The Culture Of The Warriors

Attached in an article on the culture of the Golden State Warriors that was passed on by Brooklyn Kohlheim, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Lake Michigan College. I learned a ton from this. Enjoy.

“Just move the basketball,” Green says now tactfully at practice the day after the Warriors’ Game 1 comeback over the Spurs. “At the end of the day, if we have a matchup that we like … there’s a different way to get into it.”

“I don’t think you’ll see the murals [in the San Antonio practice gym],” Kerr says. “I know you won’t on the wall. You won’t see the banners. We purposely have these pictures up because we’re trying to show competition and joy. We want to compete our asses off, but we want to have fun. We have pictures of guys smiling and fired up and winning a championship, and our history, with Warriors, all of this matters.

“Cultures are really built based on personalities and human qualities,” Kerr says. “You can’t base a culture on philosophy, you know? If I came in and said, ‘We’re going to do everything just like San Antonio,’ the players would’ve sensed that that was phony because that’s not really who I am.

Johan Huizinga, the Dutch historian, once said that if we want to preserve culture, we must continue to create it. That’s what Green was doing when he barked at Durant during the most crucial possession of that nationally televised loss. It’s what Popovich was summoning when he implored Aldridge to step up after a woeful Game 2. Culture in the NBA isn’t something you draw up on the whiteboard, or a mural on the practice gym wall. It’s a living, breathing thing that reveals itself over time and remains relevant because those who live inside it believe it’s important enough to be maintained.

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