Warriors boss Lacob stated that he will retire Iguodala's jersey. Not long ago, Lacob stated that Durant’s No. 35 shirt in the Warriors would be sealed. Retirement of the jersey belongs to the honor of the players. What standard can be achieved to obtain such treatment? Will other members of the Warriors "Death Five" also enjoy such honors?
Data and champions, hard indicators for jersey retirement
What are the standards for jersey retirement? In the history of the Warriors, there are currently 6 jersey numbers sealed forever. From the experience of these 6 stars playing for the Warriors, we can interpret what kind of achievements the honor of the jersey retired should match.
No. 13: Wilt Chamberlain
Chamberlain in 1959 From the -60 season to the 1964-65 season, he played for the Warriors, averaging 41.5 points, 25.1 rebounds and 3 assists per game for the Warriors. In the 1961-62 season, he averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game. On March 2, 1962, he scored 100 points against the Knicks.It is the NBA historical single-game scoring record. On November 24, 1960, Chamberlain grabbed 55 rebounds in the Warriors vs. Celtics game, which is the highest rebound rate in a single game in NBA history.
Chamberlain has maintained the Warriors history of total points, total goals, average points, average rebounds, average playing time, player efficiency and victory contribution records. Chamberlain averaged 47.2 minutes per game in the Warriors and 80 games in the 1961-62 regular season. Only one game was less than 48 minutes. Overtime time was included in the statistics. Chamberlain averaged 48.5 minutes per game that season. Although Chamberlain failed to lead the Warriors to a championship, but the data was too strong, so he won the honor of retiring the jersey.
No. 14: Tom Mescherry
Mesche Li’s life is very legendary. He was originally from Russia but was born in Harbin, China. During the Anti-Japanese War (Mescheri was born on October 26, 1938), Mescheri and his family were imprisoned by the Japanese in a concentration camp. After the victory of the Anti-Japanese War, he immigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco, California.
In the 1961 draft, Mescheri was selected seventh in the first round by the Warriors. He averaged 12.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game during his six seasons with the Warriors. Mescheri is characterized by a tough style of play, dare to fight and fight in the game, known as the "Russian lunatic". Chamberlain is a star who hates fouls very much. The brave Meschery has become the "bodyguard" beside Chamberlain, taking on the dirty work. At the same time, Mescheri is good at playing tough games. He represented the Warriors for the first time in the playoffs and averaged 20.1 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Mescheri, who was sturdy on the court, was an outstanding poet off the court with a master's degree in art. He was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. After his career as a player, he taught and educates. Mescheri both inside and outside the stadium are loved by fans, and the Warriors express their respect for him by retiring his jersey.
No. 16: Al Arters
Atels player career Known for his fierceness, he is called a "destroyer" by his opponents, which means that the physical confrontation is too fierce, as if he wants to swallow his opponents alive. Atles' professional basketball career is dedicated to the Warriors.As a player for the Warriors for 11 seasons, the ninth year of his player career began to enter the Warriors coaching staff (the league allowed players to serve as coaches), became the Warriors coach in the 1969-70 season, and led the team to win the championship in the 1974-75 season. That was the Warriors. After moving to Oakland to win the championship for the first time, Artels became the second black coach in NBA history to lead his team to a championship (the first being Bill Russell).
From 1976 to 1986, Artels also served as the general manager of the Warriors. Player, coach, and manager, Artels has contributed to the Warriors in three identities. He is the veteran of the Warriors. The retirement of the jersey is an honor he deserves.
No. 17: Chris Mullin
Mulin was the iconic character of the Warriors in the 80s and 90s The star, representing the Warriors for 13 seasons, averaged 20.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Mullin is an outstanding scorer. Because he is a left-hander, he has the reputation of "God's left hand". From the 1988-89 season to the 1992-93 season, Mullin played for 5 consecutive seasons.With an average score of 25+, he was selected for the American Men's Basketball Dream Team to win the 1992 Olympic gold medal.
Mulin won the respect of the team and the love of fans, not just because of his excellent skills. In Oakland in the 1980s, alcoholism and drugs were two major social problems. Mullin has never been drugged, but his family has a tradition of alcoholism. Mullin was also obsessed with alcohol, and his career was once close to the edge of destruction. Fortunately, Mullin was lost, and successfully quit drinking for 5 consecutive seasons. 25 +Re-prove yourself and lead by example to set an example for the citizens of Auckland to overcome alcohol abuse. After retiring, Mullin also served as the general manager of the Warriors for 5 years.
