The disaster of a team in Golden State this year was not what we have been accustomed to seeing from the Warriors. In fact, behind Steph, Klay, Draymond, and head coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors ruled the NBA with an iron fist for the past five seasons.
Although injuries and offseason changes had the Dubs down and out for the count during the 2019-20 campaign, nobody is expecting it to stick for very long.
Upon the return of Steph and Klay, many are already calling the Warriors title contenders for next season's championship. Nick Wright, a notorious LeBron James supporter, seems to disagree with that sentiment.
On FOX Sport's First Thing's First, he declared the permanent end of the Warriors dynasty.
“Unfortunately for my friends in the Bay Area, the answer is obviously and unequivocally yes. It didn’t end the moment Kevin Durant left. It was on life support when Klay tears his ACL, and Kevin Durant leaves.”
Wright also alluded to the "mistakes' made by the Warriors front offices part of the reason their run is over.
“They forfeited their one real ability to add another star, when they traded D’Angelo Russell in order to get Andrew Wiggins and a pick, that we would never get to see Steph Curry in the finals again.”
The bottom line is, there are still a lot of questions regarding the future of the team.
“I thought Steph was gonna have a ‘Let me remind everyone how great I am’ season. Draymond Green looked really old, really fast, and we still haven’t seen Klay!”
So, is it the end of the Warriors dynasty? The Warriors themselves certainly don't think so.
It's no secret that they have been aggressively pursuing additional star-power, with recent reports indicating a focus on Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Even Klay Thompson seems pretty confident that his team isn't done yet and went so far as to say it "kills" him inside to see people write his team off.
To their point, haven't they earned the benefit of the doubt? Over the years, they've fought through so many obstacles to meet their goals. They achieved unprecedented success.
Even if the odds aren't in their favor, the Warriors have shown us before that it's not wise to bet against them.