New Dawn for the Warriors: How Team Chemistry is Defining their Comeback

The Golden State Warriors faced what coach Steve Kerr described as the most significant crisis during his tenure in San Francisco.

by Faruk Imamovic
SHARE
New Dawn for the Warriors: How Team Chemistry is Defining their Comeback
© Getty Images Sport/Ethan Miller

The Golden State Warriors faced what coach Steve Kerr described as the most significant crisis during his tenure in San Francisco. Fast forward to today, the narrative has taken a positive turn, with both Kerr and newly-minted general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr.

expressing confidence in the team's chemistry.

Navigating the Trade Waters: The Jordan Poole-Chris Paul Switch

Last July saw a significant shake-up in the Warriors' roster as they traded Jordan Poole, the player at the epicenter of the previous season's tumult, for the talented but somewhat contentious Chris Paul.

Paul, known for his history of rivalry with the franchise and some of its key members, raised eyebrows and ignited discussions about the potential impact on team dynamics. Yet, just a week shy of media day, the tune has changed.

The players, old and new, have committed to building a rapport even before the onset of training camp. The camaraderie they've fostered speaks volumes, with Dunleavy stating during a recent press conference, "So these guys are all in on making it work and us having a great season.

I really feel good with where we are at in September. The foundation seems robust."

Roster Conundrums: The Starting Lineup and More

As the Warriors ready themselves for the upcoming season, there are still strategic decisions to be made, notably determining the starting lineup and filling the final two spots on the roster.

Kerr is contemplating various combinations, emphasizing the importance of team-wide buy-in. "We basically have six starters," he remarked. "Everybody has to embrace it regardless of who is starting and who is not. It only works if the whole team buys in." Dunleavy, ever the strategist, believes that recent acquisitions, including Dario Saric and the signing of Usman Garuba to a two-way deal, address some of the team's earlier weaknesses.

His perspective on the current state of the roster is refreshingly open-minded: "We are kind of open, and I think that's a great position to be in where we have flexibility and can evaluate what's best for our team." The Warriors' journey from crisis to cohesion has been anything but ordinary.

As they continue to evolve and gel as a unit, their ability to navigate challenges will be critical. Only time will tell if this season sees them reaching new heights, but for now, the foundations appear promisingly solid.

San Francisco
SHARE