After ending their campaign with a heartbreaking loss against the Grizzlies, Steve Kerr reveals why he considers the Warriors’ 2020-2021 season as a “success”.
In the second half of the 2010s, the Golden State Warriors managed to establish themselves as a top 5 dynasty of all time. Reaching 5 straight NBA finals between 2015-2019, successfully winning 3 of them, finishing with a historic 73-game win season, the Warriors have virtually achieved it all.
However, the last year, with injuries sidelining GSW’s superstars, the team had one of their most poor seasons. Finishing with a league-worst 15-50 record, the six-time champs absolutely embarrassed themselves. With Stephen Curry and Draymond Green returning back to the lineup, this season, the morale at the Golden State camp went up.
While many analysts had written them off before the season started, the San Francisco-based team played their hearts out throughout the course of the whole season.
Finishing the regular season with the eight-best 39-33 record in the league, GSW fell to the Lakers and Grizzlies in the newly-added play-in tournament. Despite failing to make the postseason, head coach Steve Kerr deemed their 2020-2021 season as a “success”.
Steve Kerr reveals why he believes the Warriors’ season was a “success”
While Stephen Curry and his Warriors crew were looking frustrated to not make the playoffs, coach Kerr decided to consider this season as a learning experience. Reflecting on the positives their “successful” campaign had, Steve revealed:
“I think this season absolutely was a success, we would have loved to have gotten into the playoffs and tried to make a run. We were really a good team over the last 22 games I guess. To put together a stretch like that over an entire quarter of a season, that’s not a fluke, we were the No. 1 defense in the league during that span.”
“To watch Jordan (Poole), Juan (Toscano-Anderson), Mychal Mulder, these young guys grow and develop, that makes this a successful season because of what it sets up for next year.”
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Signing off, giving an open warning,” you don’t want to see us next year”, Curry believes that his team would be dangerous next year. And Steph actually might be true.
Finding a reliable group of players in Joan Toscano-Anderson, Mychal Mulder and Jordan Poole, the Warriors will have a young and experienced core. With Klay Thompson and James Wiseman hoping to return at their full strength, the Warriors will surely be a strong contender in the West.