have V-Day lined up and planned out, it’s probably damn near irrelevant how fun it was on parade day.
Similarly, as much as I’d love to fixate on the champs taking the world by storm last summer, the trade deadline is upon us. And if the Dubs stand pat, trust in their core chemistry and fight through adversity together, it will be the most beautiful story in sports. But if they can’t do that, we’ll all look back on this season as a series of soul crushing What Ifs that will loom as the playoffs approach.
I love it. I love the tension. I love the doubts. I love the opportunity to create new normals and I embrace the change. I can’t wait to see how the Warriors respond in the face of adversity, and how they bond together when all seems lost. Is there anything more inspiring than overcoming sure defeat by working together?
This is the reason we watch sports; to help us understand ourselves and the game of life better. Dub Nation be not not afraid of the unknown…but sure, it’s always best to have a plan if possible. What’s the Warriors plan? SOMEBODY TELL ME RIGHT NOW DAMMIT!