When you make NBA history as much as the Golden State Warriors have the last three years, everyone seems to notice. That’s why it won’t come as a shock to hear the Warriors are featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.
Again. As in the 10th time since the 2015 season.
It’s a far cry from the days when the only way the Warriors graced the cover was if their star player choked the head coach.
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Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia adorned SI’s regional cover when the magazine hit newsstands Wednesday.
The featured story inside is how Golden State’s success goes beyond the talents of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Green. Namely, the Warriors use hustle to further distance themselves from other teams.
A look at the new-age “hustle stats,” the Warriors are coming up with the most loose balls (7.7 per game), most pass deflections (18.7) and the second-most contested shots (68.4 per game) and screen assists (12.7).
“We’d be good even without all that,” Green told SI’s Lee Jenkins. “We’d be damn good. You look around the league, you see a lot of stars who don’t make these kinds of plays, and they still have good teams. But they’re not serious. They’re not chasing greatness. We are, and we realize these plays are the difference between the stars that win and the stars that lose. So when you combine the little things we do with the skill and the talent and the dynamic scoring, then all of a sudden you have a (expletive) animal that’s almost impossible to contain.”