ESPN analyst and former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy believes the 2017-18 season is already “over.”
During an appearance on Sirius XM, Van Gundy said the Golden State Warriors are going to repeat as NBA champions and he doesn’t think anyone is close.
“The Warriors are going to win forever if everything stays the same,” Van Gundy said, adding, “this season is over.”
Van Gundy said even if the Cleveland Cavaliers use the 2018 Brooklyn Nets pick they acquired from the Boston Celtics for Kyrie Irving to trade for another superstar, like Paul George, they still would not be better than the Warriors.
“We’re going to play it out, and the Warriors are going to win,” Van Gundy said. “And then next year is going to be the same thing.”
Van Gundy said the Michael Jordan-era Bulls had close competition, but does not believe the Warriors have any serious threats this season.
“2018 is a wrap,” Van Gundy said. “Let’s start talking about 2019.”
It’s not the first time Van Gundy has written off a top team’s competition. Shortly after LeBron James joined the Miami Heat in 2010, he predicted the Heat would demolish the 1995-96 Bulls’ 72-win record — something the 2015-16 Warriors would actually do. The Heat ended up losing in the Finals to the Dallas Mavericks in James’ first season with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and company.
However, prior to the 2016-17 Finals, Van Gundy said he didn’t think the Cavaliers had a chance, predicting the Warriors would win in 5. He was, of course, correct.
Still, Van Gundy is hardly alone in thinking that this NBA season, it’s the Warriors and then everybody else.
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