Real season success takes a unique approach to the game for both player and coach
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There are more than a few all star players, and winning coaches in the league who have never participated in an NBA finals, and odds are they never will. The post season takes a special athlete, with the competitive DNA to perform at a high level on basketball's biggest stage. A coaching staff which has the experience to guide them to sixteen wins in their quest for a championship is required.
The journey requires an owner, and his chosen staff committed to drafting, developing these special players, while providing a winning culture to nurture their growth.
Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, and Steve Kerr are the best examples this game has ever seen. This trio has eight trips to the finals, and four championships over nine years to show for their efforts.
Draymond Green commenting after the 157-101 destruction of the Portland Trail Blazers to end the regular season____"the moral of the story, it really doesn't matter. I was on a team that won 72 games, no one remembers that, just that we lost the last game of the season."
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The Golden State Warriors, playing their best basketball of the season, finished the regular season with an 8-2 record over their last 10 games, and will enter the playoffs with their roster at full strength. Steve Kerr, with the return of Andrew Wiggins, has the luxury of going to a 10 player deep rotation to face the Kings.
With their 102 games of playoff experience, Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, Green, and Looney will start. Poole, DiVincenzo, Payton, Kuminga, and Moody will come off the bench, with Green and Looney providing critical minutes to both rotations.
On April 15th, the Golden 1 Center at 5:30 pm will host the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors for game #1 of their I80 series. The much anticipated contest will be the first time the Kings and the Warriors have met in the postseason.
The Kings are making their first playoff appearance in sixteen years, while the defending champions begin their quest for another Larry O'Brien Trophy. The Warriors send the Kings on vacation in five.