Although the Golden State Warriors were defeated by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green doesn’t think it’s wise to think that the Warriors run,which has included three titles in the past 5 years, is over.
“I think everybody thinks it’s kind of the end of us,” Green said, according to ESPN. “But that’s just not smart. We’re not done yet. We lost this year. Clearly just wasn’t our year, but that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. But, yeah, I hear a lot of that noise, it’s the end of a run and all that jazz. I don’t see it happening, though. We’ll be back.”
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Green’s teammate, share Green’s sentiment.
“We’ll be thinking about this one. It’s tough,” Curry said. “But our DNA and who we are and the character that we have on this team, I wouldn’t bet against us being back on this stage next year and going forward. So, really proud of the way that we fought until the end, and this five-year run’s been awesome, but definitely don’t think it’s over.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reflected on the Warriors’ dominant run over the past 5 seasons.
“It’s hard to put into words how I feel about our team,” Kerr said. “What I’ve witnessed as their coach over the last five years is just an incredible combination of talent and character and commitment to each other. This just doesn’t happen. A group of guys like this doesn’t come around together and do what they did over the last five years. And I’ve been lucky enough to be their coach. That’s what I told them in the locker room.
“I can’t tell you my gratitude in terms of just being put in this position to be with this group and to coach them and to help them. But I could not be any luckier as a coach to be with these guys every day and to watch them compete and, boy, do they compete. I think they showed that throughout this series and throughout the playoffs.”
Green made it a point to note how the team battled, despite the losing effort.
“Obviously, you feel good about it, but it’s no shocker to us,” Green said. “We know what this team has been made of all along. I said it over and over again, the pretty offense will always be the storyline, but this team, a ton of heart. Everybody that steps on that floor displayed a ton of heart. So it’s no shocker to us that we continue to fight, but we came up a little short and that’s just it.”
Warriors’ Stephen Curry Suffers Broken Left Hand
Curry suffered the injury after a hard fall to the floor, following a collision with Suns’ center Aron Bynes, who fell on top of Curry’s hand resulting in a fracture in the second matacarpal, the bane in the hand below the index finger, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
“Obviously it’s been a tough start for us on many levels,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “So we’re just trying to find our footing. And obviously this puts us in a tough spot. So we’ll assess it, and we’ll go from there.”
“Just one of those things,” Kerr said. “Aron Baynes came up after the game and just wanted to know how Steph was doing. You could tell he felt really bad. It was just a random basketball play, so stuff happens.”
“I saw it happen,” Warrior’s owner Joe Lacob said. “So obviously sad. It’s not good. But sort of a silver lining maybe, because some of our young players are going to get an opportunity to play. So I like our young players a heck of a lot. So I think it’s a silver lining. Ironically, I’m an optimist, so we’ll see what happens.”
With so many injuries piling up on a disappointing start to the season for Golden State, Lacob dismissed the idea of tanking.
“It is against every single thing I and we stand for,” Lacob said, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We will fight like hell. Develop our young guys. Learn to win. You don’t get better by trying to lose. Our entire organization is about winning. And we will win. Some bumps in the road, perhaps. But we will never accept losing.”
Lacob added that the focus remains on the long-term plan for the Warriors.
“I’m just telling you that the bottom line is I’m not negative and I’m not going to get negative,” Lacob said, according to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami and Ethan Strauss. “I’m an optimist and we’re building something. You’re always looking short term and you’re looking intermediate term and you’re looking long term.
“And I think we’ve got a lot of good young players in place,” he continued. “Potentially, there’s a silver lining in all of this, who knows? And I’m very optimistic about our future. Very optimistic about our future. I think we’re going to be there at some point. Can’t say when. We’ve obviously got a lot of injuries now, but we’re going to be there.”
Jonas Jerebko Heading to Europe
Former Golden State Warriors’ forward Jonas Jerebko is continuing his playing career in Europe this upcoming season.
According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonos, Jerebko is close to sign with Khimki Moscow Region.
Jerebko averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last season with the Warriors, highlighted by some strong play during the playoffs.
James McAdoo to Play in Turkey
Former Golden State Warriors forward James McAdoo is heading to Turkey to continue his playing career.
According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, McAdoo has signed with Turkish team Besiktas.
McAdoo entered the NBA has an undrafted talent back in 2014, spending his first three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning titles with the Dubs in 2015 and 2017.
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