Fox Sports Pundit Calls Golden State Warriors Dynasty 'Totally Fraudulent'

Fox Sports analyst Rob Parker has claimed the Golden State Warriors dynasty was "totally fraudulent" and that the franchise's glory days ended when Kevin Durant left the Bay Area in the offseason.

The outlandish claim comes as the Warriors are rock-bottom of the Western Conference with a 12-42 record—the worst in the entire NBA—and will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season, when they went 23-43.

Golden State reached the playoffs in the following two seasons, before appointing Steve Kerr as head coach in 2014 and reaching the NBA Finals in each of the last five seasons, winning three titles.

Throughout their exhilarating run, the Warriors have been hailed as one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history and been credited with ushering the game into a whole new era by relying on three-point scoring more than ever before.

Parker, however, has a completely different view.

"The Warriors dynasty was totally fraudulent," he said on FS1's Undisputed on Monday.

"The only reason they had a dynasty was because Kevin Durant joined the team. Steph [Curry], KT [Klay Thompson] and Draymond [Green] won one championship and that was [when the Cleveland Cavaliers were] without Kyrie [Irving] and [Kevin] Love."

Durant signed with the Warriors as a free agent in the summer of 2016. While his arrival turned an already brilliant team into a superpower, Golden State had won the title in 2015 and reached another NBA Finals just a few months earlier, winning an NBA-record 73 regular-season games.

The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in the 2015 NBA Finals, before losing the rematch 4-3 a year earlier, squandering a 3-1 lead.

Durant's arrival coincided with two more title triumphs against the Cavaliers, who were thrashed 4-1 in 2017 and swept away in four games a year later.

The Warriors' bid to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers at the beginning of the century to win three titles in a row ended last year, when they were dethroned by the Toronto Raptors in six games.

Durant sat out nine games in the playoffs with a strained calf. He returned to the court in Game 5 with the Warriors staring down the barrel of a 3-1 deficit in the series.

The return proved to be the two-time NBA Finals MVP's final appearance for the Warriors, as he ruptured his Achilles early in the second quarter.

The Warriors kept the series alive but lost Game 6, and the series, when Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

Durant subsequently signed for the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent in July and will make his debut for the franchise next season when he's completely recovered from his injury.

Already without Durant and Thompson, whose return date remains unknown, the Warriors then lost Curry to a hand injury in the fourth game of the season.

Without its stars, Golden State lies rock bottom of the Western Conference and has already lost more games this year than in Kerr's first three seasons in charge combined.

Parker believes the glory days aren't coming back to San Francisco anytime soon.

"Read my lips, the Warriors dynasty, or whatever you want to call it, has been officially eliminated once Kevin Durant left," he continued. "It's not happening. I do not see the Warriors winning anything, anytime soon."

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The Golden State Warriors celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the 2018 NBA Finals. Justin K. Aller/Getty
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