Dy­nasty in mak­ing? War­riors chase third ti­tle in 4 years

South Florida Times - - SPORTS - Woods is frus­trated but en­cour­aged. By AP Sports Writer War­riors chase third ti­tle in 4 years

JANIE McCAULEY

OAKLAND, Calif. - HeHHHhStephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr's Golden State War­riors have re­peat­edly said they want to build some­thing spe­cial for the long haul, to com­pete for cham­pi­onships year af­ter year.

LeBron James con­sid­ers his fa­mil­iar NBA Finals op­po­nent among the best teams ever.

Where the War­riors will put them­selves in the dy­nasty de­bate if they win a third cham­pi­onship in four years. And if they con­tinue to win ti­tles and there dom­i­na­tion doesn't ap­pear to be end­ing any­time soon there won't be any de­bate

“As a fan of the NBA, you could go down the list of the teams that won mul­ti­ple years and just dom­i­nated the league for stretches of time,'' Curry said.

The War­riors are try­ing to join Bill Rus­sell's Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jor­dan and the Lak­ers' trio of ti­tle runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic John­son and Ka­reem Ab­dul-Jab­bar in the `80s, and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only fran­chises in NBA his­tory to cap­ture three cham­pi­onships in four years.

The War­riors are half­way there, hold­ing a 2-0 lead against the un­der­dog Cavs as the se­ries shifts to Cleve­land for Game 3 on Wed­nes­day.

“Lis­ten, Golden State is one of the best teams I've ever played. It's one of the best teams that's ever been as­sem­bled,'' said James, who is play­ing in his eighth straight NBA Finals and fourth in a row against Golden State.

Curry, sharp-shoot­ing Klay Thomp­son, fiery Dray­mond Green and 2015 Finals MVP An­dre Iguo­dala make up an All-Star-stud­ded squad try­ing to re­peat af­ter James thwarted that quest two years ago when the Cavs stopped the de­fend­ing champs. Kevin Du­rant bolted from Ok­la­homa City to join the cast last sea­son.

“You look at it, they've got four Hall of Famers on their team in Klay, Dray, Steph and KD. They've got a Finals MVP that comes off their bench,'' James said in ref­er­ence to Iguo­dala. “... I don't know where they will fall in my book, but they will have a nice chap­ter.''

Not ev­ery­body is ready to crown the War­riors as a dy­nasty, not just yet any­way. Not even if they win the ti­tle this year.

“I don't like to go dy­nasty stuff, they've been the team of the decade,'' said Gary Pay­ton, the long­time Seat­tle Su­perSon­ics point guard who played 17 sea­sons through 2007. “That's what it is. They've been do­ing their thing. When we get into a dy­nasty is Michael Jor­dan and them win­ning six, that's a dy­nasty. The Golden State War­riors (would have) won three out of four, that's great.

“It's com­ing to be a dy­nasty. If you win a cou­ple more, then you're talk­ing about a dy­nasty. So three of them is in the right stage and the right move­ment to be­com­ing a dy­nasty, yes.''

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons are play­ing in a fourth straight finals chas­ing a re­peat they couldn't pull off in 2016 af­ter cap­tur­ing the fran­chise's first ti­tle in 40 years dur­ing 2014-15 with Kerr as a rookie head coach.

TNT an­a­lyst and for­mer player Charles Barkley wants noth­ing to do with dy­nasty talk re­gard­ing the War­riors.

“We don't have any dy­nas­ties. It's been a long time since we've had a dy­nasty,'' Barkley said. “T he Bulls won six, the Spurs won f ive. We've had a lot of re­ally good teams.

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA BASIN

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SPORTS FAN

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