The Warriors, champions of the NBA, are already looking to the future

The goal was huge: to return to the top of the NBA.

And now that that monumental task is complete, NBA champion Golden State Warriors already have a new goal: to stay up there for a while.

The cigars of victory had not been extinguished after the decisive victory in Boston, the last festive bottles of Moët & Chandon had not been emptied, and the subject – can the Warriors win again next season? – was already happening. They’ve been installed by FanDuel Sportsbook as favorites for the 2023 NBA title, and with Finals MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all back, it would be foolish to think their chance at a fifth championship in nine years was n is not very real.

“It still hasn’t been proven that when we’re whole anyone can stop it,” Green said.

It’s true, and that’s why it makes sense for the Warriors to carry the burden of being favorites next season. They know what it takes; they have as many championships over the past eight seasons – four – as the rest of the league combined. The last run that was better than this was hosted by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, winning six in eight years in the 1990s.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr — now a nine-time champion — played for the Bulls for part of that run and led Golden State to those four titles.

“They are all unique. They’re all special,” Kerr said. “I think this one has perhaps been the most unlikely from the perspective of where we’ve been for the last two years. Lots of unknowns.”

Indeed, there were questions.

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