The Golden State Warriors have had one of the most remarkable seasons in NBA history and are on course to claim a second consecutive championship to underline their current dominance in the sport.
The achievements of the Bay Area franchise has not only been impressive from a basketball point of view, but from an overall sports perspective in general.
This has been recognised as such after the Warriors were named “Sports Team of the Year” at the Ninth Annual Sports Business Awards in New York on Wednesday night. The Dubs also previously won the accolade in 2014.
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Under the leadership of back-to-back MVP Steph Curry, Golden State surpassed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for wins in the regular season after accruing an NBA record of 73 this campaign.
The 2015 NBA champions took their game to another level this year and after a tremendous 82-game season, have transferred that to the playoffs and are currently in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Alongside the team, co-executive chairman and CEO Joe Lacob was also named “Sports Executive of the Year” as the organisation scooped a duo of awards on the night.
“Being named Sports Team of the Year and Sports Executive of the Year is a true testament to our Strength in Numbers and the incredible group of people we have in our organisation,” said Lacob.
“We are committed to being one of the top franchises in professional sports and it’s a true honour to be recognised for our efforts by the Sports Business Journal.”
For the Sports Executive of the Year nod, Lacob was up against Brian France from NASCAR, Stan Kroenke from Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, Rob Manfred from Major League Baseball and Mark Parker from Nike.
The Oakland-based outfit was in the running with the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Royals, Portland Timbers and Tampa Bay Lightning for the Sports Team of the Year honour
The Sports Business Awards consist of 17 categories with 87 nominees. The 2016 nominees and winners were recognised for excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from March 1, 2015, to Feb. 29, 2016.
Their accomplishments both on and off the court don't make it a surprise to see the organisation being named as the number one sports team as they are head and shoulders above their rivals in numerous aspects at present.
They are picking up collective and individual honours left, right and centre and their rise and success has been nothing short of incredible.
Along with Curry being named as the league's best player, Steve Kerr was also enshrined as the Coach of the Year. The only thing that can dampen the year would be a failure to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy again.
The Warriors recovered from a game one loss to the Thunder to even their current series at 1-1 after another magical display from their MVP.
Curry exploded for 17 points in the third quarter to put the game beyond OKC, ending the night with a team-high 29 points in 30 minutes of action.
There's no doubt the superstar point guard and his teammates want to end the year with another ring to cap off what would be one of the best single seasons ever by any professional sports team.