Five teams Warriors fans would hate to see win 2020 NBA title
5. Los Angeles Clippers
The changing of the guard with the Clippers doesn't make them anymore likable. Patrick Beverley's antics get under the skin in a way that's unique to him.
Plus, a loss in Year 1 of the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George experiment brings the Clippers one year closer to a possible blow up. Both Leonard and George have opt-outs after Year 2, so a loss could make them rethink their long-term future in LA.
If they leave after the 2020-21 season, the West will be even more wide open for a Warriors resurgence.
4. Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers are teetering on the razor's edge.
After two straight second-round exits, questions about Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons' ability to play together have grown louder and louder in the City of Brotherly Love. Coach Brett Brown's seat is hotter than the core of the Earth.
Another early playoff exit could have the Sixers thinking about blowing up the dynamic duo, and the Warriors certainly would be interested in bringing Embiid to the Bay.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James and Lakers had the top seed in the Western Conference all but locked up when play was halted. They were coming off impressive wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers and appeared primed for a deep playoff run toward James' fourth NBA title.
That no doubt would irk Warriors fans who don't want to see King James win another title, break the tie with Steph Curry and do so while wearing the purple and gold.
A Lakers title would be a blow to Dub Nation but not one that would keep them awake like the final two members of this list.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
Dreams of Giannis Antetokounmpo calling Chase Center home will continue to dance through the heads of Warriors fans until it's no longer a possibility.
Sure, the acquisition likely would cost the Dubs Klay Thompson, but no one wants to think about the ugly side of dreams. A Bucks loss in the playoffs would open the door for Antetokounmpo to turn down the max extension he's sure to be offered by the Bucks this summer and leave the door open for his exit in 2021.
The Bucks winning the title would be a blow to a sports pipe dream that grows larger with each day. A parade in Milwaukee would be a dark day in the Bay. But not the darkest.
1. Houston Rockets
James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the spreadsheet kings winning the NBA title, no matter how it's awarded, would be a travesty for everyone involved.
The Rockets hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy would be an afront to the basketball world. The franchise that felt the need to do an analysis of all the missed calls that went against them in the 2018 Western Conference finals to excuse the fact that they missed 27 straight 3-pointers in a Game 7 at home doesn't deserve that sort of affirmation.
The Rockets play their games on paper and claim titles. On the floor, their style of play burns the eyes and bores the brain. Warriors fans -- scratch that -- NBA fans can't have that.