I don’t care what the calendar says. The Golden State Warriors season is back and in full swing.
I can tell because the cavalcade of detractors are expressing their opinions about why the team’s success is cheap in their eyes.
Last year, it was Oscar Robertson, Scottie Pippen and anyone who felt like the team was soft.
This year, it’ll be all those same people plus any and all fans of the NBA who feel like a 73-win team shouldn’t have had a chance at landing the best free agent on the market.
Most recently, Paul Pierce, the latest future Hall of Famer to retire, chimed in on the Warriors adding Kevin Durant, saying to Jon Hamm of the Daily Thunder, “I could have left Boston years ago but I stuck it out. I just feel like when you’re that close as a competitor, you don’t go join the team that just pushed you out. That’s just me personally but we’re living in a day and time where there’s a new generation. Guys I don’t think they are as hungry or competitive as my generation was, and that’s why you’ll probably see more of that.”
That quote has everything: A heaping helping of “back in my day,” a good deal of bluster about competitive drive, topped off with some useless generational dissonance.
Ahh, the NBA season is back, everybody.
Nevermind that Pierce was the beneficiary of a pair of trades in the mid-2000s that people at the time bemoaned because it created the original “super-team” of the modern era, when the Boston Celtics added Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
But as long as he stayed put, it’s all good, right?
Draymond Green came to his new teammate’s defense with a tortured metaphor about an Apple CEO leaving for Google, but it really doesn’t matter.
(Basketball aside, why wouldn’t Durant want to leave Oklahoma City? What about a small metropolis built on energy and agriculture is enticing for a 20-something multimillionaire?)
The chirping is going to be omnipresent until this group is broken up. We can tell the season has started because it’s getting louder by the day.
I’m just interested to see if winning an NBA title in June will make it louder or finally silence it. Something tells me the latter isn’t going to be possible, because, you know how this generation is with its Twitter, Instagrams and the what have yous.
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