The Golden State Warriors won their second NBA title in three seasons Monday, this after going 16-1 in the postseason.
So, in review, here are the last three seasons for the Warriors: NBA title, 73 wins, NBA title.
Not bad. Rick Barry doesn’t see Golden State slowing down anytime soon, either.
“There’s no reason why this shouldn’t continue for another five or six years,” the Hall of Famer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “If all of these guys stay healthy and they stay together, this team will be the team to beat in this decade for sure.”
Believer it or not, Steph Curry, at 29, is the elder statesman of the group. Kevin Durant is 28, and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are both 27.
More important than age, however, is personality. The Warriors score off-the-charts in selflessness.
“They have quality people who are more concerned about winning than they are about themselves,” Barry said. “When you play a team sport, you have to put your ego in the closet at the start of the season because it’s no longer about you. It’s about what can you do to help his team to be successful? Sometimes you have to make some sacrifices, and this team is willing to do that. I see no reason why this wouldn’t continue.”
Thompson, for one, has already said he’d rather be part of history than the go-to guy on a mid-level team.
“He’d rather be on a team that has a chance to win championships than going out there and having to be the guy someplace else,” Barry said. “It’s not about money anymore. They make so much money now. How much money do you need to leave the incredible West? They have a chance to be a part of history. They have a chance to be one of the great teams in the history of professional basketball. I hope that they all stay together and they do that and (that) they’re blessed enough to stay healthy. They’re really fun to watch. I love watching this basketball team play.”
The Warriors showed grit in Game 5. They went from down eight to up 17 in a flash and held off a furious Cavs rally in the fourth quarter to win 129-120. And Durant, who averaged 35.2 points against the Cavs and was named Finals MVP, is finally an NBA champion.
Barry, who was Finals MVP for the Warriors in 1975, had no problem with Durant leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State.
“Absolutely not,” Barry said. “He did what any athlete would do. Your objective is to be a champion. He had an opportunity to go someplace where he was going to better his chances of being a champion. He didn’t need money. He already had great individual accomplishments. And now he gets a chance to be a champion.”