Miami Heat president Pat Riley knows a thing or two about NBA dynasties, and says what the Golden State Warriors are doing fits the mold.
Riles says the scariest thing about the Dubs’ success is that, due to the youth of their biggest stars, this could be the beginning of a long reign.
The defending champs (15-0) need just one more win to establish the greatest start in NBA regular season history.
Per the AP:
From Riley, these are ultimate compliments — comparing anyone to (Jerry) West and (Gail) Goodrich, or one team to that 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers team that won 33 consecutive games and rolled to the NBA championship. But that’s the level of the praise he’s doling out these days to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rolling Golden State Warriors. […] “They are the two most dynamic players in the backcourt, that I have ever seen, since Jerry West and Gail Goodrich,” Riley said. “Go back and check their numbers, 25 points apiece and Jerry leading the team in assists, Gail shooting close to 50 percent or whatever it was. Both of them could shoot it, could drive it, could pass it. That’s what you’re seeing here.”
And the Warriors have matched the NBA record for the best start to a season by beginning 15-0, something that Curry even called “a huge accomplishment” after Golden State got there by topping Denver 118-105 on Sunday night. […] “They are in the beginning of something that can be dynastic,” Riley said. “They’re in the beginning stages of it and that’s the scary part, versus somebody that catches lightning in a bottle one time. They’re at the beginning because all of their key players, all of them, are young and they’re talented. The ones that aren’t have what I call youth-age, like Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Shaun Livingston — those guys bring an element to the team is incredible.”
“They’re at the beginning of something,” Riley said. “It’s going to be very difficult to challenge them. But that’s what we’re here for.”