Defending NBA champion Warriors start ‘scattered’ this season

The Golden State Warriors, according to their star player and head coach, are a hot mess as they try to defend their NBA title.

“We all have to come back to the same page,” coach Steve Kerr said. “At the moment, anyway, we are just scattered. It’s a pick-up game there.

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The Warriors opened the season 6-9 and lost all eight of their road games.

“Losing becomes a habit if you don’t fix it,” said Steph Curry, who dropped 50 points to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night at Footprint Arena, though it wasn’t enough as the Warriors lost 130-119. “We’re very aware of our potential and the fact that you can’t stay in that vibe or that mood for too long until you change it.”

Curry had little help from the bench, defense or fellow aging stars – Draymond Green and Klay Thompson – who combined for 28 points.

To make matters worse, Curry was named Thursday in a class action lawsuit along with fellow athletes Tom Brady, Naomi Osaka, Shohei Ohtani, David Ortiz and Shaquille O’Neal for misleading consumers to invest in the technology-based company. FTX crypto, which recently filed for bankruptcy. The lawsuit also named the Warriors, who entered into a promotional deal with FTX earlier this year and painted the company’s logo on the floor of the Chase Center in San Francisco.

A Warriors spokesperson said Thursday that outside of a previously scheduled bobblehead giveaway for fans at the arena next week, “we have suspended FTX promotional assets.”

Kerr, however, couldn’t say enough good things about Curry.

“Steph is the anchor of our team and the anchor of our culture, and that’s not going to change,” he said. “Steph is not only one of the greatest players of all time, but he is one of the best human beings I have ever met in my life.”

The Warriors are younger and without the depth they had last June when they beat the Boston Celtics in six games to win the title for the fourth time since 2015.

Last season, the Warriors opened 18-2, after two COVID-impacted seasons in which they did not make the playoffs. And then injuries to key players, including Curry, slowed them down until they picked up their pace in the playoffs.

The Chase Center, which cost $1.6 billion and opened during the curtailed 2019-20 COVID season, is now a resounding success, having stood for more than a year without paying customers in the building due to security protocols. strict health and safety.

In 2010, Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the franchise from Chris Cohan for $450 million and presided over the most lucrative and winning era in team history. Golden State is worth $6.03 billion, according to Sportico’s the NBA’s most recent valuations, second in the league and slightly behind the New York Knicks at $6.12 billion.

All of this makes what is happening now seem like a mirage.

“They’re still a really good basketball team,” said Suns coach Monty Williams, who will work behind Kerr this summer for the USA men’s team at the FIBA ​​World Cup. “Their bench is not as experienced. But they are athletic, fast and can score in groups.

“It’s so early in the season that I’m not sure it’s fair to make statements about the teams just yet.”

Still, it’s odd that there could be so few remnants of last May and June when the Warriors cruised through Denver, Memphis, Dallas and Boston in the playoffs, losing a total of just six games en route to the title.

“It would be great if this all continued, but we are human beings and we are very complicated individually and collectively,” Kerr said. “And that’s the beauty of basketball. When it’s good. It’s fair. You can feel it.”

Right now, though, “he’s missing,” Kerr said. “They need a collective vision that they can aim for. Obviously, I failed at this point this year.

There is little communication or synergy. Thompson, who missed two seasons with knee and Achilles tendon injuries, is in a prolonged slump. He’s trying to recapture the old magic that made him one of the league’s best shooters, but it may not happen again. What was beautiful to watch just five months ago has been nerve-wracking.

“We have to find the level of focus and intensity to get the job done because nobody likes that feeling at all,” Curry said.

Kerr acknowledges the Warriors are nearing the end of the line with their top three players who have included six Finals appearances over the past eight seasons. Curry is 34 years old. Green and Thompson are 32 years old.

“Are we at the end of the race? Kerr asked. “Yeah. I don’t know exactly what that means. It might be another three years, but it won’t be another five or six years. I think history suggests we’re at the end of the line just depending on of age.

For now, he would at least take one more good run rather than the hot mess the Warriors are right now.

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