Perk declares Dubs dynasty over; LeBron ‘has them figured out'


The Warriors face plenty of uncertainty as they head into a long offseason of reflection, just one year removed from their fourth NBA title in eight seasons.

But is Golden State's dynasty as we know it over for good after LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated the defending NBA champions from the playoffs last week? ESPN analyst and former NBA player Kendrick Perkins certainly believes so.

"Hell yeah it's over, Molly," Perkins told "First Take" host Molly Qerim on Monday. "Hell yeah, and I don't give a damn what Draymond Green's got to say."

After the Warriors lost to the Lakers in six games, Green took to his podcast to declare the Warriors' dynasty is far from over.

But Perkins explained why he begs to differ -- and one major reason is James.

"Yes, it's over," Perkins said. "Let me explain something to you, OK? The run has been great, but let me say something that is actual facts. The Warriors really haven't beaten LeBron without [Kevin Durant] since, what, 2016? I mean, Bron actually has them figured out.

"As long as LeBron James is in the Western Conference and as long as he can continue to play at that level, and he has Anthony Davis playing at that level, they've still got to go through the Los Angeles Lakers. Guess what? Other teams in the Western Conference are going to continue to get better."

Perkins also pointed out the questions Golden State must answer this offseason, like whether or not president of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers, whose contract is expiring, will re-sign with the organization, and if Klay Thompson, whose performance took a dip in the semifinals, will accept a pay cut as part of a potential contract extension.

And even though two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry remains a reliable constant, Perkins doesn't see the Warriors' decade-long success carrying on much longer.

"I know we keep wishful thinking, and I know Steph Curry is the people's champ, and I get it -- everybody loves him and all that, and they want to continue to see him be successful," Perkins said. "I want him to be successful, but at some point, all good things come to an end, just like the San Antonio Spurs.

"The dynasty is over."

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The 2022-23 NBA season didn't end how the Warriors had hoped, but past campaigns throughout the dynasty didn't go well, too. Curry and Co. proved in 2022 they know how to bounce back -- and that you never should count them out.

Because in the Bay, championship DNA runs deep.

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