No. 24: Rick Barry
Barry played 8 in the Warriors In the season, he averaged 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals. Since Barry went to the ABA after playing in the NBA for two years, his years in the Warriors were split. The 1966-67 season was the second time Barry played for the Warriors. At the age of 22, he became the leading scoring leader with an average of 35.6 points per game, but then wentAfter the ABA, he was 28 when he returned to the Warriors. Even so, Barry is still the top star representative in Warriors history.
On March 26, 1974, Barry scored 64 points in the Warriors vs. Trail Blazers game. Barry was the only player in the Warriors history to score 64+ points in a single game, except for Chamberlain. In the 1975 playoffs, Barry averaged 28.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.9 steals. In the Finals, he averaged 29.5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3.5 steals against the Washington Bullets (the predecessor of the Washington Wizards). The second and third games of the series contributed respectively. With 36 points and 38 points, he led the Warriors to a 4-0 sweep to win the championship. Barry was elected the finals MVP. Barry became the first Finals MVP winner in Warriors history (the finals MVP was awarded in 1969).
No. 42: Nate Thurmond
Thurmond’s style of play It is the best interpretation of the name of the Warriors team. He is an integrated offensive and defensive star center. He has exquisite offensive skills, can hit the basket and make mid-range shots. He is very domineering on the defensive end and has 2 rebounds per game in the season.With a 0+ fighting ability, the NBA only included blocks in official statistics in the 1973-74 season. At that time, Thurmond had played in the NBA for 11 years, but at the age of 32, he still averaged 2.9 blocks per game.
Thurmond was selected to the All-Star team 7 times during the Warriors, and was selected to the All-Defensive Team 5 times. He averaged 17.4 points and 16.9 rebounds per game in 11 seasons with the Warriors, and 20.5 points and 22 rebounds per game in the 1967-68 season. 4.2 assists. So far, Thurmond is still the holder of the Warriors' total rebound record. In addition, Thurmond played a total of 30,735 minutes in the Warriors, which is also a record in Warriors history.
We can see that these six warriors’ historical legends either have excellent data, such as Chamberlain, Mullin and Thurmond, or have a bonus for leading the team to win, such as Artels and Barry. (Of course, Barry's data is also very good), Mescheri is a relatively special situationMoreover, his legendary life experience and brave and tenacious style of play have a unique position in the history of the Warriors, which is a special case.
Iguodala deserves his name after his jersey retires
During the Lacob era, there are two key signings, one is Durant won in 2016, the other is 2013 Iguodala was introduced in the year. Regarding the significance of these two operations, CSN reporter Monty Boli, who has been following the Warriors for a long time, said frankly: "Durant makes the Warriors more shining and more invincible, and the arrival of Iguodala makes up for the last thing the Warriors need to win the championship. A piece of jigsaw has officially formed the Warriors' championship foundation."
The 2014-15 season is the second year Iguodala has played for the Warriors. Kerr is in charge of the Warriors coach, and he hopes Iguodala can play as a substitute, so that the team's starting and second team can be perfectly connected. The substitute role is very strange to Iguodala. Before the 2014-15 season, including the playoffs, he played a total of 806 games and started. ColeSome were worried that Iguodala would disagree, so he specifically called Olson, Iguodala's college coach. Olson told Cole: "No problem, he cares more about the team's victory than his own data."
Olson is right, Iguodala accepted Cole As the sixth man, he helped the Warriors reach the 2015 finals. After the first three games of the championship series with the Cavaliers, the Warriors trailed by 1-2. Cole took a risky change and put Iguodala in the starting lineup to replace center Bogut. The first version of the "Death Five" was released. Iguodala became the key for the Warriors to reverse the finals. He averaged 20.3 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the first three games, helping the Warriors win the championship in 3 consecutive games.
Iguodala demonstrated both offensive and defensive capabilities and successfully limited James’ offensive efficiency. When Iguodala was on the court, James shot only 38.1%, when Iguodala is not on the court, James shot 44%.
With his outstanding performance to turn the tide, Iguodala was elected as the MVP of the 2015 Finals. He became the first player in NBA history to win the MVP of the Finals with zero starts in the regular season. The player who failed to start the finals but won the finals MVP.
Iguodala's value to the Warriors is not just a fight on the court, he is the big brother in the team's locker room. A team with multiple stars can never be calm in the locker room. Boli, who is very knowledgeable about the internal situation of the Warriors, revealed that if Iguodala did not mediate the conflict, the Warriors would have fallen apart. "Whenever there is a crisis within the Warriors, Iguodala has played a key role in stabilizing the military spirit," Boli said. "Everyone in the team respects him, trusts him, and is willing to listen to him. He can let his teammates clam down."
