Steph Curry, Steve Kerr admit Warriors enter final phase of dynastic core

Kerr Admits Warriors Entering ‘Last Phase’ of Dynastic Core Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The dynastic core of the Warriors, consisting of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, won’t be around forever.

They know too.

“It can only take so long,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne in an exclusive interview. “We know this won’t last forever. This could be the last year, maybe next year will be the last. We’re in the final phase. We know that. We want to make the best of it.”

Curry is under contract until the 2025-2026 NBA season and Thompson’s deal expires after next season. There is little doubt that both players will be lifelong Warriors.

However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Iguodala chooses to retire after this season. And Green’s future in the Bay Area is cloudiest as he could play elsewhere next season with a $27.6 million player option, the only thing standing between him and a free agency. Green landing a preseason punch to Jordan Poole’s face didn’t help his case stick around either.

“There’s never anything graceful about things ending,” Curry told Shelburne. “We understand that, but you don’t have to worry about that when we get on the pitch because that takes it away. … We wouldn’t have won [the 2022 NBA Finals] we had kept that in mind last year.”

The summary of the Warriors’ core is self-explanatory, represented by the four championship rings. Even if they didn’t win another game, statues of all four players would probably still be standing around Chase Center one day.

The Warriors’ two timeline plan — one that centers around Jordan Poole, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, and the company that carries the winning torch after the days of the core four — has been put to the test this season. The youngsters have mostly struggled through the first 14 games of the season, but Golden State is not worried.

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“This is my ninth year,” Kerr told Shelburne. “If you look at the core — Steph, Klay, Draymond, Andre — those guys have actually been together for 10 years. That doesn’t happen in sports.

“But if you have a backcourt like [Curry and Thompson] who are just as powerful and explosive, but also just so naturally humble and respectful of everyone around them, that enables an organization to get through the difficult times.”

The Warriors have bounced out of the gate in a few rough patches this season. However long it takes, Golden State promises to make the most of every day with Curry, Thompson, Green and Iguodala in the facility.

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