The Golden State Warriors core is discovering its first gray hairs

“I just feel old playing these young bucks,” Klay Thompson told the media

The Golden State Warriors have been hovering at or around .500 all season long. In 2020 and 2021 you could chalk it up to injuries and the reloading process. That championship hill their overwhelming talent allowed them to ascend is starting to appear too steep for their core to climb on its own. A decade ago Steph Curry emerged as a scene-stealing superstar by dropping 54 on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. They’ve bolted the nexus of wisdom and peak athleticism. In NBA dog years, a decade is a generational shift and the Warriors are beginning to discover their first gray hairs.

Since winning their fourth championship in eight years, the Golden State Warriors have found themselves plucking grays out left and right. It’s not all old age. On the road, they’re weighed down by their bench rugrats. By contrast, the five-man lineup consisting of Klay Thompson, Curry, Kevon Looney, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins is still the league leader in net rating. They’re stuck in a race against time squeezing them on both ends. The Warriors odometer serves as an unofficial barometer of time and the mileage is racking up.

They definitely aren’t geezers yet, but the Splash Brothers are Splash Seniors. Green is on the verge of becoming a valuable relic as he plays out what could be the final year of his Warriors contract. The happy-go-lucky Warriors of the mid-2010s accelerated the NBA’s shift in offensive philosophies. Their verve, energy, that sparkle in their eye, and the avant-garde floor spacing their motion offense provided, has dwindled as has their advantage over the rest of the league. Instead, they just seem burdened these days.

‘This ain’t 2014 no more’

Green’s beard is more salt than pepper every day and he’s already begun planning his post-career endeavors. Curry relies more and more on his old man strength he’s earned by bulking up his frame. A week ago, Curry drove his shoulder into Chris Paul’s chest and muscled through him for a baseline drive and score before cameras caught him mouthing, “This ain’t 2014 no more.”

In a vacuum, it was harmless trash talk. Everyone knew it wasn’t 2014 anymore, but Curry instinctually referenced decade-old wars with superstars encroaching on 40, radiating oldheads recollecting at the cookout vibes. Thompson is 33 and Curry is 35.

Following Golden State’s victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, Thompson couldn’t help but opine on the development of Houston’s young whippersnappers, the passage of time, and how the space Houston’s arena sits on used to be a forest. OK, he didn’t say that last part on the record, but he did go on an unprompted flashback.

“It is strange looking over there how young their team is,” Thompson explained during his presser. “The Rockets I used to play in the 2010s were seasoned vets, all littered throughout that roster.”

Curry’s newfound old-man strength aside, he’s still performing at a peak level. His perimeter-oriented game was always more conducive to aging well. Off the court, he’s leading the charge on some California NIMBYism. If real estate fires you up, congrats, you’re an old fogey.

Alternatively, Thompson has manifested ways to cook younger defenders since recovering from devastating injuries suffered in 2019 and 2020. He’s just gotten more ornery than ever. In the final seconds of Golden State’s blowout loss to the Memphis Grizzlies last week, an angry Klay Thompson, tabulated the number of titles he’s won to the Grizzlies’ bench with his fingers. He’s done that sort of thing before.

Klay could use some advice from Progressive’s Dr. Rick

Klay sounds like he needs Progressive Insurance’s Parenta-Life Coach Dr. Rick to keep him from spouting dad-isms or bragging about cleaning his trash can. In November, Ramona Shelburne published a glowing ESPN profile on Thompson and how his love of boats served as a distraction during his comeback from a torn ACL and ruptured Achilles. He even has different multiple names for his boat, calling it the Nordic Knife or Splash Express. Where’s Dr. Rick and his v-neck sweater offering stern advice when you need him?

During the Warriors 2021 Media Day, Thompson even volunteered an explanation of his boat names to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerithe Burke.

“She was made in Finland, so that’s Norwegian I think. She cuts the water like a knife, so I call her the Nordic Knife. People are like ‘why would you name your boat after a weapon?’ I’m like ‘it’s not a weapon it’s just the way she rides.’ It’s so fast. Then Splash Express is when I’m carrying my friends on board and we’re commuting.”

Steve Kerr’s innovative offense is still razor-sharp, but defenses have compiled the personnel and switchable defenders to blunt their proficient execution. Green is still an elite two-way point center, but his career mortality is more precarious than Steph and Klay’s.

Watching them mature with me through my adult years has me waking up every morning wondering when my first gray hair will grow in. 10 years from now? Five years? Next week? And where? Is it already peeking out? Will it start with a sprinkle in my head? Chest? From a nostril?

Golden State has had equivalent questions all season. Andre Iguodala has been a glorified assistant coach for two seasons. Can Green cover ground as well as he did a half-decade ago? Probably not. Will Curry suffer a third major injury this season? Hopefully, not. How much longer can they commit to Thompson given his contract expires after the 2024 season? Is Bob Myers moving on? Possibly.

