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SportFrom the Editors: Why the Golden State Warriors Are SI's 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Honorees

17:41  10 december  2018
17:41  10 december  2018 Source:   si.com

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Performance alone did not exclusively define the Warriors as Sports Illustrated' s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year honorees .

From the Editors : Why the Golden State Warriors Are SI ’ s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Honorees . Since 1954, Sports Illustrated has This year 's award focused on the power of sports to amaze, surprise and inspire. This year , the Warriors exhibited those attributes on and off the court.

From the Editors: Why the Golden State Warriors Are SI's 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Honorees© Illustration by Mark Hammermeister

In each of the last four decades—1980, 1999, 2004 and now 2018—sports have gifted us a team so sublime that it is impossible to separate any one, or two, individuals from the rest of the group. How extraordinary were the Golden State Warriors, the recipients of the 65th Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year award? Warriors players, coaches and executives alike, given a vote, likely would have conferred the honor upon a single player. “The reason for all this,” says Andre Iguodala. The sun around which the Warriors universe revolves, insists GM Bob Myers.

And yet. . . .

For all the individual brilliance of Steph Curry—a selection whom few would have protested—the Warriors have always been most delightfully viewed through a collective prism. There have been superteams that have forced us to reimagine how the game is played, but none perhaps in a generation, maybe two, are so beautifully choreographed as the Warriors. At the Dubs’ most golden, their movements and pieces seamlessly blur into each other to the point where it impossible to distinguish the magic of one player from another, even magic so singular as that of Curry or KD.

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From the Editors : Why the Golden State Warriors Are SI ’ s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year Honorees . Since 1954, Sports Illustrated has selected a Sportsperson of the Year : the athlete or team who best exemplifies SI ' s other 2018 award honorees will also be featured in the magazine.

The back-to-back NBA champion Golden State Warriors have been named the 2018 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year , it was announced today. The issue features an accompanying story written by SI senior writer Chris Ballard, who interviewed several players, coaches, members of

As with each of the Warriors’ 64 predecessors, performance alone did not exclusively define Golden State. The rise of the Warriors has coincided with the restoration of the NBA as a leading edge of culture that recalls the league’s prolonged boom, which began with the Magic-Larry years in the 1980s and continued through the Jordan-dominated ’90s. The current boom, too, has coincided with the increasing intersection of sports and the hard questions of politics, race and identity, among others, that have so divided the country. The Warriors—forcefully but civilly—embraced the unique platform afforded them. No, they did not change the world and its attendant conflicts and ills, but they did not ignore them either.

The Warriors, of course, are not perfect. During the reporting of his story—which will first appear exclusively on Apple News—senior writer Chris Ballard caught the Warriors perhaps at their least perfect, their most destabilized, in the last half-decade: fragile (between them, Curry, Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston have missed 34 games), indifferent (three blowout losses of 21 points or greater) and riven (Green’s infamous “you’re a b**** and you know you’re a b****” blowup and subsequent suspension). In dozens of interviews, Ballard discovered a team deeply aware of a ticking clock and the strains of sustained success. A dynasty, and the scrutiny that is its kin, can be a b**** too.

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The three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are the fourth team to be honored as Sports Illustrated' s Sportsperson of the Year . The Warriors join the 1980 U. S . hockey team, the 1999 U. S . Women' s World Cup soccer squad and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the other team honorees .

Sports Illustrated on Monday announced the Golden State Warriors as its 2018 Sportsperson of the Year — the first team to win the honor since the Boston Red Sox in 2004, and the fourth overall since the magazine introduced the title in 1954. The Kevin Durant-led Warriors swept LeBron James'

The competition for the award was fierce—seven-game-series fierce. Each of the only two-time winners of Sportsperson of the Year, Tiger Woods and LeBron James, offered compelling candidacies to be the first three-time recipient of the award. There were several newcomers to superstardom who made powerful cases: the electric snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, the graceful Naomi Osaka and Triple Crown-winning horse Justify. Sports Illustrated has always had a soft spot for the drought-breaker, and an even softer spot for the draught-soaked drought-breaker who can bring nonpartisan joy even to joyless Washington, D.C. That would be you, Alex Ovechkin.

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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.

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