For the past five seasons, the Warriors have been running at full speed, hellish in snatching teams from the limbs as they punch one ticket after another for the NBA finals.
Five consecutive runs in June can be worn by a team and make the dynasty falter. There is not much time to rest or reflect.
Everything that has come now for coach Steve Kerr and basketball operations president Bob Myers. After a 15-50 season with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson wearing clothes and sometimes playing reporters on the sidelines for the NBC Sports Bay Area, the Warriors are now facing a prolonged offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is time for Kerr and Myers to think about the next phase of a dynasty that has taken off like a spaceship that is now looking for fuel to continue its climb.
“I speak with (president of basketball operations and general manager) Bob Myers and (director of sports and performance medicine) Rick Celebrini and our training staff, development coaches, we are constantly talking about trying to build a plan”, Athletic’s Kerr David Aldridge said in the “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast. “But without a time frame, it is so difficult. Right now we have our players who come individually to train in our facility one with the coaches … Bob and I and (assistant manager) Mike Dunleavy, who we have entered to do part of our staff last year, and Mike Brown, we all kind of put our heads together to try to use time to crumble – what are we doing that we could be doing better, and what are some things we need to look to look for to improve? Just try to use the time to our advantage to see where we can improve. We haven’t had much time in the last five or six years. It seems that the seasons have passed together. It’s time to step back and analyze our program “.
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Leisure should benefit a Warrior dynasty that has been knocked out of injury and exhaustion in the 2019 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant’s exit and injuries to Curry and Thompson allowed Myers and Kerr a season of reinvent the role of the Warriors. A way to bottom out and recalibrate, knowing they jump back once Curry and Thompson return to the ground.
A 15-50 season ended in a prolonged offseason, giving Warriors more time to recalibrate for a second run. This recalibration will include a selection of the top five projects and a $ 17.2 million trade exception to add talent around a core of the league.
The coronavirus pandemic changed the Warriors’ calendar, giving Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green even more time to rest their bodies for five grueling years in the brightest spotlight. This rest was a blessing for the warriors. One of which they are ready to take full advantage of.
“One hundred percent,” said Kerr. “One hundred percent. I think you will see a totally different team next season, every time it starts. Draymond will be refreshed. Steph and Klay, of course, after losing all or most of last season, ironically, have finished to get much of the rest they needed. And now this suspension has given them even more rest. When the field starts next season, the boys will bounce off the walls, ready to go. “
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Warriors are the most managed operation in basketball. They have first-rate brain confidence coupled with transcendent talents on the floor, and now they have had time to heal their wounds. It’s time to find ways to improve at all levels.
Last season the teams had fun punishing the Warriors, erasing a team that had shone on their graves for five years.
That one-year escape for the league ends in December. Warriors are ready to remind everyone what domination looks like.