Golden State Warriors get back to basic with drills

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 04: Stephen Curry
SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 04: Stephen Curry /
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The Golden State Warriors get back to basics with weave drills.

NBA players are the best basketball players in the world. They are the most skilled and talented. The Golden State Warriors is the best collection of NBA players.

These guys have been playing basketball for a very long time. They’re so good that they can close their eyes and beat most of us regular humans. Seriously, I watched a Sports Science segment in which Klay Thompson shot like 90 percent from beyond-the-arc in the pitch black.

Every player on the team can do pretty special things with the ball in his hands. It’s how they became NBA players. It’s how the returning players won a championship (or two, for some).

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Winning a title is a marathon, not a sprint. You have to start somewhere and build towards being excellent in June. Sometimes, you have to break it down all the way.

The Golden State Warriors are in China, preparing to take on the new-look Minnesota Timberwolves. They’re looking to avoid falling to 0-2 in the preseason. Most importantly, however, they’re looking to build towards another championship run.

A look at the Warriors’ practice and you can’t tell if that’s a star-studded NBA title team or a team of third-graders learning the basics. Take a look:

Yup. That’s the Golden State Warriors doing a very basic drill. Working on the weave is something you do a lot early on, but you don’t necessarily think of the best pros doing it.

The Warriors aren’t the best because they skip steps. They’re the best because they lay the foundation. Everything else–all the flash and flair–comes after.

Steve Kerr said that taking care of the ball will be a point of emphasis for the champs. With their free-flowing style of play, they are prone to turnovers. The team’s two primary ballhandlers, Stephen Curry and Draymond like to take risks with their passes, often resulting in turnovers.

Kerr wants them to make better and smarter passes. They have to start this way. It’s important to build. It’s comforting seeing the Warriors put in the work–even if it might feel redundant or boring.