A lot of people deserve credit for the Warriors' success over the last four seasons. Larry Riley. Mark Jackson. Joe Lacob. Peter Guber. Steve Kerr. Bob Myers. Andre Iguodala. Klay Thompson. Draymond Green. Kevin Durant.
Those names are among the many that have contributed to three championships in four years and four straight NBA Finals appearances.
But the Warriors will always be Stephen Curry's franchise.
"We've been able to build a really stable culture, what we stand for and I think that starts with Steph Curry, who was here before all of us. Just what the team was trying to build as far as type of character and player they wanted. And he has a very strong personality, and I say that as far as, he won't waver as far as who he is as a person. You're never going to work wondering what he's going to be like on that particular day. I've known him for four or five years and he's the same person every single day, you know, just a solid human being. The six billion people on the planet, it's very rare that you run into a guy like that. So he sets the foundation and his talent is just unique as well," Iguodala said.
The belief that their culture has helped attract free agents is indeed true, according to the three-time champion.
"People just enjoy doing their job at the purest form and that's what we try to do. And that's how we were able to go out and get free agents and say 'Here, you want to play basketball the way it's supposed to be played and want to have doing it?'" Iguodala said.
"Guys just want to be part of something special and they want to be able to smile when they go to work and we've tried to build that environment," Iguodala said.
With gold teeth, three braids coming out of the back of his head and rim-rattling dunks, JaVale McGee brough instant excitement to the Warriors.
The McGee era is over now, but Warriors fans will still see plenty of him. After two years with the Warriors, McGee is teaming up with LeBron James and the Lakers.
The Lakers should be considerably better than their 35-47 record from this past season. Still, McGee knows how hard it will be for them to take down the Warriors.
JaVale McGee gets asked if it's possible to beat the Warriors with this Lakers team. "Yeah it’s definitely possible. But it’s not going to be easy. They have five all stars now, four immediately."— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) July 10, 2018
For the past two seasons, the Warriors were represented by four players -- Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green -- at the All-Star Game. This offseason, they added a fifth in All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.
Good luck, L.A.
Hey, let's have a pizza party!
... Or not...
LeBron James the business man is a partial owner of the restaurant chain, Blaze Pizza. LeBron James the basketball player has taken his talents to Hollywood as the newest member of the Lakers. To celebrate LeBron's arrival, Blaze Pizza announced it was giving away free personal pizzas at all of its Southern California locations for three hours on Tuesday afternoon.
And LeBron seemed up for a good old fashioned pizza party.
Haven’t been to a pizza party in a minute 🤔 Culver City? 👀🍕 https://t.co/1QxgALyekK— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 9, 2018
This single tweet caused quite the stir among Lakers fans. Lines were seen going on and on, seeming like it would never end in Culver City. There was just one problem -- James was apparently a little pre-occupied in his family pool.
"You’re at your luxurious home in your bathing suit, your pool, enjoying the weather and just chilling while we’re over here in this blazing heat trying to get a free blazing pizza that I still never got," one Lakers fan said to The Ringer.
LeBron has been a Laker for less than two weeks, but he's not doing the best job making new fans.