For what seems like ages, the Golden State Warriors have been the toast of the NBA.
Having won five consecutive Western Conference titles from 2015-2019 and three NBA Championships in 2015, 2017, and 2018, the Warriors are now dealing with some tough luck.
From the departure of Kevin Durant, the injuries to Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, and a 2-6 record, the Warriors find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
However, one thing the Warriors are not receiving is sympathy from fellow NBA players including San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay.
In an article from Bleacher Report, Gay was asked about Warriors' Draymond Green and Golden State's bad luck this season.
"You think anybody in the league has any empathy for Draymond Green?" "No, hell no,” said Gay. Gay further elaborated: “He's a good dude and everything, but everybody has their time and everybody has their day, and it's time for another team to step up. They took full advantage of their time at the top. And not just them—the fans, too. This is the real NBA, man. You don't have some of the best players in the league. You still have some great players, but those wins aren't going to come as easy no more."
It’s an interesting perspective, as the Spurs have also experienced devastating injuries and departures throughout their history.
Most recently, the departure of Kawhi Leonard, as losing arguably the best player in the NBA is not an easy pill to swallow for any franchise.
The 1997 season was devastating to the Spurs, as David Robinson and Sean Elliott would have season ending injuries that derailed the team into lottery status.
The silver lining to those injuries was winning the number 1 overall pick late that summer which would go on to be Tim Duncan.
That selection would go on to change NBA and Spurs history. The Spurs would enjoy nearly two decades of dominance, including six western conference championships, and five NBA championships.
One has to wonder if the Warriors will experience such a silver lining?
What do you think of Gay’s comments? Justified, or too harsh?