In 2012, when Harrison Barnes was a sophomore at North Carolina, the Golden State Warriors won 23 games and missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year. A year later, when Barnes and Draymond Green were drafted by the Warriors, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson led the team to 47 wins and a playoff berth. Then a year later a 51-win season. Then 67 wins and an NBA title.
Now 73, and a shot at winning back-to-back championships.
Before Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday, Barnes invited The Players’ Tribune to ride along with him to Oracle Arena. He reflected on his four years in the NBA, during which time he’s made the playoffs each season. He talked about his pregame routine, how the Warriors match up with the Cavaliers differently this year than last and what it would mean to win a second straight NBA championship.