The rumors circulating Golden State Warriors this season are that it was the last championship run for a legendary dynasty. With Kevin Durant headed for free agency, several key players close to hitting the upper age limit and the financial burdens of paying four superstars, most of the world expected to see the last Warriors championship followed by the departure of several key players.
But Draymond Green disagrees. He believes that the Warriors will be back next season, even hungrier for a championship.
“I think everybody thinks it’s kind of the end of us,” Green said. “But that’s just not smart. We’re not done yet. We lost this year. Clearly just wasn’t our year, but that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. But, yeah, I hear a lot of that noise, it’s the end of a run and all that jazz. I don’t see it happening, though. We’ll be back.”
The Warriors have won a championship without Durant though, followed by 73 victories the season after. Superstars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green might be aging, but they proved in the NBA Finals that they are still capable of greatness.
If the Warriors manage to reshape the rest of the roster, they will definitely have a chance to fight their way back into contention. It won’t be easy, but it’s certainly not impossible. In all likelihood, the Warriors will have three All-Stars next season, which should be more than enough for the team to be viewed as a contender.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr proudly spoke about the way his team battled until the end of this series, dealing with multiple injuries along the way.
“It’s hard to put into words how I feel about our team,” Kerr said. “What I’ve witnessed as their coach over the last five years is just an incredible combination of talent and character and commitment to each other. This just doesn’t happen. A group of guys like this doesn’t come around together and do what they did over the last five years. And I’ve been lucky enough to be their coach. That’s what I told them in the locker room.”