So guys! A few days ago, I went to Jared.
No, I’m not talking about the galleria of jewelry, with the plethora of diamonds, rings and pendants. I’m talking about having the opportunity to talk about the Golden State Warriors’ blistering start to the season with none other than NBA TV’s 10 before Tip host Jared Greenberg.
10 Before Tip is a fast-paced 30 minute show covering the biggest and latest stories from around the league prior to game coverage. Before the Warriors’ tilt with the Grizzlies, Greenberg gave me his insight about the Dubs’ season thus far.
GSoM: What’s surprising to you about this season’s Warriors?
Greenberg: I don't know if there’s anything that’s really surprising but I’d say that over the last couple of years, the team would just trust their ability to ‘flip the switch,’ but they haven’t been taking that approach this year.
It ( the approach) reminds me of the 73 win team. They had a chip on their shoulder, and they were locked in. This year, for whatever reason, they are coming to play.
GSoM: What do you think is their reason this year?
Greenberg: What I’m most impressed with about the Warriors is their self awareness, and I think it starts with Steve Kerr. This team is well aware of where they are historically. Instead of running from history, they are chasing it. You look at somebody like Klay; not only does he want to win for himself but he also wants to win more championships than his dad. These guys have that drive to be great and it’s refreshing.
GSom: DeMarcus Cousins is working quickly towards a return; if you’re Steve Kerr, how would you implement him in the system?
Greenberg: I think Kerr should utilize what he (Cousins) does well and plug him into spots. Bring him along very slowly. This is a win-win for the Warriors and for DeMarcus, but it’s going to be a test. It will be a test for the Warriors to make adjustments to his game and for DeMarcus to make adjustments to his. If DeMarcus plays his cards right, and not just with his health but also with proving that he’s a positive impact on this team—not worrying about playing time or points—he’ll get that massive contract in the offseason.
GSoM: Stephen Curry is a back to back MVP and three time champ. He’s also among the top ten in playoff points per game. Yet despite his accomplishments and achievements, he still doesn’t get the respect that someone of his caliber demands. Why is this so?
Greenberg: I believe that Steph Curry is a victim of his own success. The threes and the spacing, it’s unfair to say that he’s just a part of this when he’s years ahead. He is arguably the greatest shooter of all time, but when we call him that, it discounts the other things he does well —great finisher, rebounds well for his position, great screener. He’s playing on another level right now, and we need to not take it for granted.
GSoM: Recently, Kevin Durant said that he is secure in where he is as a basketball player. If this is indicative of his leanings in July, in what ways do you see him staying? In what ways do you see him leaving?
Greenberg: We’re going to hear speculation and rumors until July. But I think that KD is pretty darn happy basketball wise. He has tried to tell us many times that he’s happy to be one of the guys. He doesn’t really want to be the man or to carry a team, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a matter of where he wants to be. In the Bay Area, he’s finding joy and happiness on and off the court, pretty darn content. If they win the championship, why not return? Or maybe the game will be too easy for him and he’ll yearn for a challenge. No matter what, he doesn’t care what you and I think and that’s good for him.
GSoM: There’s a long standing belief that Durant and Curry will take votes from each other in the MVP race because of the dynamics of the team. But they are on pace to average 30 points per game each. Is a Co-MVP possible?
Greenberg: I am one of the voters and how it works is you get five lines. You put in your vote for one-three. If two players get an equal amount of votes, they can win co-MVPs. I’m not saying it can’t happen; it would just have to turn out that way.