The NBA season tips off tonight, and the talk of the NBA is the Warriors’ new superteam. Kevin Durant joins a juggernaut that set the NBA record for regular season wins and lost in 7 to LeBron and the Cavs in the Finals just a year ago.
Many experts predict that Golden State, with the addition of KD, will end up hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the year. Colin isn’t among them.
While he thinks Golden State will be a force, and should make it out of the Western Conference to face the Cavs and LeBron in the third edition of their NBA Finals grudge match, he doesn’t think they’ll win a championship in their first year together.
Here are the four reasons why Colin thinks the Warriors won’t win the NBA title this year.
- Chemistry – The Warriors have the three best pure shooters in the NBA. There’s still only one ball, per NBA rules. In the history of the NBA, no one team has had the three best shooters in the league on the same roster. Someone is going to have to step back and give up shots. It’s just math. It’s easy to say it won’t be a problem in the preseason, but how will it play out as the year develops? Also, who’s taking the final shot for the new Warriors? Pippen always deferred to MJ, McHale and Parrish to Bird. With the Warriors, it’s not yet clear. Colin also thinks an unhappy Draymond Green could only compound the chemistry issues of a team that needs to gel as a unit.
2. Where’s the beef? – The Warriors signed Durant, but lost Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezili and Mo Speights in the frontcourt. They don’t have a legitimate rim protector. When Bogut was out in the Finals, the Warriors were dominated by LeBron and a more physical Cavs team. Draymond is going to be seeing heavy minutes at the 5. This may be fine during the regular season, but Playoff basketball is more physical, and in the chess match against the Cavs, who will be waiting at the rim to stop the King?
3. LeBron is a nightmare matchup – LeBron took the Warriors to 6 games in 2015 with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sidelined with injuries, and super-scrub Matthew Dellavedova playing big minutes. Last year, James dominated the Warriors in the Cavs’ historic comeback to win the title. The shot making ability of Kyrie Irving, who also torched the Warriors in the Finals, forces the Warriors to stay honest if they’re inclined to collapse on LeBron. What’s the solution? It’s definitely not Durant.
4. All the pressure is on the Warriors – The first title is always the hardest. LeBron and Wade struggled to win their first title when they joined forces in Miami. The Warriors have a title, but not as currently constituted. The entire basketball world will be micro-analyzing every misstep, and ready to pounce if there is any hint of a problem in the East Bay basketball utopia. How will they handle the pressure? Maybe they can, but It remains to be seen, especially come playoff time.
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— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 25, 2016