Metta World Peace Says Golden State Warriors a 'Pinky Toe Away' from Contending

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistMay 17, 2013

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30, left) and power forward David Lee (10, right) react after game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82.  Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Metta World Peace chimed in on the Golden State Warriors' impressive playoff run as only he could, mixing metaphors, incorporating a language that only he may be able to understand and, beneath it all, hitting on a kernel of truth.

After the Dubs fell to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6, MWP hit Twitter with a pair of gems. First, he gave his Pacific Division rivals a healthy endorsement, highlighting just how near Golden State might be to reaching the next level in its development.

Then, things got a little weirder.

When shots like Curry's and Klay Area rattles tales out the gutter. It makes me think that the Popovich's are destined. 2 3's, In N Out🍔🍟

— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 17, 2013

World Peace clearly watched the game, as both Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry missed a handful of pretty open looks when the Warriors had a shot to pull ahead in the fourth quarter. But he seems to have coined a new nickname for Thompson, renamed the Spurs after their coach and gotten a little too preoccupied with a fast food chain.

On the whole, though, this is what we've come to expect from MWP's social media dabblings.

And if we sift through the weirdness, we see that World Peace's opinion is being echoed by plenty of other sources.

Perhaps most importantly, the Warriors' fans seem to share the same optimism, as they stayed late to cheer for their fallen team. And as if the Dubs were trying to outclass themselves, they returned to the floor to thank their fans for the support.

This is a group with a ton of young perimeter talent in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Plus, Andrew Bogut can only get healthier. With a roster composed of great citizens and diligent workers, it's no wonder that everyone is predicting (and in some cases, hoping for) great things in the future.

Taking a realistic approach, it's going to be hard to make it out of the Western Conference in the next few seasons. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets all have a strong mix of youth and experience. Plus, the Spurs don't seem capable of fading away, and the Los Angeles Lakers probably won't stand for the kind of results they had this year.

And the Clippers will be right back in the picture if Chris Paul comes back.

The climb to the top of the West seems like it'll always be a steep one. But remember, the Warriors came this far with a banged-up Andrew Bogut, a lost season from Brandon Rush and three rookies playing huge minutes.

As scary as it sounds, World Peace is right: The Warriors are actually really close to contending.