Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors look unbeatable right now. As in, there’s really no reason that they should lose any games this season. When they’re playing their best basketball—or hell, when they’re playing half as good as they’re capable of playing—the Warriors have more talent than anyone in the entire NBA. It’s why people are already putting them into the same category as the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team that went 72-10. The Warriors are that good, and there’s a pretty good chance that they’re going to eclipse what the Bulls were able to do. Unless injuries suddenly hit and Curry isn’t able to play for an extended period of time, the Warriors are going to make history this season.
In fact, the Warriors already made some history just 16 games into the season. They won their first 16 games—most, in convincing fashion—to become the first team in NBA history to go 16-0 to start a season. And they’re not going to stop there. During a conference call with reporters this week, Curry said that the Warriors now have their sights set on winning 33 games in a row, which is a record the 1971-71 Los Angeles Lakers set.
“We talk about 33,” Curry admitted. “I think I’ve probably talked about it more than anybody else on the team, just because I know the history and just really how hard it is. We’ve had like two 16-game winning streaks the last two years, and those are pretty special feats. For us to have to double that output, I mean, we’re going to play hard and hopefully close in on that record, but it won’t be a disappointing effort if we don’t get there. Because there are so many talented teams in this league and for us to just be playing at a high level right now, that’s what we’re worried about. And if we close in and get to 29, 30 games, we’ll talk about it a little bit more.”
The truth is that the Warriors do have a lot of work to do in order to break the Lakers’ mark, and it won’t be easy to win 18 more games, especially with road games against solid teams like the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and Toronto Raptors on their schedule. There’s also a home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers set to take place on Christmas Day that will have everyone watching. But the Warriors are on the brink of doing something special this season, and it’s going to be fun to watch them try to do it. Whether or not that includes a 34-game winning streak remains to be seen.
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James Harden wasn’t an NBA free agent this summer, but it still sounds like he’s going to be getting a HUGE payday at some point in the very near future. According to ESPN.com, the Houston Rocketsguard was just offered a 13-year, $200 million deal by adidas. Harden has worn Nike sneakers over the last few seasons, but his contract with the company expired recently. So adidas made him a gigantic offer, and Nike now has until the end of this week to match it.
Should they? The $200 million deal is a pretty insane deal by just about any standard. To help put it into perspective, adidas paid the NBA about twice that amount a decade ago in order to become the league’s official uniform supplier. Now, they’re willing to pay half that much just for one player to represent their brand. It’s kind of insane when you think about it like that—and even crazier that, if he agreed to the adidas deal, Harden would likely end up making more on his sneaker contract than he would with the Rockets.
“We’ve invited James Harden to join adidas,” an adidas spokesman said on Monday. “We’re a brand of creators and he truly embodies what that means with his approach to the game, his look, and his style on and off the court.”
Harden would be a big get for adidas. At the moment, their NBA roster includes Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, and John Wall, which is a fairly solid roster. But with Rose suffering through a string of injuries and Lillard now stuck on a team that isn’t going to be very good for at least a few seasons, the company could use someone like Harden to serve as their anchor.
What do you think about adidas trying to sign Harden, and do you think that they are going to end up overpaying for him?