How the Warriors embrace the villain role

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The Golden State Warriors are loving their role as the most hated team in the NBA. Will their image get in the way of their success?

It seems like just yesterday LeBron James was the most hated player in the NBA and the Golden State Warriors were the darlings of the league.

All of the sudden, the script has flipped.

Well, sort of.

LeBron is still hated by so many people for whatever reason, but the Warriors have easily surpassed him as the biggest villain in the league.

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The most obvious reason for hating the Warriors is of course Kevin Durant, the guy who left a devoted fan base for an easier path to the championship. But Durant is just one piece of this new villain identity embraced by the Golden State Warriors.

Steph Curry, the guy who was once the Mother Teresa of the NBA, is also very much a part of the evil Warriors. Partially, Curry’s new bad boy image derives from the constant shimmying and taunting he does in his opponents’ face.

Then, there’s Curry’s incessant habit of chewing his mouthpiece, which seems to be getting on many people’s nerves.

Even as I sit and watch the Warriors with people who know nothing about basketball, there is always that one question that comes up: Why does he chew his mouthpiece like a dog chewing a bone?

Honestly, I don’t have the answer to that question. And it’s very unfortunate because there’s no way I can convince a person to like basketball if that’s the image on the screen.

Curry, if you’re reading this, I need you to at least keep the mouthpiece in your mouth. It’s just not a good look. Thanks to you, more and more kids playing basketball now think it’s cool to dangle their mouthpiece, as opposed to actually using it to protect their teeth.

That brings me to the most annoying, evil Warrior of them all: Draymond Green. When it comes to this guy, I don’t know what’s more annoying for his critiques. The fact that he kicks like a little girl who hates boys, the fact that he flops like a fish, or his nonstop motor mouth?

As Green continued to chirp away, the Warriors flexed their muscles in the first two rounds against the Blazers and the Jazz. But it remains to be seen whether or not they can do the same against the Cavs.

So far in the playoffs, the Warriors have refrained from making any comments that could further motivate the Cavs. Instead, the Warriors have spent their time going back-and-forth with Celtics’ Kelly Olynk, the guy who they will probably not see in the Finals.

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If the Warriors see the Cavs in the Finals again, it will be interesting to see if their bad boy persona gets in the way or if it gives them an edge. If it’s anything like last year, the cocky Warriors might suffer another epic collapse.

More importantly, Green better control his flailing extremities and stay on the court this time.