Whether the Golden State Warriors set the all-time regular season wins record or not does not matter to me. This Warriors regular season will go down in history as one of the great feats in professional sport.
Critics continue to routinely criticize the Warriors over their superior run arguing about the style of play and the competition. In the big picture these arguments run hollow and only diminishes those that don’t give credit where credit is due.
Never in the history of NBA basketball have I seen so many legends from the games’ past go out of their way to belittle a current crop of players. These embittered grey hairs are playing the collective role of “grumpy old men” reminiscing about yester-year and how the game was better “back in my day.” The criticism is beneath the likes of Oscar Robertson and Scottie Pippen, two of the greats of the game.
We all know the game has changed. Is it the Warriors fault that the powers-that-be wanted to bring consumers a more free-flowing game ? In basketball as we see in life, many times when people don’t understand something, instead of appreciating and trying to understand it, it’s easier to rip it. The Warriors style and imprint is certainly relished by those that watch them on a nightly basis. Those in the DubNation appreciate what they do.
For 35 years I watched this team fumble all over themselves. Once Franklin Mieuli passed, they had horrible ownership, bad players and the likes of Dave Twardzik making basketball decisions. The Warriors were the butt of jokes for ineptitude in professional sports. The Dubs were the Cleveland Browns before the Browns were synonymous with failure.
This 70 win season is a credit to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, to the front office of Bob Myers and Jerry West and to the players and coaches who have become only the second team in the history of this game to win at least 70 in a regular season.
This club will not be judged on this historic regular season. The gauntlet known as the NBA Playoffs is on the horizon. The Warriors record-setting year will be a mere footnote if they stumble in their quest for back-to-back championships. The Dubs know the deal. The 82 game schedule is the appetizer. The main course begins next weekend and for Golden State it’s how they will be judged.
Title or not, they will continue to have their detractors. That is OK. The Warriors embraced the dis-respect of Doc Rivers, James Harden and the old codgers that continue to rip them, I expect them to embrace the challenge before them now. As Warriors fans we do need to stop in our tracks for a moment and realize we are witnessing some once-in-a-lifetime type of stuff here. No need to hate on the haters, enjoy the ride friends.