Debunking the biggest myths about what the Warriors have done to the NBA

CLEVELAND — Consider LeBron James impressed. He’s seen the Warriors now 16 times in the last three NBA Finals, and this version — with Kevin Durant on board — has him stumped. He has called these Warriors a “juggernaut,” said they “rank right up there” with the best teams he’s ever seen and added that any of the Warriors stars could “lead a franchise without anybody else.”

Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green give the Warriors four All-Star players who are still on the happy side of 30 years old. Curry is 29, and Durant turns 29 in September. Thompson and Green are 27. It’s a wrecking-ball foursome that stands on the brink of a championship and a possible perfect 16-0 playoff run, one that has the rest of the league — as well as fans, broadcasters and folks in the league office — worried about the impact of a collapse of competitive balance.

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Just wait. Deep breaths here. Let’s not mythologize the Warriors ahead of their time.

With, potentially, two championships in three years, they’re looking at the makings of a dynasty without much resistance from the other 29 teams. The way they’ve handled the NBA this year has given rise to some pretty bleak outlooks from league observers. But let’s try

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