The San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots and UConn women’s basketball team are perfect modern examples of teams that have a championship pedigree. They each have a history of winning, even if it doesn’t mean they’re winning titles every year.
Now, the Golden State Warriors have a chance to be the newest model of consistency in sports.
In an article published Wednesday from Mark Medina of The Mercury News, coach Steve Kerr talked about how the Warriors could become like the Spurs as they embark on a new era. Kerr is currently in Las Vegas working as an assistant coach with USA Basketball to prepare for this summer’s FIBA World Cup in China.
While Kerr is optimistic about his team, he also realizes how difficult it will be to achieve the kind of consistency the Spurs have earned over the years.
“It may be a pipe dream, honestly,” Kerr said.
The Spurs haven’t missed the playoffs since 1997, and they’ve won five championships in the past 21 seasons. The Warriors have won three titles in the past five seasons, and they haven’t missed the playoffs since 2012.
The Warriors’ core of Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson also hasn’t been competitive together for as long as the Big 3 of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker was.
Duncan, Ginobili and Parker won four titles together in 12 seasons, their last one in 2014 coming with the help of Kawhi Leonard. While Duncan, Ginobili and Parker never won back-to-back titles, it was the trio’s consistency that made the Spurs so formidable every season.
What the Warriors will have to do to is retool and maintain– and they’ll have to do that for at least the next five or six seasons to match what the Spurs have done.
It’s something Golden State is capable of doing, though. Curry, 31, is in his prime, and he has three years left on his contract, including this upcoming season. Green recently signed a four-year extension with the team, and Thompson signed a five-year max contract with the Warriors this summer.
As the Warriors look to build on their success with the 2010s nearing its end, it’ll be interesting to see how they maintain their status as a competitive team in the Western Conference.