Greg Oden notes the one problem that always makes him wonder: Steph Curry’s incessant joy

In no way will the Golden State Warriors take winning the NBA title for granted. When the four-time league MVP Steph Curry famously vowed to make a “one-and-done” run to a championship, it was…

Greg Oden notes the one problem that always makes him wonder: Steph Curry's incessant joy

In no way will the Golden State Warriors take winning the NBA title for granted.

When the four-time league MVP Steph Curry famously vowed to make a “one-and-done” run to a championship, it was preceded by a vow to be a good teammate first.

From a player with experience near the top of his profession, McGrady couldn’t help but weigh in on those and other issues that crop up in the build-up to the playoffs.

He wrote in The Players’ Tribune:

I’ve seen it before—winning a championship and then being complacent. Last year, the San Antonio Spurs went through a glorious run of regular-season success, had the No. 1 seed for most of the playoffs, and again were in their position. They had a great team and a great coach (Gregg Popovich), and they took some lumps in the playoffs against perhaps the most difficult bracket (and players) in the league, the San Antonio Spurs. Then, before the Finals, their wheels fell off a bit, were they thinking, this will happen again, and they get swept?

Of course, they won the NBA Finals in five games over the Cleveland Cavaliers that year.

On Curry’s dream of a “one-and-done” title run, McGrady explained that the star must fulfill his first commitment to the team.

As Steve Kerr—who said it was an idea from Curry—put it the other day,” When you reach the end of your career, you just want to win, man, you do. You’re not going to do it one game at a time. You just want to win.”

And of course, while the battle for the ultimate prize is far from won, McGrady isn’t ruling out the opportunity for a “one-and-done” run.

I know you’re still trying to win. And maybe that will be the end of it, maybe he’ll make a difference next year, maybe they’ll get better. But I wouldn’t rule out an eventual title. Especially if Kevin Durant stays. Because [Curry and Durant] would be unbeatable.”

That’s plenty of admiration and support for his friend.

McGrady finished his work in The Players’ Tribune with Curry’s game two MVP award after a 29-point showing in Game 3 of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets, one that’s earned the team a 2-0 sweep over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

McGrady’s path from high school to the pros was documented in a documentary released earlier this year called, “Hoop Dreams” (who could forget how that one turned out?).

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