Warriors won’t get ‘revenge tour’ in 2020-21 season, claims Richard Jefferson
Heading into the 2020-2021 NBA season, some believe the Golden State Warriors will exact their revenge on the league after an injury-riddled 2019-2020 campaign. Contrary to what some believe though, Richard Jefferson doesn’t believe the Dubs will get their “revenge tour” underway in the upcoming season.
“They are the best backcourt and they are going to be the best backcourt until they probably retire at this point,” Jefferson said of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors on ESPN’s “The Jump” (via NBC Sports).
“But this is the issue about next season — the Revenge Tour, quote-unquote. Steph hasn’t played very much basketball in the last year. Klay has missed an entire season of basketball. You have to condition yourself — I don’t care — they aren’t even going to the minicamps. I know these guys are going to be in shape, I know these guys are going to be tough — I’m not saying that. But there is something about being 30 years old and missing an entire season of basketball.”
The injuries began to pile up for the Warriors during the NBA Finals in the 2018-19 season when both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson suffered serious injuries. Then, during this past 2019-20, Curry missed a couple of months due to a hand injury.
Besides the injuries to Thompson and Curry, Golden State also lost Durant in free agency to the Brooklyn Nets. As a result of the turnover on the roster, the Warriors find themselves with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Whether they select one of the top prospects or trade the pick for a proven star, most believe Golden State will compete for a title next season. However, Jefferson believes the Warriors will be more prepared to compete in the 2021-22 campaign.
“So I don’t think next season will be their quote-unquote. It will be the next season when they have their legs back under them, they kind of in more of a rhythm. That’s when I think they can really start taking names and kicking butts,” Richard Jefferson added.
Despite the awaited returns of Thompson and Curry, Jefferson isn’t ready to say Golden State is a top team in the NBA again just yet.