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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

Hard to answer this question as I never stopped believing the Dubs were still the same team that made 5 finals in a row, even after KD left, Andre got traded, and S Dot retired. The end of last season though was a resounding proof for this core's ability to compete at the highest level if the team-building was right.

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May 29, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot, Daniel Hardee

When Eric broke down our shape shifting defense early in the season. This team was already clicking so early, it felt like something special.

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New thread for the day and watching Game 7 at https://dubnationhq.com/p/dub-nation-hq-rooting-guide-eastern?sd=fs

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May 29, 2022·edited May 29, 2022

lololol

https://mobile.twitter.com/DominickNBA/status/1530345311666724864

Not sure which is more amusing — that anyone would “aggressively pursue” DLo, or that “aggressive pursuit” consists of Kemba and Fournier.

Think the Wolves would consider an offer of Wiggins and Kuminga?

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Even more amusing than the Cavs trying to get Wiggins.

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That the T-Wolves would consider a package of Kemba and Fournier is the more amusing. Say what you will about DLo, but he actually played 65 games, his team made it to the playoffs and they acquitted themselves fairly well. Getting DLo wouldn't make the Knicks better, but it wouldn't make them worse either.

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And DLo would not contribute anymore to Coach Thibs than Kemba & Fournier combined. lol He would still lose his mind every game.

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

Now do one asking us when we knew the Lakers team this year was going to really suck!

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

Easy, when they traded for Westbrook

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May 29, 2022·edited May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

In a way, I always believed this 2021-22 team was a title contending squad. But with a caveat: as long as Klay came back and did at least 75% of the Klay things he used to do.

I felt, and still truly feel, like this team and the organization behind it truly didn’t care for maximizing last year. Because they knew that not having a max-salary player contribute a single second was going to sink any realistic chance of winning the title. And this team doesn’t do all-in moves (trades, cuts, personnel changes) just to get to the second round (like they would have maxed out at last year thanks to injuries and availability).

This organization hunts for titles. Nothing less. And if they believed this was going to be a more realistic and worthy year for this team to contend in than last year(injuries, etc.) who was I to bellyache about why they didn’t do everything in their power to maximize winning last year?

And the front office were proven right in the end. They have a young set of players worthy of a successful teardown/rebuild… only they DIDN’T tear it down, instead keeping almost all the key elements of the dynasty years. They are on position to be that rare/unique dynasty with a tomorrow team’s young future talent.

The sky is the limit, now and going forward. Most teams would kill for one or the other. Embrace and enjoy it, guys.

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May 29, 2022·edited May 29, 2022

For some reason this morning I thought of a timeline where a journeyman Stephen Curry announces his retirement after playing a solid but unremarkable career as the #6 draft for the Timberwolves. He did OK as a PG but because of his early injuries he had to fight for minutes coming off the bench as a spot up shooter and never lived up to the comparisons of his more talented father Dell.

How easily things could have been different...

EDIT: Just to clarify if it was missed. I was imagining IF Curry never got drafted by the Warriors, never got paired up with Klay and Dray, which means he never got the green Lightyears to chuck it up from anywhere, never revolutionized the game with his off Kerrball movement, and we would never have witnessed this team and the run that they are on... As @WastingCurrysPrime! was saying. Appreciate these guys (and life itself) because of ALL the dominoes that fell just the right way to make it the way it is.

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That's a terrible thought to have on a beautiful Sunday morning.

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I think at worst Steph would have a Dame Lillard career (so far). Dazzling but his team never got close to being relevant.

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

For me it was when they dominated the boards early in the year. We missed the playoffs in the season before because we were among the worst rebounding teams in the league last season, so when they fixed that problem in the best way possible, it was clear to me that championship contention was back on the menu. Then I lost that trust when Klay returned and was rubbish, fearing he'd tank the entire team trying to get his shot back, but regained it once he got somewhat back on form and played better in the team concept in the final closing games and in the opening round against Denver.

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

When they made the DLo - Wiggins trade; you could see Ohhhh, so they are going back to the template with a shiny Harrison Barnes 2.0! Couldn't see a viable contender with a ball dominant non-Steph point guard on the team, but clearly the FO knew what they were doing. I guess if you say Light Years, it's because you already had a plan 12 trillion miles ago...

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

Hell yeah, which is I don't understand why fans try to undermine this FO. Its your one brain vs a think tank full of forward thinkers with a single goal in mind of generating revenue by way of winning championships. I mean... what more could any fan ask for? No other franchise in American sports is shooting for the stars the way our beloved GSW are

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

When they beat Memphis at the end of the regular season last year and made the play-ins. You could see the growth around Curry and Green and knew they had a lot of winning left in them. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I took it for granted Klay would be Klay, Poole would be even better, and Wiggs would fit like a glove. I’ll admit that I thought Lee, JPA and Wiseman would be a greater part of the story - but I’m such a homer, I knew they’d go deep this year.

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

Klay’s first game back. Without him we were excellent, with him contenders. No one really knew how he’d play and although he struggled for a while, we had added an all-time great mid season and no one else had. Klay is still not his old self but some of these playoff moments have been Splash Bros Go Nuts and when that happens trophies get handed out. (Hi from Israel. )

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv0jvYMkvvE

Don't even put this thought into the universe Nick Young. Jordan Poole in a Laker's uniform makes me want to vomit. Also, I disagree with what he said that Poole is ready for his "own team". I mean, yeah he can easily be a leading scorer for an ehhhh team right now but I still think he's a year or two away from being a #1 on a playoff team.

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May 29, 2022·edited May 29, 2022

Man you had me nervous. Then I watched it. 1st Swaggy says they're (warriors) gonna pay them all THEN he says the other crap. 2nd these a bunch of lakers fan boys. They were also trying to get Klay in that discussion. This is the kind of drivel you get with the internet being all egalitarian an sh*t: anyone can publish anything.

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I think JP understands what a unique situation he has lucked into. He's not going anywhere.

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“Poole is ready for his own team! He should go play with LeBron!” That’s not how any of this works.

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Life away from Steph is a lot harder for any scorer vs life with. We’ve seen it with both superstars and role players.

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

I picked them to be the 3rd seed before the season started as I thought they could hang around .500 until Thompson and Wiseman got back and would then finish strong which ... is the pretty much the exact opposite of what happened.The Bulls game was probably the one that made me think the Warriors were going to have a deep playoff run as pretty much everybody in the media was on the Bulls bandwagon.

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

July 2016.

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May 29, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot, Daniel Hardee

When Eric told me he loved me.

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Game one. And as the season went along, the #lightyears masterplan became more evident. Disappointed by Steph's shooting slump and the injuries to Dray & Steph. But they were both able to come back and quickly get into the flow again. Klay's return makes me very happy. Now to get GPII and OPJ back for the finals. And peaking at the right time for four more Dub wins!!

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May 29, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

For me, it was when they closed out last season so strong. “Give me that team, PLUS Klay? I’m in.”

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That, plus the offseason additions that made perfect sense to add depth to that style, and the hot start that proved proof of concept.

My only doubts this year related to injury. Hard to know they’d all get healthy and come together in the playoffs like they did

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