Curry hit green with powerful three-word message after Warriors loss

The Golden State Warriors’ season may be over, but the greatness they represent is not.

It might be fair to characterize the team left in the Bay Area as the remnants of a dynasty. After all, the Dubs have missed the fair and square playoffs in three of the previous five seasons – two of them via losses in the Play-In Tournament and a third (2019-20) because Klay Thompson played zero games that season and Steph Curry appeared in only five, both due to injury.

However, it must be recognized that Golden State captured a title in between their postseason absences (2021-2022) and the franchise still has one of the top ten players in the NBA on the roster in Curry.

Curry reminded teammate Draymond Green of these facts with a powerful three-word message in the Golden 1 Center locker room on the evening of Monday, April 15, as their NorCal rival, the Sacramento Kings, ended the Warriors’ campaign for the play- offs ended in a way. of a 118-94 loss in the No. 9 vs. No. 10 NBA Play-In Tournament game in the Western Conference.

Green shared what Curry told him on Friday on “The Draymond Green Show” podcast.

“Right after the game in the Kings locker room I said, ‘I love you, buddy.’ He says, ‘I love you too. We’re not done yet.” Green said.

Curry’s “we’re not done yet” comment struck Green, which he then explained.

“You’re right. Got it. That’s noted. Cool, that’s not us. You’re right,” Green continued. “So considering we’ve done these things, I think it’s great. And we’re not done yet. ”

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Draymond Green, Warriors

GettyDraymond Green of the Golden State Warriors defends Keegan Murray of the Sacramento Kings during an NBA Play-In Tournament game in April 2024.

Completely discounting the Warriors as future contenders could indeed be folly, especially if Groen can stay on the ground.

Golden State finished the year with a 46-36 record, just three wins behind No. 6 and an exemption from the Play-In Tournament. Green missed 27 of the team’s 82 games over the course of the regular season, including 22 due to multiple suspensions he suffered for on-field misconduct.

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps roasted Green after the Dubs’ loss to the Kings via the “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective” podcast, which came out the day after the game.

This night is Draymond Green’s fault. And this season it’s Draymond Green’s fault. If you want to say, “Why are the Warriors losing today?” It’s all his fault.

This team has had to deal with his bullshit for a long time. And, as we all know, has apologized again and again for years. When he played this year, they were 33-22. When he didn’t, they were 13-14. They went 10-11 in the 21 games he missed with the two suspensions and what they called the … return-to-play process after he came back. If they win three of those games, they will not participate in the Play-In (tournament). They’re in the fifth or sixth seed, maybe higher, we’re not even talking about it today.

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Warriors are closing in on free agent Klay Thompson

GettyKlay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.

While Green may be the main culprit for the Warriors’ woes last season in an overarching sense, it was Thompson who came up short in the Dubs’ final 48 minutes of play.

Thompson finished the night in Sacramento going abysmal 0-for-10 from the floor with zero points in what could have been his last game ever in a Golden State uniform. The shooting guard’s colleagues talked about the good years he has left in his NBA career, telling one man they want him back in the Bay Area next season.

That could be a quality result for the Warriors, although it will depend on price. Thompson earned more than $43.2 million for his work in 2023-2024, one of the worst campaigns of his 13-year career — two of which he missed entirely due to injuries.

Golden State is likely a good buy with a new deal for Thompson with an average annual salary of less than $20 million, although it’s unclear whether such a deal would appeal to the aging Warrior or not.

If that’s not the case, or if the Dubs feel their money is better spent elsewhere, the franchise may not be done yet — as Curry suggested to Green. But it will happen to the trio that brought the organization and its city four titles in eight years, which in itself means the death of the dynasty.