Everything You Need to Know About the Warriors For the Playoffs
After a seaon of surprises and setbacks, the Golden State Warriors are in the hunt for another NBA title. We've got everything you need to know about our mighty Dubs as the post-season begins.
On the Court
The Warriors are as successful as they are because they don't rely on one superstar. They're an entire team of exceptional players.
Even the most casual of NBA fans know who Steph Curry is. You've seen the highlights, the press conferences, and the Instagram videos. The so-called Baby-Faced Assassin is as deadly as ever. Klay Thompson has shown that he's no longer just Steph Curry's Splash Brother. He's an incredible player in his own right. Few players show the passion that Draymond Green, 2017's Defensive Player of the Year, does. No one is more primed for the post-season than 2015's NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. And who could forget the Warriors' biggest acquisition, 2008's Rookie of the Year and back-to-back NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant?
While "The Hamptons Five" have proven to be an elite roster, the Warriors' bench has also shown tremendous depth. This season's pickups Jonas Jerebko, DeMarcus Cousins, and Alfonzo McKinnie have provided the extra push off the bench throughout the season.
The Warriors also have the benefit of great coaching. Head coach Steve Kerr had spent a lifetime in the NBA as a player, analyst and executive. In his first season as the Warriors' head coach, he took them all the way.
In the Office
The Warriors' president and CEO is Rick Welts. You might not know it, but Rick has probably done more to shape the NBA you know and love than anyone. Did you know that it was Rick who came up with the idea for taking the one-night All-Star Game and turning it into the multi-event All-Star Weekend? Rick has also been a leading voice for diversity in the NBA, as the first openly gay executive in the league. He's been a terrific ambassador for San Francisco and has plenty of suggestions for what you should do when you visit.
In the Stands
Warriors pride courses through the entire Bay Area, with fans all the way from Vallejo to Palo Alto regularly packing into Oracle Arena. There are few fan bases whose patience and support has been so well-rewarded. And wherever you go in San Francisco, you can find top-notch bars and restaurants where every game of the Warriors' next run for the championship will be shown. You can even toast Steph Curry's success with some curry-inspired dishes.
So get your gear and make sure you've got a sick day saved in case of a parade. It's playoff time for the Warriors and we think there's another trophy in their future.