Warriors know this is something special, uncertainty ahead
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry hears the dynasty discussion about his Golden State Warriors during another postseason run.
Draymond Green realizes special teams only stay together for so long before something breaks them apart.
That's why the Warriors decided from Day 1 of training camp to cherish this season.
Golden State is a franchise in its prime — five straight trips to the NBA Finals and seeking a third consecutive title. But the clock is ticking and the Warriors are well aware of the possible ramifications of free agency and how things could change in a hurry this summer.
"Basketball careers aren't that long. If you can get 10 out of it, you're lucky," Green explained. "To be to five straight finals, I don't even know what to say about it. This is what you play for. This is our goal every year and to get here five straight times is special."
The Warriors started this run with three All-Stars in Curry, Green and Klay Thompson. They added two more in Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. How many they'll have after free agency is any and everyone's guess.
Curry — with nearly 11-month-old son Canon regularly in his arms for the ride — is certainly relishing this stretch of his decorated career, appreciating how far the Warriors have come during the 10 years he has been in the league.
A third straight title is suddenly within reach, which would be Golden State's fourth championship in five years.
The Warriors are the first team to reach five straight finals since the Celtics advanced to 10 in a row from 1957-1966.
Another championship would cement this run of titles among the best ever.
The Los Angeles Lakers of 2000-02 — led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal — are the last team to capture three straight titles.
Golden State advanced without Durant, the reigning two-time finals MVP, and Cousins. Both were sidelined with injuries for the entire Western Conference finals. The Warriors finished off Portland without Andre Iguodala, another finals MVP who sat out Game 4 with an injury.
While the Bucks and Raptors are slugging it out in the East, the Warriors are rehabbing.
"I hope it doesn't go unnoticed or underrated," fifth-year Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Five straight finals hasn't been done since the 60s, since Bill Russell's Celtics. Hasn't been done for a reason: It's really, really difficult."