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Warriors Rookie Brandin Podziemski Reveals “Disconnect” in the Team after Loss vs Bucks

Published 01/13/2024, 11:33 PM EST

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The Warriors might have lost the war, but they certainly won the battle. At least partly. While the Bucks got the better of a short-handed Dubs, the Warriors’ loyalists are offering their support for the team’s effort. Particularly, Brandin Podziemski and Jonathan Kuminga. Yet, even Podziemski knows that it’s a small relief amidst the ongoing struggles. A very small relief.

Talking to reporters post-game, he revealed a valid issue that they must address if they have any hopes of getting better. He said that in an off-court setting, they are probably the most close-knit group ever. But when it comes to on-court chemistry, there is a disconnect.

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While team leaders Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Chris Paul take time to talk about issues or struggles during locker-room talks, there is only so much one can say. At the end of the day, it depends on each and every one in a team to step up and take their roles seriously.

As Podziemski summarized, the “want, energy, and desire” are necessary traits. Without them, the entire team “will suffer”. It’s not a probability. That part is a confirmation. But Podziemski wasn’t the first to note this.

The Warriors’ lack of connectivity seems to be a major problem

Gary Payton II, the 31-year-old veteran guard for the Warriors, had a foreboding sense that his team was missing a key feature. With the 2023-24 season being an injury-riddled one for GP, he hasn’t gotten enough time on the floor. But even he knew the moment he stepped foot after recovering from a calf injury that “disconnect” was a serious issue with the team.

Just two days prior to Payton’s comments, Kerr had echoed somewhat of a similar sentiment after their loss to the Mavericks. He mentioned how the squad no longer wants to just play for the group.

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“Until this team really connects in a way that is solely dedicated to winning each and every game, we’re going to be stuck in this place,” he had said.

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Veteran off-season acquisition, Chris Paul, also had the same opinion. He said that the solution is as simple as staying “connected”. Unfortunately, the Warriors are yet to find that connectivity.

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And that is the scariest part. Will the Dubs find it before it’s too late? Or are the Warriors due for a rebuild? Let us know your thoughts below!

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