The Golden State Warriors were truly dangerous with a team featuring Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. But in the 2022 playoffs, the Dubs proved that they are just as dangerous even without KD on the roster.
Led by none other than Steph Curry, the Dubs dominated throughout the regular season. Moreover, the team didn't take their foot off the gas in the postseason. They cruised past their opponents to win the 2022 NBA Championship.
It was a sensational championship run and certainly meant a lot to the entire Golden State Warriors team. Since KD left the team, many have been questioning whether Curry and co. will ever win another ring or not. They proved their doubters wrong with the title after a hard-fought 2021-22 NBA season.
Additionally, the Dubs have a squad that is ready to compete for at least a couple more years and can win titles in those seasons as well.
Winning the title this season must have lifted the pressure off the shoulders of head coach Steve Kerr. Speaking of pressure, Kerr spoke about the time he really felt a lot of pressure was when Kevin Durant was a part of the Warriors.
"When we had KD, it would have been a disaster if we didn’t win.”
It is understandable why coach Kerr felt that way. Before KD joined the Warriors, they had already won a ring in 2015. But the following year, when the Warriors had a record of 73-9, they were defeated by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Following that defeat, the Dubs added Durant to the roster. They then went on to win two consecutive championships. If they had failed in doing so, the Warriors would have been scorched by the entire league.
Because not only did they disrupt the power balance of the league, but they also failed to win titles even after that. Fortunately for coach Kerr, everything went their way, and fans witnessed the true dominance of the Warriors dynasty.