Warriors stay away from trade deadline chaos | NBA
A few hours after the chaos of the « trade deadline », with in particular James Harden’s trade in Philadelphia against Ben Simmons, the Chase Center acted as a haven of peace. The Warriors and the Knicks, their evening opponent, were indeed part of the teams that remained silent in the last days before the transfer deadline.
If the New York franchise however constantly makes the headlines, the Warriors remain far from the melodramatic soap operas linked to certain franchises and certain stars.
Bob Myers, Steve Kerr and the executives of the team understand the value of the continuity that has rocked their franchise since the birth of their « Big Three ». Obviously the arrival and departure of Kevin Durant turned the workforce upside down, and Bob Myers had carte blanche to pick up Andrew Wiggins two years ago, but over the years, the structure of Golden State has remained generally the same.
« There is a certain order, a great cohesion whether in their staff, among the leaders, and with their executives, » testified Tom Thibodeau before the meeting. Before taking over the management of the Knicks, the technician had spent several weeks on the Oakland side to attend several Warriors training sessions. “They do things in a unique way and they have seen convincing results. It was fascinating to see it from the inside. »
The rebound problems solved internally?
The personalities of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and their success have a lot to do with it. This continuity has allowed the Warriors, like the Spurs of Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, to establish a culture that has transcended the obstacles of recent seasons, to finally bounce back very quickly.
« That’s what really impressed me during this period » explains Tom Thibodeau. “They had so many injuries and absences but the mindset within the franchise was the same as before. »
This context also favors the emergence of Andrew Wiggins in a role of defender and effective third defensive option, or development of “role players” like Gary Payton II, and young players like Jordan Poole. Despite the desire of some to see the Warriors add an interior before this « trade deadline », Golden State continues to trust its group.
» We are happy with our squad and we have to move forward with the uncertainty of the deadline behind us,” explained a very diplomatic Steve Kerr. Klay Thompson wanted to be more convincing, mainly referring to the imminent returns of Draymond Green and James Wiseman.
“Draymond is a fierce rebounder, and I think people forget that Wiseman is going to come back and he’s going to be a huge help to us on the rebound. »
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