The glimmer of hope is that the dynasty they succeeded was able to stave off time longer than most teams of yesteryear have. At the time of their final championship in 2014, San Antonio’s Big 3 of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan were 36, 32, and 38, respectively. Curry, 35, Thompson, 33, and Green, 33 are on borrowed time, but they’ll need one of the young bucks to pick up the slack ala 2014 Kawhi Leonard. Maybe these Warriors will rediscover the fountain of youth in the postseason and rip off a run or rebound in 2024 when Jonathan Kuminga makes his next quantum leap forward, but until then their cracked hourglass is running out of sand. 

The Timberwolves’ awful season just got a level worse than awful

Anthony Edwards got injured during Minnesota’s loss to the Chicago Bulls

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ season from hell continued Friday night as they lost to the Chicago Bulls in double overtime and may have lost Anthony Edwards for the remainder of the regular season to an ankle injury. There hasn’t been an official update from the team. Edwards returned to the bench in a walking boot toward the end of the game and briefly told reporters he was going to be fine.

I can appreciate Ant’s attitude and toughness. He’s played in 71 of 71 games while other stars can barely be bothered to play seven straight. There are only three weeks left on the NBA regular season calendar, and the T-Wolves are a game out of the playoffs and a game away from missing the play-in.

But have no fear, Minnesota, backup should be arriving any time. (Hey, Karl, that’s your cue.) Karl-Anthony Towns is close to returning from a calf injury that has lingered for months. The update from two days ago was that KAT will be back in the “coming weeks.” Whatever that means better mean he’ll be back on the floor soon.

The Good

All things considered, it’s still not that bad because the bottom of the West is abysmal. Minnesota has to stave off the Jazz, Pelicans, and Blazers for the 12 seed. Two of those organizations are in a free fall, and Danny Ainge is doing everything in his power to keep the third team in the lottery.

Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert are more than capable of playing .500 basketball for a short span, and hopefully, it’s long enough to bridge the gap until Towns returns. Oh and when that happens, whatever issues Gobert and Towns had sharing the floor together better magically disappear.

The Bad

Minnesota without Edwards is the 2021 Utah Jazz but older and without Donovan Mitchell, and that’s about as depressing of a basketball situation as you’ll find. The front office gave away a million draft picks for Gobert, and the only argument it was a smart move is that he’s the last cornerstone standing.

D’Angelo Russell is a Laker, KAT’s natural state is nursing an injury, and the brightest spot of all the spots crumbled to the court Friday night and screamed “TIMEOUT!” like he was trying to stop a fight after getting belted by his older brother too hard.

The front office has already tried to retcon the narrative once, and it didn’t take, so if this season ends abruptly, the next steps could be more drastic.

The Ugly

The only way the Wolves avoid an offseason of pundits wondering who’s unhappy and fans making fake KAT trades is if they get into the playoffs and win a round. It’s possible, but it’ll take Edwards returning for the playoffs, and Towns going ballistic as soon as possible for as long as possible.

Any time we wonder which franchise is the gold standard for mismanagement, Minnesota offers up a season like this, or the year after the last time they made the playoffs when Jimmy Butler hacked his way out of Minneapolis with a machete. Then that prompts people to ask, “Weren’t you the team that took two point guards not named Steph Curry ahead of Steph Curry?” And things continue to spiral from there.

So, best of luck, T-Wolves fans. And just know, it’s not your fault.

We truly feel bad for Minnesota sports fans, but not enough to write nice things about Kirk Cousins. Read more Timberwolves and Vikings news on Deadspin’s team pages.

So, the Morning Roast host wants smoke

Oh no, a sports talk radio host is mad.

That’s the question for one-half of 95.7 The Game’s Morning Roast in San Francisco. Great Drake impersonation, getting all in your feelings after being called out for posting a Tweet about Andrew Wiggins’ personal issue — an issue he wants to keep private. Why go through the trouble of getting worked up after the Tweet’s been taken down?

Let’s not be so sensitive. It only perpetuates the stereotype about light-skinned Black dudes (you know, that we’re “too sensitive”). Tell KiKi it’s alright. Apparently, you have a lot in common with Drake. Nice promo, B.H. You even inserted a WWE reference while claiming to not know Deadspin existed, although you read the article. With the turnover rate of that station, trust me, you won’t exist much longer, either. Nobody called your show stupid. Relax and settle your nerves.

The argument was about the right of the outside world to know what’s happening with Andrew Wiggins. The team has spoken on it and says Wiggins wants some privacy right now. We know the question will be asked, but after that response, it’s probably time to move on. Fans can feel how they want, but it doesn’t make ‘em right. No fan is opting to forgo Warriors tickets because Wiggins is out for a while or for the remainder of the year. He’s been great for Golden State but c’mon. If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole are on the court, they’ll be in the building.

