Warriors just keep stacking up wins — on and off the floor

KD’s ‘Champion of the Year’ award the latest in long line of club’s honors

Karl Buscheck
November 13, 2017 - 3:34 pm

Amid Golden State’s current six-game win streak, which features the club bulldozing the opposition by an average margin of 21.5 points, it’s easy to forget that Warriors aren’t just champions on the court.

They’re also basketball’s preeminent superteam off it.

On Tuesday morning, GQ dubbed Kevin Durant, the reigning Finals MVP, the “Champion of the Year.”

The honor marks the latest in a string of noteworthy social accomplishments for Golden State players and head coach Steve Kerr. Let’s run it back:

Kerr, who continues to be a leading voice on social issues in the sports world, is the tone setter for an organization that takes its role in the community as seriously as any.

The early-season stretch of achievements calls to mind a scene from last summer and provides a reminder that this type of action is nothing new for the Dubs.

Last June, after the team had won the first game of the NBA Finals, a contingent of Warriors including president of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Ian Clark, Patrick McCaw, Damian Jones, Rick Welts — the president and COO — and Nicole Curran, the board president of the Warriors Community Foundation, spent their afternoon at Westlake Middle School in Oakland.

In concert with the league, the Warriors dedicated an NBA Cares Learning and Play Zone at the middle school near Lake Merritt. McGee played ping pong with school kids and Myers hit all the right notes, as he always does, when he grabs the mic.

“In my opinion, what we do in the community is as important as what you guys watch on the court with our players,” Myers said, addressing the packed gymnasium.

“You all know about our team and our players, I hope,” Myers continued. “But what you may not know is the days like this when we’re not playing basketball, for us, are some of our most enjoyable days — giving back to you guys.”

On Tuesday, as KD graced the cover of GQ, Myers’ words once again rang true

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