Listen: Warriors can learn from Showtime Lakers after Durant-Green meltdown
"You're listening to the spoken edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Warriors can learn from Showtime Lakers after Durant green meltdown by Scott Osler opportunity knocks before Monday nights courtside meltdown between Draymond green. And Kevin Durant. The warriors were on their way to making history by winning their fourth NBA title in five years, maybe on their way to a couple more titles after that big stuff. They figured to go down in history as phenomenal team with an asterisk so much talent that it was impossible to lose. Now, the warriors can wipe out the asterisk and stamp themselves. As a team that transcends its greatness and teaches the world lessons in character, toughness and brotherhood. If the warriors managed to survive this crisis and win another title, and maybe keep the band together going into next season. Even the doubters and haters will be forced to admit men. This is a team it won't be. Easy. This one goes deep. The case can be made that the warriors were born as championship team in their preseason finale in twenty four teen when power forward David Lee pulled a hamstring. Green was moved into the starting lineup and the warriors won twenty one of their first twenty three games. And haven't looked back does the dynasty now. Die with green. Well, that's up to him to Durant and their teammates one thing that might help. Stop throwing around the cliche that the warriors are like a family and every family has squabbles. Most families Aren composed of multimillionaires from vastly different backgrounds. Superstars, all whose performances and personal lives are inspected and critiqued on a daily basis by millions. If the warriors are a family there the Kardashians. Except that the Kardashians are forced to get along. They have no other options. What is going to leave the show and do summer stock? The warriors. In trying to hold things together and rise above the mess. They've created might wanna give Magic Johnson or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar call back in the eighties. Those to lead the Showtime Lakers to five NBA titles and three other trips to the finals, and I kind of image is the ecstatic Johnson bear hugging Obdulio Jabbar moments after they won their first NBA game together in nineteen seventy nine to the outside world. That's how the Lakers wore for a decade. Conjoined quintuplets fused at the heart. But those two main men magic and Kareem were not tight. It would be hard to find two personalities more destined for conflict. Everybody could see that. We weren't favored POWs or buddies the first three or four years Johnson told sportswriter Steve Springer in me when we co wrote a book about those days magic and the other players tiptoed around Abdul Jabbar, the Mikhael center big fella as they called him soaked public. Weekly. When Johnson got fat new contract. Johnson privately longed for the day when Obdulio jabbar's retirement would allow him to unleash his full array of offensive talents throwing elements of sex drugs and rock and roll a legion doubters and haters and a complex cast of teammates all unfolding onto the spotlight of Hollywood and the birth of the new NBA, and it's a wonder Showtime held together for ten minutes. Let alone ten years in retrospect, it looked so smooth but old fans. Remember, how Johnson became the first athlete ever to fire his head coach and how the front office dynamited team chemistry by trading a beloved all-star, nor Nixon and how the players nearly mutinied at what they perceived as the theatrical tyranny of head coach, Pat Riley, it would take volumes to explain how it worked. But for Johnson it all came down to his pet phrase that seemed as shallow as the LA river. But was as deep as the Pacific Ocean. It's winning time back then parsing out the relative blame in credit was impossible, and useless. Same now with the warriors where does green register on the one to ten guild scale six point five when is Durant going to get that huge warriors forever neck tattoo. We all know how warriors owner Joe lak- feels about the organization, but we're about to find out if this team is light years ahead of the rest of the NBA in unity and character or just another group of skilled squad lers in Steve Kerr, the warriors couldn't possibly have a better head coach to guide them through this turbulence if Dr Phil judge Judy and Jimmy Fallon somehow had a kid it would be Kerr. But this one is on the players. The warriors challenge might be even harder than the one faced by the stone-age Lakers back in the days before Twitter and podcasts, but the concept is the same. Same. It's winning time. There's the time clock warriors. Do you punch in or punch out?"