Mere minutes after his defending champion Cavaliers were taken in Game 5 by the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James looked ponderous at the postgame media podium.
“They’re going to be around for a while,” James said of the Warriors, who had just won their second championship in three years. “Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down.”
That thought weighs heavily on not just James, but all 29 teams chasing the juggernaut of Golden State — a team that went 16-1 in the playoffs this year and has a core that should stick together for years.
It might be particularly weighty for the Utah Jazz, who were swept by the Warriors. Coming to the upswing of their own lengthy rebuild, the Jazz (assuming they return Gordon Hayward and some other key players from last year’s team) finally are competitive again. But “competitive” is a good deal below the benchmark set by Golden State.
“That’s the one thing about the Warriors right now,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said on a podcast recently with Adrian Wojnarowski. “We’re seeing a significant space between them and who’s behind them.”
It raises a question: How does a …
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