Warriors win Sports Illustrated’s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year award
Sports Illustrated has just announced their choice for this year’s Sportsperson of the Year winner. Amazingly, it has not been awarded to a single sports individual, but instead, the honor was bestowed on the entire Golden State Warriors team.
As the editors of Sports Illustrated described in their write-up, the Dubs were not the clear-cut choice. A lot of other sports personalities had amazing years themselves (LeBron James, Tiger Woods, and snowboarding legend Chloe Kim, to name a few), but at the end of the day, the collective force that is the Warriors stood out among the pack.
The choice was no less difficult than it was in 2015 and ’17, both years in which the candidacy of the Dubs was debated right up to the end. Three titles in four years undeniably stamps them as a dynasty, the likes of which we might not see again amid the relentless churn of pro sports. But it’s the individual pieces—from the longtime equipment manager to the highest reaches of management—and how seamlessly they are woven together that gives their story a different ring: 2018 Sportsperson of the Year.
The above excerpt perfectly sums up why the Warriors absolutely deserved the award. They are by no means perfect. In fact, they have struggled (by their high standards, of course) to start the new season after nearly failing to even reach the NBA Finals last season, and the discord between some prominent members of the squad has been well-documented.
However, the fact that they achieved so much in 2018 as a single, unrivaled unit propelled them to the very top of SI’s list. Very few, if any, can argue against this feat.