“We put in work, man. Stop telling that it wasn’t earned or we didn’t work for it, man. We were the most disciplined team all year, we preached teamwork and togetherness all season, and it’s hard to do that with a bunch of egos in the league, and we peaked at the perfect time.
We got better when I got hurt. We struggled at first, then, as a smart team does, that plays together, that’s unpredictable out there, they figured it out, and when I was hurt, they took it to another level. And then when I came back, we just kept going from there.
But we were disciplined, we had a message everyday – it was always just about us.” - Kevin Durant
I have to admit, this is quite the revelation. Here I was thinking that the Golden State Warriors dominance had more to with having an unforeseen level of talent on their roster and it turns out the real key to their success was the laziness of literally everyone else. Honestly, I couldn't feel more silly. Of course the biggest difference between the team that employs four of the top 20 players in the world and the other 29 teams that share the other sixteen is work ethic. Want to compete the 73 win juggernaut that then added one of the best scorers of all time? Don't concern yourself with forming a superteam, just try super hard!
All those other organizations are out there worrying about doing the impossible by matching up skill-wise, and they are ignoring the one thing that truly makes the dream work...TEAM WORK! Why waste your time trying to make up for a vast disparity in ability when it's better spent giving your shitty players more reps! Everyone knows success in the NBA is predicated on effort. The Warriors didn't win because it's literally impossible to guard three of the best shooters of all time at once. They won because those shooters preached togetherness. Nothing evens the scales of competitive balance quite like practice. It's really a shame that more franchises in a league full of professional athletes don't realize that.
In all seriousness, it's time for Kevin Durant to shut the fuck up. His finals performance was nothing short of awe-inspiring and he proved he deserves the ring that he all-but-guaranteed himself last summer, but in prematurely securing that championship 11 months prior he lost the ability to talk about how hard doing so was. The Golden State Warriors ability to sacrifice for the greater good is impressive, but the fact that their egregiously lopsided talent put work in to their profession like literally every single one of their peers is not.