After coming off the biggest collapse in NBA Finals history, the Warriors turn their attention to the offseason. And the offseason is all about one guy: Kevin Durant. Can the Golden State Warriors find a way this offseason to sign the Oklahoma City Thunder star?
Castaneda and Steinmetz talk about the pros (many) and cons (few) of acquiring Durant. But can they actually pry Durant to the Bay? That will be the theme of free agency and that’s what the boys discuss.
Sal and Steiny also talk about what other moves the Warriors might have up their sleeve should their pursuit of Durant come up short.
It was three days ago that the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. While that may seem like a long time, the reality is that Sal and Steiny needed a cooling off period.
After two days of hot takes, quick reads and fast opinion, Castaneda and Steinmetz take a more measured approach in their look-back. Just how epic of a collapse was it by the Golden State Warriors? Well, you could argue it was the biggest collapse in Finals history. You could also make a case that the Cavaliers staged a one-of-a-kind comeback.
As the cliche goes, it's probably a combination of both, but Steinmetz wonders if the Bay Area media and national media are giving the Warriors a pass on any criticism. The boys wonder how LeBron James would have been lambasted had he played like Stephen Curry. But Curry has largely escaped criticism. Or has he? The boys discuss.
Despite the Warriors' soul-crushing defeat, Steinmetz also makes a point to credit the classy and admirable behavior from GSW players.
The Golden State Warriors lost in Game 5 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and now must head back to the Midwest for Game 6 on Thursday. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had 41 points a piece but rather than give them credit, many fans instead have focused on Draymond Green's suspension.
And some of those fans are spending too much time talking about James' role and the league's decision instead of the cold, hard truth: Draymond Green and only Draymond Green is responsible for his suspension.
Steinmetz and Castaneda think too many are not holding Green accountable for his suspension. Steinmetz thinks nobody is telling it like it is: That Green let his team down. Period. That he chose to be selfish and pursue LeBron James instead of doing the smart thing: Walk away.
All of a sudden, we're headed back to Cleveland. This podcast also addresses a real concern about Castaneda and Steinmetz regarding how little they know about "Game of Thrones."
The Golden State Warriors have gone from the brink of elimination to the brink of an NBA title. Just a couple of weeks ago the Warriors were in big-time trouble, down 3-1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, then staged an epic comeback. Now, they're up 2-0 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Sal and Steiny talk about whether the Cavaliers have the wherewithal to stage any kind of comeback or whether this thing is essentially over. Unless there's a dramatic change, LeBron James' teams will lose in the NBA Finals for the fifth time ... against two victories.
So, what will LeBron's legacy be. Castaneda and Steinmetz both agree -- it's better to be 2-5 in the NBA Finals than it is to be 2-0.
By the way, is the Bay Area a Warriors' area now or is it still the Giants? Where do the 49ers fit in right now? Also, the two give a well-earned shoutout to Dan Rusanowsky, the Sharks' radio play-by-play man. The guy is phenomenal.