双语丨勇士休赛期展望:如何让荣光继续闪耀?

作者:Paolo Uggetti

译者:瓜瓜新铁王

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双语丨勇士休赛期展望:如何让荣光继续闪耀?

勇士没有让我们失望。过去的八个月,人们都在试图相信休斯顿火箭队可以创造奇迹,夸奖詹姆斯逆天的惊人表现,但到最后,所有人都再次得到了与去年一致的结论:勇士是冠军!勇士在过去的四年里三度在总决赛击败克里夫兰骑士队,但这一次他们只用四场就结束了战斗。

The Warriors are exactly who we thought they were. After almost eight months of trying to believe in the Houston Rockets and praising LeBron James, we’ve reached the same conclusion for the second straight year: The Warriors are world champs. They beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third time in the past four NBA Finals, but did so this time in only four games.

进入了休赛季的勇士接下来就要把注意力集中在如何保持阵容的竞争力上了。不过一些问题现在就已经摆在了他们的面前,包括最重要的一个:如何留住队里的超级球星。接下来我们就来谈谈湾区的高层们在不远的将来就要解决的几个难题:

Now Golden State will head into yet another offseason with an eye toward keeping the title train rolling. But there are some questions ahead, including the most essential one: How long can the Warriors keep their Hall of Fame core together? Here are the first-world problems that front-office executives in the Bay Area will be dealing with in the not-too-distant future:

勇士该怎样提升他们阵容的深度呢?

How Will the Warriors Fix Their Depth?

任何一支失去了34岁的安德烈-伊戈达拉的队伍都不应该像勇士这样手忙脚乱,他在季后赛最后两轮缺席的6场比赛无疑给勇士带来了相当大的麻烦。在碰到专门为了击败他们而打造的休斯顿火箭队之前,勇士阵容深度不足的问题一直都没有被暴露出来。欧米-卡斯比的签约适得其反,替代他的奎因-库克在对阵火箭时也没有发挥出什么作用,而尼克-杨也从一名救火队员被推上了主力替补的位置。勇士最后不得不派上大卫-韦斯特,扎扎-帕楚里亚,贾维尔-麦基和新秀乔丹-贝尔来对抗火箭的小球阵容。火箭的这套阵容中发挥最好的是担任中锋的P.J-塔克,要知道他的身高可是只有198cm啊。内线的臃肿和锋线球员的缺乏这两个问题对勇士的影响在伊戈达拉受伤缺阵之后迅速从不太理想恶化成了毁灭性打击。

A team missing 34-year-old Andre Iguodala should not have looked as discombobulated as the Warriors did at times in the six games he missed during the final two rounds of the playoffs. The Warriors had depth problems this season that weren’t fully exposed until they faced off against a Houston team designed to beat them. The Omri Casspi signing backfired, and Quinn Cook (who replaced Casspi on the roster) had little, if any, impact against Houston. Nick Young went from a heat-check signing to a necessary backup. Golden State could also barely play David West, Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee, and rookie Jordan Bell against a Rockets team that found its most success with 6-foot-6 P.J. Tucker at center. The glut of bigs and lack of wings went from unideal to detrimental when Iguodala went down.

好消息是我们刚才提到的绝大部分球员的合同都会在今年夏天到期。韦斯特,帕楚里亚,杨和麦基都会成为不受限制的自由球员,他们很可能都不会出现在下赛季的勇士阵容里了。但勇士还是需要用其他球员来填补他们离开留下的空缺,找到既能做出贡献还愿意牺牲薪水接受低薪的球员可不太容易。杨的薪水是他们之中最高的,但也只有了520万美元,而韦斯特和帕楚里亚的薪水都不足200万美元。尽管如此,勇士老板乔-拉科布依然需要支付高达4300万美元的高昂奢侈税,这个数字似乎也不太可能在短时间内有所降低。尽管队内巅峰球星云集,球队总经理鲍勃-迈尔斯看起来似乎依然肩负着相当艰巨的任务。

The good news is that the contracts of almost all of the aforementioned players are up this summer. West, Pachulia, Young, and McGee are all unrestricted free agents, and there’s a chance almost none of them return. The problem is the Warriors still have to fill those spots with players who can not only contribute but who are also willing to do so for a minimal salary. Young made the most out of the group at $5.2 million, and West and McGee both made less than $2 million. Owner Joe Lacob still had to pay up a $43 million luxury tax bill, a number that won’t get any lower any time soon. General manager Bob Myers has a surprisingly tough task ahead for a team with four All-Stars in their primes.

凯文-杜兰特有可能会重新考虑拒绝降薪的决定吗?

Will Kevin Durant Reconsider Not Taking a Pay Cut?

ESPN在四月的报道称杜兰特将会选择放弃下个赛季2600万美元的合同,在今年夏天进入自由市场并重新与勇士商讨新的合约。(杜兰特本周向ESPN记者瑞秋-尼科尔斯确认,他将会继续留在勇士队。)这条信息非常明确:杜兰特将不再接受降薪。29岁的杜兰特在2016年与勇士签下那份2年的合约时少拿了1000万美元,这也让勇士成功地留下了伊戈达拉和肖恩-利文斯顿,保存了王朝阵容的主干。但看到自己在西决离被淘汰有多么接近之后,勇士必须要想办法补强自己的阵容。如果杜兰特签下了一份顶薪合同,勇士在支出增加的同时还会减少引援的选择面,这无疑是不太乐观的。

ESPN reported in April that Durant would be opting out of the $26 million owed to him for next season in favor of entering free agency this summer and restructuring his deal with the Warriors. (Durant confirmed to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols this week that he is indeed staying with the Warriors.) The message was clear: Durant is not taking another pay cut. Durant, 29, took $10 million less than what he could have when he signed a two-year deal with the Warriors in 2016, which allowed the Warriors to retain key role players like Iguodala and Shaun Livingston and keep their budding dynasty rolling. But after seeing how close they were to elimination in the West finals, the Warriors are bound to try and find places where they can improve. And if Durant signs a max deal, it provides them with more cost certainty in the long run but few options to fill out the roster.