How much fun are the Golden State Warriors having?
A video out of the visitors’ locker room after the Warriors’ 128-100 win over the Knicks on Friday night pretty much sums it up. Apparently, there is so little challenge in beating up on inferior teams that the defending champions have to invent some side action.
Enter actor Josh Duhamel. The former husband of singer Fergie gave an interview Thursday in which he called Golden State’s Draymond Green a profane name for laughing on camera during Fergie’s strange rendition of the national anthem during last year’s All-Star Game.
The Warriors reacted to this perceived attack on one of their own with a hilarious video of Green, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and others all head-bobbing and dancing to a remix of Fergie’s anthem. Curry posted the video on Instagram with the hashtag #fergieremixchallenge.
“I have seen it. I don’t understand any of it, but I was thoroughly amused by what I saw,” coach Steve Kerr said after his team’s optional practice in Manhattan on Saturday.
Kerr certainly doesn’t mind if his players have a little fun, especially when they are winning the way they have been this season. Entering Sunday night’s Warriors-Nets game, Curry has been rolling, Durant has been rolling and Golden State has won three straight games and five of its first six.
Kerr, having won three titles as a player with the Bulls before they were broken up, knows more than most coaches about greatness and its fleeting nature. He talks like a man who is trying to enjoy every second of the present because the present is just so great.
Those of you with an appreciation of greatness and a few extra dollars might want to head to Barclays Center on Sunday because this is a show worth seeing in person. Golden State not only is the most talented team in the NBA but the most talented team in the history of the NBA. Once DeMarcus Cousins returns from injury, the Warriors will have the ability to start an All-Star at all five positions.
As they attempt to win their fourth title in five years, they really have one main enemy: boredom.
While the Knicks were as pumped up as a team can get to play the Warriors on Friday night, Golden State looked kind of bored with the whole affair until the final quarter, when Durant scored 25 of his 41 points to take charge of the game.
This, of course, is something you can do when you have a team with this much talent.
“We didn’t have anything going for three quarters because the Knicks were outcompeting us,” Kerr said after the game. “We win a lot of games just because we have more talent than the other team. What’s going to win us games at the highest level is both the talent and playing together and competing hard. We didn’t have that tonight for most of three quarters.
“We relied on our talent in the fourth. It’s a dangerous game to play sometimes because guys aren’t always going to make shots. We’ve got to be able to put together a better effort, especially on the road, where we are more engaged early in the game.”
Almost everyone out there believes that come the end of the regular season, the Warriors will shake off any problems they have with boredom. They are heavy favorites to win another title.
And almost everyone believes this team won’t be the same after free agency. Three starters — Durant, Cousins and Klay Thompson — could end up leaving for a better contract or a bigger challenge next summer. A fourth, Green, is eligible for an extension and has made it clear he wants to be taken care of.
In other words, this season can be seen as an almost sentimental farewell tour. Right now, the Warriors rank right up there with the Showtime Lakers, Michael Jordan’s Bulls, Larry Bird’s Celtics and Wilt Chamberlain’s 1966-67 76ers. In fact, many would rank them at the top of that list.
The Warriors will be a very good team after next summer, but they won’t be the same team and they likely won’t be great.
They won’t be a team that can celebrate a win and make a silly locker room video after playing one really great quarter of basketball.
Enjoy it now.