“The Warriors are ruining the NBA.”
When they were led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, they shot too many threes, which rubbed off on every other team and ruined tradition.
Jaws dropped when Kevin Durant decided to join a 73-win team from the season before. That created an unfair advantage and ruined the NBA forever. They then won two-straight championships with him, hammering home the point.
Then, the icing on the cake came when DeMarcus Cousins agreed to a one-year deal with the team last week. Now they have five All-Stars on their squad and should annihilate their opponents if everyone stays healthy. A fourth title in five seasons is fully expected.
According to the same haters, they ruined the NBA for the third time.
Based on Golden State's dominant example, every team is not truly a contender unless they have at least two superstars on their roster. Whether or not that’s ruining the NBA is up for debate, but Stephen Curry is sick and tired of hearing the same old thing.
His point of view
“So everybody says how we’re ruining the NBA – I love that phrasing; it’s the dumbest phrase ever,” he told USA TODAY’s Sam Amick. “We are always trying to find a way to get better. If we were just happy with winning a championship and staying stagnant, we wouldn’t be doing ourselves justice. Obviously with KD (Kevin Durant signing in 2016), with DeMarcus this summer, with the bench guys that we’ve been able to sign, everybody is trying to get better and we just happen to be the ones who set the pace and set the narrative around how you need to structure your team to beat us. That’s great. I love that vibe, because it keeps us on edge seeing the ripple effect around the NBA and where guys are going and that type of stuff.”
Therefore, Curry believes that the dominance of his team has actually helped the league, as more and more teams are clamoring to attract high-level talent in order to improve every offseason.
In all, he embraces being the team to beat and knows that other franchises are building their rosters specifically to compete with his. But, once again, that's a positive thing in his eyes.
“Every year, every summer, everybody has to figure out, for one, what’s the best interest for you as a person, and your family and where you are in your career and make decisions,” Curry said. “And two, if I was on the other side, and I wasn’t on the team that was the last man standing and holding the trophy, you try to exhaust all efforts to try to figure out how to get better as a team, get in a better situation, whatever the case is. But it also goes both ways, because we’re trying to get better too.”
Curry makes a solid point. Although adding a player of Cousins’ caliber for such a small one-year deal seems dirty, the Warriors have played by the rules and have built their dominant squad mostly from the ground up.
Now, we are simply seeing the sustained results of a brilliantly-run organization.