Golden State Warriors Rumors
Jerry, you know as well as anybody how difficult it is to repeat as a champion. What is the biggest obstacle in the way of any team trying to repeat as NBA champions? First of all, there is health. Then there is the ability to go out there and lay it on the line every night. Some teams relax and rest on their laurels, but we have some really highly competitive people. Plus, we are young. Those younger players are going to strive to get even better, and that will put us in the position to be another dangerous team in the playoffs. Think about it. We won 67 games and never lost three games in a row. We never had any juicy items for the press to get into and I attribute that to this incredible group of kids that we have, and I am old enough to call them kids. They are just wonderful young men who get along like I have never seen a team get along. Success breeds success, and I think these people love to win. At the end of the day, I think that is why we will be very, very good again, if we can stay healthy.
Golden State Warriors head coach Luke Walton said today at the pregame press conference before the Warriors face the Sacramento Kings that Harrison Barnes, who sprained his left ankle in last night’s game at the Phoenix Suns, could be out on the order of weeks. “He’s being evaluated today. We haven’t gotten the results back yet,” Walton told reporters. “It’s all speculation. It could be a few weeks. It could be a week,” Walton added. “We’re not going to rush him back because we want to be healthy for later in the season and we don’t want lingering injures, so we’ll have him take his time.”
But the Warriors are playing as if they plan to challenge the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for the best regular season at 72-10. “I think there’s a cockiness that comes from winning a championship that usually brings complacency with it,” Karl said. “But they are playing at a high, high level and Steph (Curry) is video-gameish. That’s what I’d call it.”
The next goal, which is not unreasonable, is matching the 1971-72 Lakers’ 33-game winning streak. “That’s important, to have like tangible goals that you can look at it and really work for,” said Curry. “Obviously, for us, we do a great job of just staying in the moment. Nobody really talked about the 15-0 record until probably last week when we were around 12 wins, because you can’t really get too far ahead of yourself. “There’s so much that can happen in this league over 82 games. The great teams are the ones that can focus on each individual game.”