OAKLAND – They do not celebrate 50 winter seasons here. Not anymore. Not when it's just a road sign on the way to something worth cherishing.
That's what 50 victories have become Warriors. When they beat No. 50 on Sunday with a hazy 121-114 victory over the Detroit stamps, there were only the fewest moments of reflection.
"Very impressive," said coach Steve Kerr.
"It is especially part of something as big as the last six of seven years has been for us," Draymond Green said.
Is it left behind? Impressive? Particular? For a franchise that reached 50, four times in its first five decades in the Bay Area wins a string together six consecutive seasons are right out of the latest Franklin Mieuli's wildest fantasy.
Mieuli owned Warriors in the first 24 years (1
Mieuli sold the team to Jim Fitzgerald and Dan Finnane, who owned Warriors in nine seasons (1986-95), where there were two 50-winter seasons.
Chris Cohan ownership lasted 15 seasons (1995-2010) and never saw a 50-victory season. The most successful team at Cohan was the 2006-07 "We Believe" game, which ended two games over .500 (42-40) – enough to be honored for eternity.
Among the few employees left from the Cohan era, Stephen Curry, a year before the current ownership group, is led by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. The warriors were 25-56 in Curry's rookie season, 36-46 the following season and 23-43 in his third season. Then there was a time. . .
Curry knows, like the team's long-standing fans, how absurd this turn is.
"It is surreal, to be honest when you talk about the history of the organization and how hard it is to win NBA games, win championships and lace together year after year," he said. "It requires a collection of talented guys, an obligation to try to put together the best team possible every year. And that's the front office, the coaching staff all the way down."
The warriors and their fans have evolved from the years to ask for the playoffs to the annual expectation of the championship parade. They once hoped satisfactorily. They now expect excellence.
"When I came here, I think there was a 23-winter season the year before," said Green, who was drafted in 2012, three seasons after Curry. "The next year was my rookie year and we made the playoffs and we won (47) games. To get the race we currently have, it is a special thing.
" But by saying that we get the opportunity to do so with a special group of guys, a special organization, a special coaching staff, a special group of owners, a special front office. It is more about the people you come to work with every day. That's what makes running as possible. That is what makes running as such sustainable. "
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Warriors was 51-31 in Mark Jackson's last season coach, who have since won 67, 73, 67, 58. This year 5, they are in 50 – and count.
Therefore, Kerr says that he did not sweat the awful performance that the warriors sat down on a 35-point loss to Dallas in Oracle.
"It's hard for anyone to Understand what these guys are going through physically, emotionally, and spiritually, trying to defend the crown, trying to win the title, trying to stay on top of the mountain, "said the carts." It's hard. And last night they had nothing. They had nothing in mind.
"The great thing about this team … they're always jumping back because they have so much pride. What they've achieved – this team has the best record in the last four seasons (265-63) as any four-year term In the NBA's story, what they've done is just remarkable. Last night it was difficult, but it's also hard to do what they've done. We need to give them a pass and we'll continue. " Understand, 50 wins do not guarantee anything in the postseason. The NBA cemetery is filled with main stars, marking the first round of death of 50-winner teams. In the first of their six 50-winter seasons, 2013-14, the warriors were such a team, excluded in seven of the hated Clippers.
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Here's one thing a number of 50 winter seasons can assure: Respect. It was something the warriors had to serve.
"I have a real understanding of what we have been able to do," Curry said. "But I will continue this as long as we can."