A NBA FRANCHISE’s culture can only actually be quantified under pressure, which the Golden State Warriors now face in earnest for the first time this season: The Warriors trail the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference finals after Tuesday’s 118-94 Thunder victory.
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The Los Angeles Lakers’ mystique has been hollowed out by their losing. The San Antonio Spurs appear to have built the league’s most enduring culture, but who knows what will occur when Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retire? When Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade move on, the Miami Heat will face a similar challenge. Daryl Morey’s organizational doctrine in Houston was the issue of a flattering New York Times Magazine profile seven years past, but the Rockets are currently getting an extreme self-examination.
“We’re going to be a handful for the remaining part of the NBA to deal with for quite a long time,” Joe Lacob, The Golden State Warriors owner.
Four strong cultures in the NBA have endured for a decade: the Houston Rockets, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.
Lacob insisted that the Warriors will attain with ease the most challenging achievement for an NBA team: a culture so foundational to its identity that the franchise can be protected from all downfalls or setbacks in the organization. What makes the Warriors a sure bet?
Inquired about being down 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals, Warriors general manager Bob Myers said, “As an organization, one of our targets is to be consistently good over an extended time period, similar to what the Spurs and [New England] Patriots have achieved. Those organizations have been synonymous with success for decades and have set the bar very high for the rest of us, both on the business and team performance sides. We’ve got a ton of work to do and have a long way to go before we achieve that amount.
At some point, the Warriors’ tide will recede, or perhaps they’ll endure a sequence of bad luck — an injury to a key player or a no brainer of an acquisition who interrupts the magic. Only when occasions such as upcoming game 5 Thursday night, will the Warriors’ culture be examined and measured.