There are many reasons why the Golden State Warriors are as good as they are.
It would be easy to point to the talent. As well as the Splash Bros, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, in the backcourt, the Warriors have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA.
Head coach Steve Kerr could be regarded as another vital component. He is the man that has developed Golden State's style in the past few years and is beginning to make stretching the floor for perimeter shooting the norm in the NBA.
However, according to several Warriors players, there's one vital component that probably no one ever thinks about.
It's their group chat.
Of course, a team's chemistry has always been of vital importance. But, after the Warrior's loss to the Timberwolves last Tuesday, the NBA champions didn't hammer out their issues in the locker room; they saved it for the group text.
Unsurprisingly, Draymond Green is usually the orchestrator and the forward sent a clear message to everyone following their ninth loss of the campaign.
“Every once in a while, especially after that last game (the loss to Minnesota), we have to have a talk,” center Festus Ezeli said.
“He [Green] said what he had to say, as one of the vocal guys of this team. He does a really good job of communicating. Everybody responded back and we’re all moving in the same direction.”
But it's not just about talking through their games, it's also about building the necessary rapport and bond, too.
“Coming back from the All-Star break, a couple days into the break, we’re all texting each other, we’re like, ‘Man, I really miss you guys.’ Other guys are, ‘I can’t wait to get back,'” Ezeli said.
“That’s a different nature of a team, a different kind of chemistry, I feel like, than any other team.”
Green is often the ring-leader, and the man with the second most triple-doubles in the NBA this season gave a little insight into the type of things that go on in the Warriors' private chat.
“It’s everything,” Green said. “From jokes to, ‘Hey somebody got dunked on…’
“Joking on each other. Dinnertime, where are we going to go? Everything is in the chat room. We talk about other people. Make fun of other people. Anything.”
But it doesn't stop when the season ends - these guys are genuine friends. Perhaps this is a key ingredient to the chemistry they have on the court that continues to breed success.
“Just another way for us to always stay together,” Green said. “We’re in with the group chat all summer. It doesn’t stop just because, ‘All right, the season’s over.’ It’s all year-round.”