If Golden State sweeps the entire playoffs they’re the greatest NBA team of all-time
The Warriors dismantled the Cavs for the second straight games of the 2017 NBA Finals, and although Cleveland was able to mount a comeback and win the the title last year, this year feels different.
Colin thinks that if the Warriors sweep the Cavs and 16-0 -or drop a game and end up 15-1 – in the Playoffs, he would consider them the greatest team in NBA history.
Even though the series truly isn’t over until the Cavs drop a home game, it isn’t clear how the hometown Cleveland crowd can guard Kevin Durant. The face melting offensive pace of the new look Warriors has rendered LeBron James powerless to stop it, despite putting up eye popping stats.
Colin thinks this version of the Warriors is the most skilled collection of offensive talent ever assembled by an NBA team, and although they are not to the level of the ’96 Bulls defensively, they’re well above average.
That’s the best best basketball team, professionally, I’ve ever seen. They’ve lost one game since March.
Michael Jordan was pushed to six games by Indiana teams that never won a title. New York teams with one shooter.”
The Warriors are the millennial superteeam
The Warriors’ domination of the Cavs has been total, and it’s been fueled by the young stars’ millennial mentality. Colin sees the organizational philosophy of offense based on sharing and ball movement, and a star of Steph Curry’s caliber to encourage the signing of Kevin Durant in the offseason, as mirroring the progressive philosophies surrounding them in Silicon Valley.
Traditionally, stars have worried about what adding an arguably superior star to their roster would do to their stat lines, Curry and the rest of the existing trio have all sacrificed for the greater good.
Past NBA stars have criticized the formation of the Warriors and questioned the nobility of winning with such a stacked roster. Millennials don’t see it that way. They see a history of stars without rings, and players who would rather be a franchise player than accept a smaller role with a contender. They don’t see honor in beating your head against a wall.
If the Warriors go full millennial and all accept less money to keep the roster together, and add high end ring chasers on the cheap, the Warriors could become the NBA’s Google for the foreseeable future and LeBron’s going to keep bringing Yahoo! to the Finals.
Chris Mannix – NBA writer for The Vertical is in-studio to break down Game 2 of the NBA Finals; why he thinks no one can stop the Warriors; why the Warriors could be the new destination for ring chasers; why a player like Zach Randolph could end there; and why Cleveland is totally screwed.
Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Basketball Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio to talk NBA Finals Game 2; why LeBron is to blame for Cleveland’s roster deficiencies; and why Colin is wrong for blaming Durant’s departure to Golden State on Westbrook.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to look break down the Warriors domination of the Cavs in Games 1 and 2; if they could be the best team ever; what Cleveland can do to compete for the next several years; and why a Kevin Love for Paul George trade is a possibility.