In 2013, the Warriors upset the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs, and then lost to the Spurs in six games.
In 2014, they lost to the Clippers in the first round in seven games. A couple days later, Golden State fired Mark Jackson. Steve Kerr was hired and the Warriors went on to win the championship in his first year at the helm.
With Jason Kidd leading the way in Milwaukee, the Bucks lost in the first round of the playoffs in 2015 and 2017 (and missed the postseason in 2016). And after a 23-22 start last year, Milwaukee fired Kidd.
In May, the Bucks hired Mike Budenholzer and they are off to an 8-2 start (with losses at Boston and at Portland).
"They're very similar to four years ago here," Steph Curry told reporters after practice on Wednesday. "A change of scenery sometimes helps. You get a little boost of energy, a little shift in focus and perspective. And that little bit (of a) difference can unlock something.
"It's still early. They're taking care of business like they should. It's important when you have that much potential to get off to a good start."
Verrrrrrrrrrrry interesting, Mr. Curry. The two-time MVP publicly defended Jackson and did not want the franchise to part ways with him. I think it's safe to say that Joe Lacob and Bob Myers made the right decision.
It sounds like Curry (in hindsight) agrees...
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