Finally, after more than a week of waiting, the Golden State Warriors are one day away from taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive time.
This Warriors team isn't quite like the past two, of course, as Golden State added Kevin Durant to last year's 73-win squad. That addition created the ultimate superteam — a squad designed for the express purpose of taking down LeBron James.
If you're not already a Warriors fan, the mere idea of cheering for this juggernaut might leave a sour taste in your mouth. We get it. But if you're considering jumping on the bandwagon and just need a little push, we have you covered.
Here are five reasons you should root for the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals.
Draymond Green is the most compelling player in the NBA
Green is must-see TV at all times, whether he's giving way-too-honest answers in interviews at practice, yelling at one of his teammates with a game on the line, or practicing his high-kicks while matriculating his way down the lane.
Green's candor stands out in an era of politically correct sound bites and players trying not to give the opponent any bulletin board material. You can't help but root for him when he's at his devil-may-care best — so long as you're willing to overlook some of his more extreme tomfoolery, that is.
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Kevin Durant deserves a ring, even if he cut corners to get it
The animosity for KD is absolutely understandable. He deprived us of a compelling Western Conference playoff picture when he gutted the Oklahoma City Thunder and made a pre-existing title contender even stronger.
But we did this to ourselves. Durant knows that rings are all we care about when it comes to NBA legacies, so he went out of his way to get one — or two, or three, or four — no matter the cost.
Once you get past all that sports-based hate, KD is a nice guy who wants people to appreciate his talents. I, for one, won't be offended if he manages to snag a ring in 2017.
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A Warriors win puts a lid on the MJ/LeBron discussions
We have to say we enjoy the discussion about who's the real GOAT in NBA history. Arguing about this kind of thing is what being a basketball fan is all about.
If you're sick of hearing about The King vs. His Airness, though, you should be rooting for a Golden State sweep of Cleveland — because a second consecutive Cavaliers championship would prompt three-plus months of nonstop LeBron/Jordan talk from every sports media company in the galaxy.
The NBA thrives on dominance
Complaining about the Association's lack of parity is all the rage these days. Our playoff-watching experience has been ruined by Durant's decision to join the Warriors, creating just two teams that have any shot at winning the NBA title.
Unfortunately for those of us who like close basketball games, there's a dirty little secret: the NBA is at its best when two dynasties are going toe-to-toe, year in and year out.
Basketball isn't like football, where everyone has a favorite team, no matter how casual a fan you are. People want to watch superstars duke it out in the NBA, plain and simple.
A Warriors win would drive the creation of more superteams trying to take down this Bay Area Goliath — which sucks for the small-market teams, sure, but is best for the game in general.
If you're a total [EXPLETIVE], then root for the Warriors
This doesn't go out to pre-existing Golden State fans, although sometimes they can be a little rowdy on the ol' Internet.
But if you take one look at this NBA Finals matchup and decide you want to roll with the heavy favorites, then you probably think Juicero is the greatest innovation in human history.
You probably have a hard time picking whether to drive in the carpool lane by yourself in your Tesla or your Maserati.
You probably consider the homeless problem in the Bay Area to be an issue of aesthetics, not human suffering.
In other words, don't pick the Warriors — unless you're already used to lording your superiority over others.
If that's the case, then this is the perfect team for you.