You did your job and asked what the fan base thought. But after a month of wondering and questioning, just let the man deal with what he’s going through. We’ll likely find out soon enough, anyway. Get your facts straight, though, and work on some better Mac Dre takes while you’re at it. That’s what you should be annoyed with. Since you represent the Bay Area.

Until next time…

Draymond Green drops big facts on Steph Curry vs. Chris Paul debate

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts after being called for a foul

Draymond Green is the NBA’s antagonist. He’s always involved in some altercation on the court or spouting off in the media and, more recently, on his own podcast. You can always count on Green speaking his mind and rarely biting his tongue. The latest example came on “The Draymond Green Show” podcast when Green dissected what he interpreted as Stephen Curry talking trash aimed at Chris Paul.

“The last time you were better than me was 2014,” is what Green interpreted by reading Curry’s lips in this exchange.

Maybe it’s debatable if this is precisely what the Splash Bro suggested, but Green presents a valid argument. The last time Paul was definitively viewed as a better player than Curry may have been in 2014. Curry captured the first of back-to-back MVP awards during the 2014-15 campaign. That was also the year Golden State won its first of four titles (this millennium) in eight years.

When looking at CP3 and Steph, it’s not even that close. Not as close as CP3 stans would want you to believe. Taking specific positions and titles out of the equation, Curry is hands down the better basketball player than Paul. Sure, there are categories where Paul might be ranked higher, like assists, but as an overall hooper, it’s the artist formerly known as the baby-faced assassin.

If those words came out of Curry’s mouth, he isn’t wrong. Four NBA championships, two league MVPs, NBA Finals MVP, and two scoring titles. To Paul’s credit, he’s led the Association in assists five times and steals six. Surprisingly Curry did lead the NBA in steals once back in 2016. Some people like to discredit the Warriors’ back-to-back championships with Kevin Durant, so even without those rings, Curry still has Paul beat 2-0.

You’ll have those who want to bring up the point guard debate and get technical, and that’s fine. If you want to say CP3 is the better pure PG of the two, you’ve got an argument. But if we’re being honest, there aren’t a ton of legit, pure point guards in the NBA, and there haven’t been for quite a while. Most of these guys played off the ball in college/high school and are only converted to point guards in the NBA because of their size. Most can handle the ball like a point guard but don’t necessarily play that Paul/Jason Kidd style of a true one.

Either way, Green made a great observation, whether he was doing it to start some mess or legitimately believed what he said. This battle of Paul vs. Curry hasn’t been much of a contest in years. Curry surpassed Paul and hasn’t looked back. As Green says, 2014 was nearly a decade ago. From then until now, Curry’s been the better player each season they’ve played. That’s not a biased or emotional opinion; it’s a fact. 

Steph Curry is why the Warriors get graded on a curve

Steph Curry’s play hides some pretty serious flaws in the Warriors.

Steph Curry lighting it up on a Saturday night in primetime while Mike Breen delivers an emphatic “Bang!” as the background chorus is a familiar scene. Curry is only four games into his latest comeback from his second major injury of the season, but the Milwaukee Bucks presented a litmus test for the Golden State Warriors at home. The Bucks have been the best team in basketball since Jan. 23, and the Golden State required a measuring stick to compare their progress to.

In his postgame presser following their 125-116 win, Steve Kerr complimented Golden State for how they closed by explaining that they’d demonstrated “championship stuff.” That phrase is a common refrain from anyone on the roster or coaching staff anytime Golden State delivers a big win. It’s akin to Bugs Bunny’s “secret stuff” Space Jam placebo. However, at this juncture in the season, it’s getting harder to believe those words for anything except motivational gobbledygook. Overall, Golden State still executes like a borderline honor roll receiving valedictorian hype.

Steph Curry hides all the Warriors’ warts

Saturday’s win kept Golden State from plummeting off the cliff, but Curry is a master illusionist, hiding the Warriors’ warts. For one, the road is their fatal flaw. At home, where they are 28-7, the Warriors can take care of business. On the road, they’re 7-26. The 67 percent split between their home winning percentage (80 percent) and away (21.2 percent) would still be the second-worst in league history.


Curry’s solar flare led to 11 points in the final 1:51 that overwhelmed the Bucks in crunchtime and sent the contest into overtime. It could have ended earlier if Draymond Green had an extra half-second to whip a pass to Curry on the wing instead of firing the potential game-winning shot himself. And in overtime, Curry fed off the crowd’s energy to deliver the coup de grâce.

