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Stephen A. Smith To The Warriors: “Your Name Is Not The ‘Golden State Punks’”

Credit: USATSI

Credit: USATSI

It’s not a secret that the Golden State Warriors aren’t going through a good moment after losing their first two games of the season. The Dubs look nothing like the team that dominated the league over the last 5 seasons, which has set the alarms on at the Chase Center.

This situation has prompted people to make fun of the Warriors, while others decided to remind the team of their pedigree and all the good things they did in the last seasons. Stephen A. Smith recently had some harsh words for the Warriors, as he recalled the dominance of the team for the last couple of terms, nothing compared to the mess they are right now.

Draymond Green recently said that team ‘fu--ing sucks’, but he kept the hope that they can turn things around. During Monday’s edition of ESPN’s First Take, Smith replied to these claims:

“The Warriors look positively atrocious. It’s an embarrassment, and Draymond, I gotta hold him accountable for his quote. Yeah, you all are bad, but you know, you’re not supposed to be this bad. This is not about the Warriors 0-2, this is about the Warriors going into Oklahoma City, a squad that does not have Kevin Durant, that does not have Russell Westbrook, that does not have James Harden, that doesn’t even have Serge Ibaka or whatever, and you are down by 40. There is no excuse for that. Steve Kerr, Imma get on him more than anybody and here’s the reason why: we appreciate and respect the fact that the Golden State Warriors have been to 5 straight Finals and they won three championships, but the point is, now show us what we’ve been saying about you, that you indeed are a great coach. It doesn’t win you’re gonna win games, I’m talking about competitive play, I’m talking about fight. I’m talking about going down swinging.”

Stephen A. then went on to explain the Warriors looked very different when attacking than defending, asking the Warriors to play better defense and act as their name indicates.

“It ain’t that complicated to play defense, at an NBA level it’s not that complicated. If you know anything about basketball, it’s not that difficult to say ‘we don’t have the necessary skills, but what we’re going to do is to make sure you understand you’re in a dog fight’. Your name is the Warriors, it ain't the Golden State Punks, it’s the Warriors, go out there and be a Warrior.”

Luckily for the Warriors, things are starting to get better as they defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 134-123, on Monday night with great performances by Steph Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell. Plenty of people expect this to be the change of path the Warriors need to compete for a spot in the playoffs this season.