With ‘The Last Dance’ being the major basketball content during the quarantine, several NBA players, executives and coaches talked about the difficulties to win continuously.
The Golden State Warriors maybe were the most powerful team of the last eight years, with five consecutive Finals appearances and three championships.
The Warriors’ general manager Bob Myers admitted the second championship during Kevin Durant’s stint “wasn’t a joy” for the team.
“The second time with Kevin it felt like, ‘Well, we just did what we were supposed to do, and great job. It wasn’t joy. I’m sure a lot of people felt differently. It wasn’t anybody’s fault. I think there’s just a weight to everything. And so I’m sure felt that weight of everything, weight of relationships,” Myers said to ESPN’s Nick Friedell, per USA Today.
As the past has shown, it is really hard to stay successful in sports, even in the NBA, which is filled with various dynasties. Especially in this league, it is quite difficult to win back-to-back championships with players and coaches getting drained by the pressure to get in the top multiple times.
The Boston Celtics hold the longest championship streak in the history of the NBA with eight consecutive titles from 1959-1966.