OAKLAND, California (AP) – Stephen Curry hears dynastic discussion about his Golden State Warriors during another posteason run.
Draymond Green acknowledges that special teams only stay together for so long before anything breaks them apart.
Therefore, the warriors from day 1 in training camp decided to cherish this season.
Golden State is a franchise in its first five rounds of the NBA finals and seeks a third consecutive title. But the clock is ticking, and the warriors are well aware of possible ramifications of the free agency and how things can change in a hurry this summer.
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Warriorsne started this race with three All Stars in Curry, Green and Klay Thompson. They added two in Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. How many they want after the free agency is everyone's guess.
Curry – with almost 11-month-old son Canon regularly in his arms for the ride – certainly revives this stretch of his decorated career and appreciates how far the Warriors have come in the 10 years he has been in the league.
A third straight title is suddenly within reach, which would be the Golden State's fourth championship in five years.
"We know what's at stake and what we're chasing this year, this series, this game, and that's the only way you can really put your best foot forward to try to get back to mountain tops , "says Curry. "We have plenty of time when we hang up the sneakers to really go back and think about all the different experiences and heights and lows, but right now we're two battles away from another final look. It's pretty special . "
The warriors are the first team to reach the five straight-finals since Celtics advanced to 10 consecutive 1957-1966.
Another championship would cement the title among the best ever.
The 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers – led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O & # 39; Neal – are the last team to capture three straight titles.
Golden State advanced without Durant, the reigning two-hour final MVP, and cousins. Both were sidelined with injuries for the entire Western Conference final. It completed Portland without Andre Iguodala, another final MVP that released Game 4 with an injury.
Whilst Bucks and Raptors are swallowing it to the east, the warriors are rehabbing.
"I hope it does not go unnoticed or undervalued. Five straight finals have not been made since the 60s since Bill Russell's Celtics," fifth-year Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Haven't been done for a reason: It's really, really hard. I just can't say enough about the competitive desire for the group of players we have here and the culture they've built together to play together regardless of the damage. "
Every warrior has been unique. When they won in 2015, it was the first title for the franchise for 40 years.
LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers broke them in 2016, but the warriors jumped back in 2017 with a dominant 16-1 post in the off season. 19659004] Last year, Golden State joined Russell's Celtics, Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls and trio of Lakers teams – including George Mikan and the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 80's. Ernst and Shaquille O & N; Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago – as the only franchise in the NBA history to capture three championships in four years.
"When I was here for the first time, they rebuilt and restored them," Andrew Bogut, a member of the 2015 team title, once again joined the warriors in March.
"They didn't just sit on their hands and thought it lasted forever. The released cap room, you must give (general manager) Bob Myers, (owner) Joe Lacob and coaching staff a lot of credit. There are many teams that win a championship and kind of reward throughout the route, then they end two and three years down the track and end up in a little hole, while this is a good run for a franchise that will end up as one of The all-time greats. "
The warriors enjoy playing together and with so many selfless stars and a deep bench, they are rarely out of any game.
That doesn't mean it's been easy, especially with the constant free agency chatting this season.
Durant is an impending free agent, and the basketball world continues to speculate on his next move. Thompson's future with Warriors is also unclear while Green is signed through next season.
"We know that these runs do not last forever, and of course there are so many questions and things that could possibly happen with this team this summer," said green. "Then you will try to take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of it and deal with the things that come after these things come, but right now we are focused on the task and trying to do something that has not been done for a long time or many times. "
The warriors are aware of the dynasty issue, but do not feel for themselves. They have consistently said that their focus is the task of raising another banner in the last season at the Oracle Arena before the franchise moves into the Chase Center in San Francisco to begin 2019-20.
"I'm not thinking of them conditions. It's just every opportunity we have to play, it's great moments, big games" Curry said "and the connection with what this five-year race has been and all that doesn't really dominate my mind when we're out there competing. "