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NBA Finals Preview: The Tale of Two Cities

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The Golden State Warriors are making their first NBA Finals appearance since 1975. 40 years. For the last twenty of those years the Warriors were considered one of the most inept franchises in the league, if not all of professional sports. From management to the last guy on the bench, the Warriors were often the butt of jokes. This the franchise that drafted Adonal Foyle one pick ahead of Tracy McGrady. In 1996, the Warriors took Todd Fuller 11th. Four of the next six picks: Kobe Bryant, Peja Stojakovic, Steve Nash, and Jermaine O’Neal. The Warriors couldn’t get out of their own way. We’re talking about the team that let themselves get bullied into trading their superstar (Chris Webber) for a package that ended up getting wasted, in favor of one of the top head coaches in the league (Don Nelson), only for Nelson to burn them and leave a year later. Under former owner Chris Cohan, it seemed like the Warriors front office intentionally made laughable moves. In August of 1997, the Warriors traded their most popular player in franchise his