Golden State Warriors Open Up on Why Team Chemistry Key to Success
Game 3 was quite literally a shock to the entire basketball world.
How could something like this be possible? The Golden State Warriors not only defeated the Houston Rockets on their home floor, but obliterated the best team, at least record wise, in the entire NBA. With a 126-85 blow out victory, Game 3’s recap told a telling story that the NBA still belongs to the Golden State Warriors and no other competitor can even touch them.
For the Warriors, while the talent is all there, it starts elsewhere.
“We’ve got good guys. Nobody’s tripping. A very ego-less group,” veteran back-up David West said. “In this environment, you can’t be mad. I’ve had to tell the young guys, ‘Y’all need to talk to some other people, ask guys what it’s like in other environments because this is not normal. You (expletives) better be thankful to God.’ (Expletive).For a coach to, even when you’re young, sort of give you the freedom to be yourself and develop your own identity — as opposed to saying, ‘This is who the (expletive) you gone be.’ I told that to all of them. Damian Jones, Pat (McCaw), whoever else the (expletive) in here who’s young. Those of us who’s been to other places — Andre, Shaun, myself — we know this isn’t normal. Even Nick Young. He’s been saying all year, ‘I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life.’ A lot of it is the environment we have here.”
The chemistry and cohesiveness that has been created in the Warriors’ locker room is second to none and the trust that the Warriors have developed amongst each other shows on the floor.
“Nothing was given too early and we appreciate the moment,” Stephen Curry said, who exploded at the Oracle with 35-points. “Now we’ve got (Kevin Durant), we haven’t changed really. We’ve evolved as players and people on and off the court. But the purity of what we do when we’re out here on the floor is what everybody focuses on and wants to protect as much as possible. It takes a very special blend of individuals and personalities to sustain, for sure.”
Glancing around the locker room, not a single player would disagree with Curry’s sentiments.
“I think you end up being what the bulk of you are,” Draymond Green said. “If the bulk of the guys would follow anything, you could possibly get someone who follows a guy the wrong way. But if the bulk of you are pretty self-sufficient, self-confident, competitive guys with matching goals, then that’s what you end up being. It’s like throwing a punch with one finger sticking out. You gon’ break that finger. If the bulk of you are made up of a bunch of good dudes, you’re probably gonna have a team full of good dudes because who wants to be the sore thumb sticking out?”
In a league where all sorts of drama is constantly created over having that “one guy” who can take you to the promised land in crunch time, the Warriors have a very different way of thinking. There is no hero ball, there is no reliance on their superstars. The Warriors capture exactly what the sport of basketball is about – teamwork.
“Ego is the downfall of every human,” Kevin Durant said. “When you release that (expletive), you start asking more questions like, ‘How’d you do that move? I want to learn.’ You kind of humble yourself and you look at life as a student. Everybody wants to be a teacher before they learn the whole lesson. That’s your ego. I feel like everybody here kind of went through their lumps and learned the game and now they can give their input. That’s the proper way to do (expletive).”
Can anyone really slow the best team in NBA history down?