Dec. 27, 2015
Bombshell: Inner turmoil over looming coaching change testing Warriors Christmas Day chemistry.
I know the Cleveland Cavalier team that will take the court tomorrow at Oracle Arena is vastly different from the one that we saw in last years Finals but I still think the Warriors are the better team. Kevin Love is a super smart world class talent. Draymond Green is smarter. The Cavs have no answer for Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. Kyrie won't be much of a factor and David Blatt said he would be on a minutes restriction. So Lebron is gonna have to go off for like 45, 11, 8. That is not outside the realm of possibilities. Can the Cavs score 110 points though?? Can they continue to find baskets in an overtime period or if they run into foul trouble?? We know the answers to those questions when it regards the Warriors.
The 2015-16 Warriors are also a vastly different team. They have a new coach. He just happens to be the same age as some of the players. He's had an historic beginning to his coaching career and unfortunately this may be his last game of the season as head coach. Reports say that Steve Kerr is set to resume head coaching duties by the end of the month. This is going to test the Warriors mettle. Internally, it's already major distraction but what happens when the media gets a hold of it? What happens when the Golden State Warriors lose two games in a week??
A lot of people focus on the records and think that the Luke Walton led Golden State Dubz at 27-1 are light years ahead of the Cleveland Cavs. That is not true. The Golden State Warriors are better than the best teams in the history of the NBA. People ask if the Warriors could beat the 96' Bulls. Of course they could. Rodman would muck up the game and Scottie would hound Steph Curry all night. The games would be a battle but Golden State bench would wear the 96' Bulls down. And that's exactly what's gonna happen today. The Warriors are gonna keep coming and coming and coming. The Cavs are tough so they'll hang in there and keep battling but in th end it will be clear.
Luke Walton is just a special coach but how is he doing this you might ask?? I don't know for sure but I do know a few things. As annoying as Bill Walton is, one thing is for sure. He's a student of the game. He passed that approach to the game down to his son Luke. Luke took that knowledge and brought it to the court. He was an extremely smart player. He played the game one step ahead of his opponents. No he wasn't his father but he had a great floor game. The Warriors record under him speaks for itself. I know Steve Kerr has to feel like shit right now. It's like breaking up with your longtime girlfriend and running into her three months later and finding out she's madly in love and pregnant with your best friend. I don't care what he says, how he spins it, I know human nature. Steve Kerr isn't thrilled that his team is 27-1 without him. What do you think?? Furthermore, how does Luke Walton go from head coach of arguably the best team ever to an assistant coach regulated to the task of playing good cop to the head coach's bad cop character??
Ric Bucher wrote an excellent story about the trouble brewing in the Warrior camp amidst the impending coaching change.
The NBA's Toughest Job? It Just May Be Coaching the Warriors Without Steve Kerr via— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher)
Warriors improve to 28-1 in Final's rematch. Draymond Green gets a double-double, putting up 22 Pts & 15 Reb.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)
Warriors still perfect at home this season?— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA)