Remember the 2016 NBA season? The Golden State Warriors were fresh off a title. But LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers had other ideas. Okay, so mostly LeBron did. Since the Cavs took that title, though, the Warriors have won two championships in a row. They’ve won three of four and are looking to three-peat. And along the way, they’ve beaten the hell out of Cleveland…twice. Don’t ask the likes of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to feel bad about that, though.
Because they won’t.
“That was funny. Look how that turned out,” Thompson told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater when asked about LeBron’s Halloween party depicting Golden State’s “3-1 Lead” on tombstone cookies.
Since then? Demolition. The Cavaliers have won just one game in the Finals since, and James no longer plays for them.
“… That was crazy. I forgot about that. Well, look at what pettiness gets you. Gets you 1-8 in The Finals. Idiots,” Thompson added.
Green chose to focus on another area, though. When talking about how other teams go about their business in the day and age of the dominant Warriors, he doesn’t think much about it. He accepts that they are the team to beat. It’s that simple.
“I just think it was our time. It’s still our time,” Green told reporters. “I’ve never thought about it in the sense that, ‘Oh, if we weren’t there, it would’ve been great for them.’ Nah. It was and is our time.”
But what if, right? What if the Cavaliers didn’t have to compete with these Warriors? Let’s say Golden State’s dominance didn’t start for another year — what then?
“They probably would’ve won one more,” Green added. “Kyrie (Irving) probably would’ve never left. Things would be a lot different. But, hey, sucks. Sorry about it. Gotta roll with the punches.”
Ouch. As for where the Cavaliers are at now? Well, things couldn’t be much worse. LeBron plays for the Lakers and the Cavs are just about the worst team in the NBA at 5-18. Only the Bulls and Hawks (19) have more wins out East. Plus, it doesn’t look like Cleveland has a plan for the near (or long-term) future.
Much unlike the Warriors.