Donte DiVincenzo loves playing against the team that drafted him, averaging 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in two clashes against the Bucks this season, but he can’t be relied upon on the road. Additionally, Andrew Wiggins’ month-long absence for undisclosed personal reasons is another hurdle for Golden State and it doesn’t appear he’s on the fast track either.


And yet, Saturday’s win put the Warriors just 2.5 games back of a top-four seed. However, needing overtime to beat the East-leading Bucks (who weren’t even suiting up a two-time MVP) casts a cloud around the win.


Just two nights earlier, Golden State lost their third in a row to a Memphis Grizzlies team that’s been spiraling without Ja Morant in the lineup. On Saturday, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence loomed just as large. Milwaukee has been fortunate to face the Nets and Magic in their first two games while Antetokounmpo rested a “sore hand,” but those two squads were light work.

Can Golden State go the distance this season?

A statement victory over the Giannis-less Bucks would have been a comfortable, runaway victory. Instead, Golden State had to count on Milwaukee to squander the lead away. After Jrue Holiday lost his dribble with 27 seconds remaining in regulation and the Bucks ahead by three, Curry took advantage of the opportunity to knot it up at 111 with a triple. On the Bucks’ final possession of the fourth quarter, Curry provided textbook help defense, beating Holiday to the spot as he drove into the paint, leaping straight up with his arms outstretched to swat Holiday’s potential game-winning floater.


In overtime, the Bucks finally ran out of gas, but it was a victory that exemplifies the strength of Milwaukee’s supporting cast.


It’s one thing for Golden State to be off their peak in December, but it’s another for them to still be tinkering above the .500 threshold as the playoffs near. Milwaukee was a win they needed to remain out of a dangerous play-in tournament scenario, but final exams are nearing and Golden State is still sitting on the pass-fail fence.

LA, the bill has come due for your Super Bowl

The Los Angeles Rams are reportedly shopping QB Matt Stafford

There’s one quarterback situation in the NFL that one would think is worthy of endless speculation. He’s a recent Super Bowl winner, plays in a massive market, and garnered two firsts, a second, and a capable starting QB on the trade market two years ago. If you haven’t guessed who I’m talking about already, don’t worry, he was in the art and the subhead for this story, and I honestly forgot about Matthew Stafford, too.

There have been rumors that he’s available, and despite what GM Les Snead says, it’s apparently Los Angeles who’s shopping him. The team is in tear-down mode after winning a Super Bowl a little over a year ago and bleeding out in the first five minutes trying to defend it, and this is what fans should expect out of owner Stan Kroenke.

The Rams are scrambling to get under the cap because the team’s title window slammed shut after they hoisted the Lombardi trophy, and the only blockbuster deals they’re exploring are ones where they’re shipping out the stars. We know Jalen Ramsey is on the block, and Snead was non-committal about receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Leonard Floyd on Thursday.


The caveat? Nobody cares

Coach Sean McVay’s future was the lone persistent storyline from L.A.’s 2022 campaign, and it’s absolutely fucking wild that the Rams aren’t doing everything in their power to lock up one of the best young coaches in the game and ensure he’s a lifer. Now, it takes two to start a retirement rumor, and McVay certainly plays a role in all the air time spilled over whether he was going to retire.


I just feel like he knows as well as anyone what ownership’s stance is moving forward, and it’s becoming crystal clear that the higher-ups are no longer willing to spend like crazy to contend. This isn’t Joe Lacob and the Warriors, and Stafford isn’t Steph Curry, but L.A. just traded a boatload of assets to get him. I get it though. It’s time for the ol’ 15-year rebuild that St. Louis residents know so well.

It always felt like the Rams saw the window closing on this team, and were being as reckless as possible not to capitalize but to validate their place in the league. And while they did come through with a ring, I’m not sure the Rams are who Kroenke or the NFL thinks they are. L.A. won a Super Bowl, and got to act like a first-rate franchise. But football fans know the truth. And the truth is, nobody gives a fuck about the Rams.


Colin Cowherd said Stafford is the best QB in the NFC on Thursday, and it didn’t melt anybody’s feed. Think about if he had shouted that about one of the clubs in the NFC that does matter a Philadelphia, a Dallas, a San Francisco. Only one of those teams has a player worthy of being in the discussion, but you get my point.

There are more Seattle Kraken fans than Rams fans. Opposing supporters flood SoFi every chance they get because tickets are always available. It was evident from Week 1 that L.A. had no interest in repeating, and even the few people who consider themselves Rams fans returned to their normal Sunday routines.


Los Angeles would trade Stafford if they could, but no one wants to take on $57 million guaranteed next year for that quarterback. He was in more Little Caesars commercials than games last season.

All this being said, the front office would be doing him a favor because if they thought they would try next year, their approach would not be that of a fire sale.


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