The Warriors watch from their summer vacation as the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat trade blows to advance to the NBA Finals and the Denver Nuggets wait for their opponent.W
The Dynastic Core in the Bay is experiencing something new.
Golden State veteran Andre Iguodala described on the most recent episode of “Point Forward” how the realization that the Warriors are not competing for a sixth championship in the NBA playoffs truly hit him.
Iguodala told co-host Evan Turner, “I got a text from Klay Thompson. “ … Hey, are you going to play golf soon? he said. Oh, Klay wants to hang out, I think.
That is when I realized he was bored. After that, I noticed the time and date and thought, “Oh, he’s not used to not working at this time.” Then it dawned on me: “Oh, this is different.” This amounts to a “slap in the face.”
In each of Iguodala’s eight years in the Bay Area, the Warriors advanced to the postseason. The Warriors reached the NBA Finals in each of their subsequent six seasons in the Bay Area after losing in the opening round of the playoffs in 2014. This streak continued until LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers ended the Warriors’ 2022–23 campaign in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Golden State missed the playoffs in 2020 and 2021, but Thompson was busy recovering from a pair of season-ending injuries and Iguodala was playing for the Miami Heat. Last season, they both made a successful comeback to the Bay, and in the summer of 2017, they were in San Francisco to celebrate an NBA title.
For the four-time champs, scheduling tee times in May is truly a new — and disagreeable — challenge.