The Golden State Warriors on Monday evening defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, earning their fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.
Waiting in the wings are LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a fourth consecutive year. With a win in this year’s Finals, Golden State would etch its name in stone as the latest dynasty around the Association. It would represent the team’s third title in four seasons, culminating in back-to-back championships.
As the debate about Golden State being a potential dynasty rages on, general manager Bob Myers is not interested in talking about that possibility.
“I’ve never used the word dynasty. I’ve never felt that, because if you’re in this, (you know) like everything’s fragile. Even though some may not see our team as fragile, but it is. It’s people,’ Myers told USA Today Sports. “It’s a group of 12, 15, 25 people trying to stay together with a microscope on them, and it’s hard. So I always have felt vulnerable, even though people may not believe that.”
Record-wise, this is the worst version of the Warriors since they started their run back in 2013-14. Myers himself seemed to admit that, saying “We didn’t get a No. 1 seed. We played a team that was as driven as any team we’ve ever played to win.”
Houston nearly took out Golden State in the Western Conference Finals after earning the No. 1 seed out west. For their part, the Warriors won a four-year low 58 regular season games. It wasn’t anywhere near the dominating regular seasons that we’ve seen from the four-time defending conference champs during the Steve Kerr era.
Even then, three titles in four years and back-to-back championships would qualify as a dynasty for a Warriors squad that still has several years of elite-level basketball remaining. Myers might not want to admit it, but we’re looking at a dynasty here.