The Golden State Warriors are in prime position to accomplish something only a handful of teams in NBA history have ever managed: three or more consecutive championship wins.
Warriors forward and two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant understands the magnitude of what a three-peat would mean for his legacy and that of his teammates.
"I know for a fact that we'll all get our jerseys retired. We'll probably all get statues here in front of the Chase Center," Durant told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "We'll be Bay Area legends forever, meaning that people will recognize this team and this run forever in this area. Steve Kerr is going to be immortalized and going to be a legend forever. Bob Myers, as well, and Joe Lacob.
"Yeah, I mean that's what I think about. I think that's going to happen. I think about 50 years from now when they have our whole team on the Chase Center floor, or wherever the arena is at that point, all the fans will be cheering for us and reminiscing on those days. All of them, good and bad days. Even what me and Draymond went through."
Durant was referring to his spat with Draymond Green during a Nov. 12 outing against the Los Angeles Clippers, which resulted in a one-game suspension for Green. The two have seemingly buried the hatchet since then.
The Warriors organization has retired numbers for Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13), Tom Meschery (No. 14), Al Attles (No. 16), Chris Mullin (No. 17), Rick Barry (No. 24), and Nate Thurmond (No. 42).
The last team to pull off the elusive three-peat was the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 through 2002. The Chicago Bulls had a pair of three-peats during the nineties (1991-93, 96-98), the Boston Celtics won eight in a row from 1959 through 1966, and the Minneapolis Lakers reigned from 1952 through 1954.