Warriors Have Seen This Before, And It Shows
The Golden State Warriors are a team that knows how to win. They have been to the NBA Finals for five straight years, winning three championships along the way. However, the 2019-20 NBA season has been a different story for the Warriors. With a 2-12 record, they’re currently the worst team in the league.
But the Warriors have seen this before. Back in the 2011-12 season, they started off with a 2-12 record as well. They went on to finish that season with a 23-43 record, missing the playoffs. However, that season was the start of their championship run, with the Warriors winning three of the next four championships.
The similarities between the 2011-12 season and this current season are not lost on the Warriors. “We’re in a unique position where we’ve seen this before,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “We know what it takes to turn it around.”
The Warriors have been hit hard by injuries this season. Star guard Klay Thompson is out for the season with a torn ACL, and star forward Kevin Durant left in free agency for the Brooklyn Nets. All-Star guard Steph Curry is also out with a broken hand. But the Warriors have a young, talented core that they believe can turn things around.
“We have a lot of young guys who are getting great experience,” Warriors guard Alec Burks said. “We’re learning how to win in this league. We believe in ourselves.”
The Warriors have also been getting contributions from their veteran leaders. Green has been doing his best to lead the team on and off the court, and guard D’Angelo Russell has been playing at an All-Star level.
While the Warriors’ playoff hopes are all but dashed this season, they’re using this time to develop their young players and plan for the future. And with their championship pedigree, they know that they can turn things around in a hurry.
“We’re not going to lay down and just accept this,” Green said. “We’re going to continue to fight and do everything we can to get back to where we want to be.”