A loss to the Spurs on opening night followed by a couple of narrow victories against inferior opponents, and a certain segment of the basketball cognoscenti are already writing the Warriors’ eulogy. Such is the climate in Golden State this season where, because of their offseason acquisition of Kevin Durant, they’ve had little choice but to assume the role of villains.
Even before Durant, the Warriors were always a tad bit villainous. They have the most belligerent trash taker in the league (who also has a penchant for targeting people’s privates), the way they dominate their opponents is merciless to the point of being disrespectful, and they’re just quite simply leaps and bounds better than at least 27 other teams in the NBA.
For many, adding Durant to the mix just seems unfair, and there’s been a shifting tide of sentiment toward the Warriors where it’s clear that a growing number of NBA fans are rooting for them to fail this time around.
“We can’t control that,” Curry said to ESPN. “It’s kind of a hard thing to get at, because we’re not the ones writing stories. We definitely have fun and play a certain style whether you like it or not. That’s who we are, but I guess it took until this summer, this offseason for some negative stuff to be written about us. But if you’re winning, and you’re winning championships and doing what you’re supposed to be doing, the scrutiny usually is for a good reason, and that’s what it is.”