The Golden State Warriors are still the five-time reigning Western Conference champions, but it’s hard to tell that from the start they’ve had to this season. Roster turnover, crippling injuries, and a youth rebuilding project have turned the once unstoppable dynasty into a wounded battalion of strangers clawing for survival until the Splash Bros return.
The Dubs have lost 16 of their first 20 games, a mark of futility so terrible that you would have to go back to the time period around Y2K to find the last time they were this awful.
The 2000 and 1998 versions of the Warriors both started off their seasons 4-16. The ‘98 squad was infamous for All-NBA star Latrell Sprewell putting hands on head coach P.J. Carlesimo during practice.
The 2000 team is best remembered for firing Carlesimo that December after he led the troops to a 6-21 record.
Those teams were saddening exhibitions of organizational dysfunction and on-court mediocrity. Thankfully, the current iteration of the Warriors is merely wounded; not irreparably broken.
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