The days when an NBA franchise dominated the league for decades, not just seasons, ended in the late 1960s, when former Warriors coach Don Nelson and his Boston Celtics teammates favored longer hair, short shorts and high tops wore were known to smoke cigars and cigarettes in the locker room.
Led by the legendary Patriarch Red Auerbach, the Celtics conquered 11 championships in 13 years (1957-69), including a series of eight straight (1959-66). Bill Russell blocked off shots, sparking off their high-profile offensive, letting the competition race and establishing the gold standard for NBA dynasties.
The definition of the elements of a modern dynasty is a more difficult task for a number of people, including the fluidity of rosters, the size of the league (now 30 teams instead of eight), the importance of salary caps and the financial burden of Increasing Player Salaries
"It's just so difficult to keep teams together," said Hall of Famer Jerry West, whose Lakers teams have repeatedly been victims of these big Celtics clubs. "You have to deal with the salary cap, and the salaries of the players are exorbitant, and then there's the fact of managing people and keeping the locker room together, it's very, very heavy."
It's almost as hard to get people to who agree on what exactly a dynasty is. This is chiller chatter, apparently even for the luminaries. "I do not know the answer," said Charles Barkley, in a rare loss of words. "The Spurs won five titles, the Showtime Lakers five, the Bulls six, so I really do not know."
Other than that ̵
1; or not said – the criteria most often cited are a combination of the following: Conference and NBA final appearances; Continuity of rosters; the time span in which the championships were won.
Then there are the intangibles, the coupons. When it's like a duck, it sounds like a duck …
So are the warriors doing the cut?
If they win a second championship in a row and third in four years, they do their thing. In addition to two rings and the achievement of the championship series four years in a row, their game has revolutionized the game and once dominant big men in fast-paced, cross-small ball games in smaller roles.
Nelson, who coached the popular Run TMC Warriors, gives the current team bonus points for winning in style. "Many teams (in modern times), including some of my teams, went small and played fast," he said of his home in Maui, "but none of us ever won a championship, the warriors play a nice game, and their championships confirm our way of playing. "
Aside from his old Celtics – and we leave them alone because relics are entitled to their rest and because no team will ever duplicate their dominance – these are the teams that work for the modern dynasties are responsible.