"Breaking News: Kevin Durant Signs With Golden State Warriors." It was a headline that you had to be blind to miss if you have the slightest interest in sports. ESPN couldn't get enough of it, it was overload. Since the day of the signing, the Golden State Warriors have been marked men, and are looked at as the villains of the NBA.
Although, before this signing the Warriors were just a bunch of guys that just got good playing with one another, and then emerged as all-stars. With the signing of 2014 MVP Kevin Durant made it seem as though the Warriors needed a starting five of Western Conference all-stars to win another championship. Before this villainous team was born the Golden State Warriors have had a rich and interesting history dating all the way back to 1946.
1946 - 1971?
The esteemed franchise we know of today as the Golden State Warriors went through a variety of names. They first were the Philadelphia Warriors. During their time known by the name in the latter was when their first championship was won. The championship was won in the 1946-1947 season when the Warriors beat the Chicago Stags in five games. Even though the NBA merger did not take place until 1949, this championship is still recognized as their first.
The next name that the present day Golden State Warriors would take on during their rise to prominence would be the San Francisco Warriors. This name change took place in 1962. The following season to when they established themselves under this name is when they started to become a powerhouse in the NBA. In the 1963-1964 the San Francisco Warriors drafted Nate Thurmond and Wilt Chamberlain who both would be an intricate part to helping propel the team to the Western Division crown. Chamberlain would soon after be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, and the following season the Warriors would only win 17 games.
The Golden State Warriors
In the 1971-1972 season the team became the perennial power we all know today as the Golden State Warriors. When the team made the name transition, they played all but six games in Oakland, the other six took place in San Diego. The Warriors under their new name instantly became a dominant force. They made the playoffs 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, and 1977. Although they were absent from the 1974 playoffs they came firing back they next season and won the NBA championship in a decisive four game sweep against the Washington Bullets.
Despite these dominant years in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors began to somewhat fall off the radar and started to become more known as a bottom tier team. The years between 1978-1987 saw the Warriors cursed with bad luck. They got involved with a trade with the New York Knicks where they acquired Bernard Kind, but unfortunately did not have enough money to pay him, which in turn forced them to trade him quickly. The Warriors also traded away a draft pick that soon become Kevin McHale.
After 1987, the Warriors starting regaining some momentum similar to that of the 1970's and early 1980's. They were able to play well enough to reach the Western Conference semifinals against Magic Johnson and his Lakers. During this series loss, the Warriors point guard at the time, Sleepy Floyd, scored the most points in one half during a playoff game in NBA history.
By the time the 1993-1994 season came around, the Warriors organization was back in the dumps. Rookie of the Year, Chris Webber, and point guard Latrell Sprewell had teamed had been on one side of recurring arguments, and Coach Nelson on the other. This tension caused all three to go their separate ways, and the team began going downhill. The Warriors would not truly regain their fire until the Steph Curry Era.
The Steph Curry Era
Steph Curry was drafted in 2009, but was plagued by much injury, which hindered his greatness until 2011. In 2011 Steph begun to electrify crowds with his unmatchable three-point shooting ability, and swift ball-handling skills. He also was one of the two splash brothers. Klay Thompson was the other.
The season where the splash brothers, and specifically Steph shined, was in 2014-2015. They led the Warriors to a 65-15 record, which at the time was the best in franchise history, and on top of this they were virtually unbeatable at home, which was proven by their 39-2 record. Steph would go on to win the 2015 MVP, which was the first time a Warriors player won the award since Wilt Chamberlain. During this season the Warriors would go on to win the NBA championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which would ignite a saga of NBA championships.
The Record Breaking Season
Led by Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson the Warriors would go on to have the best season in NBA history (73-9) by besting the the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls by one game. Steph himself would go on to win the MVP unanimously, while breaking numerous three-point records including most three pointers made in one season, which he demolished by making 402 (the previous record was 286). Despite all the accolades Steph Curry and the Warriors had won, they fell short to the Cleveland Cavilers in 7 games, where at one point during the series they were up 3 games to 1.
Part 3 of the Cavs - Warriors Trilogy
After falling short to the Cavilers in the 2016 season the Warriors made a big splash in free agency my signing superstar Kevin Durant. With this addition four of their five starters were now all-stars. This signified the "super-team" era. This acquisition was controversial because many thought the Warriors had an unfair lineup. During the year of the acquiring of Kevin Durant "KD" the Warriors would once again meet the Beasts in the East, Cleveland Cavilers. The Warriors won a record breaking twelve straight games through the first three round to reach the finals. This time their was no shortage of dominance against Cleveland. The Warriors went on to win the series in five games, thus winning their second championship in three years.
Joe Lacob on the Warriors
As the majority owner of the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob is constantly asked about his success of the team and how they have gotten to where they are. On one occasion Lacob was quoted saying, "were light years ahead of everybody." Although he did not speak further on the comment there are some pretty obvious things that show why. Such as the acquisition of Kevin Durant and the use of Herman Miller Aeron Chairs in the locker room. These chairs can easily be purchased at an affordable price at Beverly Hills Chairs. These chairs help foster healthy blood flow and prevent back pain from happening and resurfacing. If you want to feel as healthy as the NBA players do, check out some ergonomic chairs.