Kurtenbach: Klay Thompson’s injury is an unfair end to the Warriors’ dynasty

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This isn’t how it ends, right?

Forgive me for thinking that one of the great dynasties in NBA history — a team that has given so much to the game — deserves a better fate. That this great Golden State core of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thomson deserves a more ceremonious fade. That the Warriors deserved another chance to prove their greatness.

The news Wednesday that Thompson may have torn his right Achilles tendon in a pickup game in Los Angeles portends something else.

If the injury is as severe as currently feared, Thompson, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, will be out another year.

And while circumstances will no doubt evolve over that period of time, if the Warriors wait it out and stick with their core three, they’ll enter the 2022 playoff push with a 34-year-old Curry, a Green with excessive mileage, and a Thompson coming off two unquestionably catastrophic injuries.

Is that a team with enough firepower to compete in a relentlessly difficult Western Conference?

Is this Warriors team without Thompson for another year good enough to allow Golden State to wait and see?

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There’s something deeply cruel about this fate.

Whether the Warriors were the true creators of the movement or not, there’s no question that they ushered in a better era of professional basketball. Willing ball and player movement, relentless switching defense, and lights-out shooting from the two best to ever do it, Curry and Thompson, made Golden State a powerhouse that was also a joy to watch. The Splash Brothers were the backcourt envy of the league. So many around the league have tried to replicate their chemistry and success. No one has come particularly close.

The good times weren’t going to last forever. The Warriors were no doubt going to have to work harder than they had worked in a half-decade to go to a sixth NBA Finals in seven years this upcoming season.

Could they still reach those highs from a few years ago? Did they have enough around them? Had age and all those miles caught up to them? Had the league — which has been fully Warriorfied — caught up to them?

But these core three Warriors deserved a …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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