Stephen Curry’s Golden State is the newest breed in the NBA

BOSTON – The NBA’s dynasties share some commonalities that helped them tip the scales from being regular championship teams to being remembered for decades.

Among them: Every player has a player of a generation vying for Mount Rushmore in his position.

The 1980s Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics were battling Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Los Angeles Lakers. Michael Jordan ruled the Bulls in the ’90s, then passed a flashing torch — starring here and there, but not twice in a row — to the San Antonio Spurs with Tim Duncan.

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant snuck into the Lakers tri-peat race in the early 2000s.

and then there Were None. There were other players all along – LeBron James of course. James Heat came close to the Premier League by winning the title in 2012 and 2013, but collapsed soon after.

Breeds require more than that.

patience. money. Owners are willing to spend. Above all, it seems, is the ability to “break” basketball and change the way the game is played or perceived. That’s why there were no new dynasties until the Golden State and Stephen Curry Union.

Wearing a white baseball cap for the NBA championship late Thursday, Curry hit the table with both hands in response to the first question of the night from the news media.

“We have four tournaments,” Curry said, adding, “This tournament is definitely different.”

Curry repeated the phrase “different hits” four times during the briefing session – perhaps appropriately. Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala just won their fourth NBA championship in eight years.

“It’s amazing because none of us are the same,” Green said. “You usually bump into people when you are the same. The only constant for us is winning is the most important thing. That is always the goal.”

Golden State won with tough methodical efficiency, like Duncan Spurs. San Antonio won five championships between 1999 and 2014. Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker were all-stars, even though Duncan was in a league of his own. Their championships proliferated—Parker and Ginobili weren’t in the NBA for the first time—but they were a constant threat because of their disciplined supremacy.

“Steve reminds me a lot of Tim Duncan,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who won two championships as a Duncan teammate. “Very different players. But from the point of view of humanity, from the point of view of talent, humility, confidence, this wonderful combination that makes everyone want to win for him.”

Unlike Golden State, the Duncan Spurs effect is more subtle, fitting for a team not known to match. Several assistant coaches Greg Popovich carried the team-oriented culture they saw in San Antonio to other teams as successful head coaches, including Memphis player Taylor Jenkins, Boston’s Amy Udoka, and Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer. Another former Tottenham assistant, Mike Brown, has been Kerr’s assistant for the past six years. For San Antonio, the sacrifice was important above all, both in sharing the ball with precision in attack and in Ginobili’s willingness to accept the bench role at his prime, likely costing himself individual accolades.

Johnson’s Showtime Lakers have embraced creative, fast-paced basketball. The Lakers-Bulls and Bryant popularized the triangle attack favored by their coach Phil Jackson. O’Neill was so dominant that the league I changed the rules because of him. (The National Basketball Association changed the rules because of Jordan, too.)

However, Golden State may have changed the game the most of all of them, having been at the forefront of the 3-point revolution in the 3-point NBA Curry shootout, becoming so ubiquitous that players of all levels try to be like him, making The coaches are frustrated.

“When I go home to Milwaukee and watch my team play and practice training, everyone wants to be Steve,” Golden State player Kevin Looney said. “Everyone wants to shoot a triple, and I’m like, ‘Man, you have to work a little harder to shoot like him. “”

The difference to Golden State is not just Curry, who has had three pointers in his career than anyone else in NBA history. The team also selected Green in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. In an earlier era, he was likely considered too short at 6-foot-6 to play forward, not fast enough to be a goalkeeper. Now, teams are looking to find their own version of Green – an exceptional pass that can defend all five positions. And they often fail.

The dynasties also had skilled self-management coaches, such as the Jacksons in Chicago and Los Angeles, and Popovich in San Antonio.

Golden State Care, who also has three dynasties in common: He won three tournaments as a player with the Bulls, two with Tottenham, and now has four more as head coach for Curry.

In the NBA today, Kerr is a rarity. He’s led Golden State for eight seasons, while in most of the rest of the league, coaches don’t last long. The Lakers recently fired Frank Vogel just two seasons after helping them win a championship. Tyronn Lue coached the Cavaliers for the 2016 championship in his first season as head coach, and went After two seasons Although he reached the finals of the conference at least Three years in a row.

Since it hired Golden State Care in 2014, all but two other teams have changed coaches: San Antonio, who still has Popovich, and Miami, led by Eric Spoelstra.

In a decade of rampant player movement, Golden State has been able to count on continuity to reclaim its place as the king of the NBA, but that continuity is not the result of a superstitious bond between high-level athletes who want to keep winning together. Not quite, anyway.

Golden State has a structural advantage that many franchisees today cannot or choose not to have: an owner in Joe Lacob willing to spend significant amounts of money on the team, including hundreds of millions of dollars in luxury tax to get The highest payroll in the NBA This means that Golden State has built a dynasty in part because its top stars are paid to stay together, rather than relying on management’s fraught decisions about who to keep.

The NBA salary cap system is designed not to let that happen. David Stern, the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association, said a decade ago that to achieve parity, he wanted teams to “share the players” and not collect the stars – Hence the heavy tax penalties for luxuries Lacob. Compare Golden State’s approach to that of the Oklahoma City Thunder, which in 2012 traded young James Harden instead of Pay him to extend an expensive contract. The Thunder would have had their own bloodline with Harden, Russell Westbrook, and – a key part of Golden State’s co-stars – Kevin Durant.

And there’s another factor every breed needs: luck.

Golden State was able to sign Durant in 2016 due to a high temporary salary cap. Winning a championship, or multiple tournaments, requires good health, which is often beyond a team’s control. Thompson missed two years in a row with his leg injuries, but he doesn’t appear to be experiencing setbacks this year after his comeback. Of course, Golden State has also had some bad luck, such as Thompson and Durant’s injuries in the 2019 Finals, which may have cost the team that streak.

The NBA cemetery is full of ‘almost’ and ‘you could have’. Simply Golden State she has – Now for the fourth time. There may be more runs left for Curry, Thompson and Green, but as of Thursday night, their legacy is secure. They do not hunt other breeds for legitimacy. The Golden State is the haunt now.

“I don’t like to put a number on things and say, ‘Oh, man, we can have five or we can have six,'” Green said.