Iguodala is also a role model for his teammates in terms of self-discipline, especially in diet. His self-requirements are very strict and he never touches any junk food. Looney, who performed well in the 2019 playoffs, was once the king of junk food in the team. After Iguodala found out, he supervised Looney every day. "He was very strict in terms of diet, and later developed that even if he was not by my side, I felt that someone was staring at me, so that I didn't even have the thought of eating junk food." Looney said.
Helped the team win 3 championships and won the finals MVP. Iguodala had no problem retiring in the Warriors jersey. As Lacob said: "The story of Iguodala has been recorded in history. He has reached the finals for five consecutive years and won three championships. He is vital to the team's success."
Team culture, deep exploration of the Warriors
Not only Iguodala, Lacob also promised to retire Durant's jersey. In doing so, the Warriors showed their respect for the team's meritorious players on the one hand, and on the other hand, they also deeply dig into the team's culture.
The Warriors are a team established at the beginning of the NBA and have a history of 73 years. However, compared with traditional giants such as the Celtics and Lakers, the Warriors' team culture is much weaker. This has a lot to do with the Warriors' record. From 1994-95 to 2011-12, the Warriors only made the playoffs once in 18 seasons. Such a bad result makes it difficult to create a team that fans will remember. culture.
Lacob acquired the Warriors in July 2010. The team gradually got out of the dilemma and began to march towards the championship, creating a glorious period of five consecutive years of entering the finals and winning three championships. Building the team culture created the foundation. Representative of IguodalaWith team spirit, Durant represents the superstar effect. These are all part of the team's culture. The retirement of the jersey is the sublimation of these parts.
The Warriors will officially move into the Chase Center in San Francisco in the 2019-20 season. San Francisco is one of the most consumer markets in the United States. Lacob is a rich man who started operating venture capital. He knows the economic effects of the combination of team culture and the big market. According to "Forbes" reports, the Warriors' total sponsorship of the new arena alone has reached US$2 billion, and this number will continue to increase in the future.
Championship, this is Lacob’s achievements in the Warriors Oakland, and the accumulation of team culture. Lacob wants to bring this kind of culture to San Francisco to attract more fans and businesses. At the same time, Lacob also showed his attitude to the league players in doing so. The team will not treat the stars who have contributed to the Warriors, and the honor that should be given will definitely notLess, this is also beneficial to the Warriors' future lineup.
Collectively seal, the five deaths share the honor?
In the "Death Five", Iguodala and Durant have received the team owner’s commitment to retire the jersey. So, can the other three stars also get such treatment?
Curry, the core of the Warriors' revival in the Lacobe era, three championships, two regular season MVPs, and three-pointer in the playoffs. Curry is the foundation of the Warriors' tactical system. Without Curry, the Warriors' success is impossible to talk about. Retirement of the jersey is a normal treatment for Curry. If Curry can win the Finals MVP as a Warriors player in the future, so that the team can be crowned in San Francisco, the historical status of the first star in team history will be unshakable.
Klay Thompson, Lacob’s favorite Warriors star. When Thompson scored 11 three-pointers in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals to help the building, Lacob was so excited to kneel to thank him after the game. In the 2019 finals, Thompson fought to the kneeGai was seriously injured and Lacob paid $190 million for 5 years to leave Tangshen. Thompson's three-point shooting ability is the key to the Warriors' tactical operation space, and his fighting spirit to crown the three armies is more worthy of the "Warriors" team name, and his jersey retirement is almost no suspense for Tang Shen.
Draymond Green, he is a high-level support point in the Warriors tactical system and a cornerstone of defense. The Warriors can use the "Death Five", Green's offensive ability to cast and respond, and the defensive end to reach the center position are essential basic conditions. Green, like the "splash brothers", is an indispensable part of the Warriors' triple crown hegemony.
The meaning of "Five Deaths" is not only personal ability, but also team spirit. Curry, Thompson, Green, Durant and Iguodala, everyone has made sacrifices. The completion of the "Death Five" is like a sophisticated instrument running on the field, which is also the essence of the Warriors team culture.The body serves the group, and the group gives back to the individual, complementing each other.
The "Death Five" led the NBA's small ball wave. It was the success of the "Death Five" that made NBA teams begin to pay attention to the tactical concepts of speed, mobility, projection and space. The NBA has completely ended the period when insiders win the world and entered the era of small balls. The Warriors' "Death Five" is the pioneer of history.
If there is no accident, in the future, the jerseys of the "Death Five" will hang high above the Chase Center. It will be a monument in the history of the Warriors, recording the glory of forging ahead and overcoming obstacles. Years are the pride of warriors and their spiritual totem.