Inside the Warriors’ New Reality and Their Uncertain Future

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That’s what Klay Thompson told Steve Kerr Thursday night, back when everything still seemed possible for the Warriors.

Moments earlier, after crashing to the floor and being helped off, Thompson had emerged from the tunnel, hopped up and down, and sunk two free throws, giving Golden State an 85-80 lead with fourteen minutes until Game 7. Inside Oracle Arena, the din was reminiscent of the old days, when Nellie’s troops toppled the Dirk-led Mavs. When the Warriors were underdogs. Now they just needed one more miracle. One more dagger.

In that moment, before the ACL diagnosis and the heartbreaking, last-minute loss, before the full weight of the week’s events had time to settle, the old magic remained. So did the dynasty. The questions posed were different. The future was still bright.

Eighteen hours later, when Steve Kerr and Bob Myers emerged from the Warriors’ offices at the practice facility in Oakland on Friday afternoon to address the media, walking across the court, stone-faced, much had changed. Myers sat on a high-backed chair, still seemingly in shock. “I don’t know how to explain anything in the last two weeks,” he said.

Remember the events of November? It feels like an eternity ago in the narrative of the Warriors. That’s when Draymond Green and Kevin Durant got into a shouting match on the bench. At the time, it posed what Kerr called, “Our biggest challenge to date.” Sounds almost quaint now.

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