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With the Golden State Warriors off to a record-breaking 20–0 start, NBA A to Z guy Sam Amick chats with San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Rusty Simmons about covering the team. Will they remain undefeated on this seven-game road trip, and might they break the 1971-72 Lakers’ 33-game winning streak? What’s more… Is there a downside to this dominance that they’ll pay the price for come playoff time?
Simmons – who has covered the Warriors since 2009 – discusses their road from laughable to lauded, the amazing evolution of Stephen Curry as a player and a person, the Steve Kerr situation, Draymond Green‘s growth and much more.
Simmons also tells the untold tale of the NBA Finals media charter plane that was grounded last June, in essence, because he (health problems be darned) refused to miss the chance to cover Golden State’s title run.