You knew the whispers were coming, I just didn’t expect them to be this intense. Are the Golden State Warriors about to implode from the core?
While a guest on ESPN.com’s True Hoops Podcast, Ethan Strauss elaborated on a little tidbit concerning the Warriors having issues that have nothing to do with basketball, and more about locker room in-cohesion.
“Is this malaise of theirs about not feeling motivated, not thinking they have something to play for. Is it just being tired? There’s one guy in particular on the team that keeps saying the same thing to me, and I can’t say who he is, but he keeps saying ‘We’ve got problems and it ain’t basketball.'”
“The Luke Walton question is an interesting one. I think what happened with Luke Walton in some ways speaks to some of the issues this team has where his success undermined Kerr’s authority. They played the best basketball they ever had when Kerr was not coaching the team, when Luke was letting them do a lot of what they really wanted and Draymond (Green) was essentially player-coach and that has ratcheted up the tension, I believe, between those two figures. And so it’s so hard to say. Is it because they miss Luke Walton? Or Luke Walton’s presence on the team and the success that came with it came to haunt them in some way.”
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston will be free agents in the offseason, with heavy conversation centered on whether Curry would really take his talents home to the Charlotte Hornets.