Kevin Looney explains how Warriors’ Big 3 changed the NBA

Kevin Looney has been one of the unsung heroes of the Warriors dynasty. Rooney has seen and contributed to a lot of wins since he was drafted in 2015.

He has seen the legacy of the Big Three of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the Bay Area.

When asked about the trio’s legacy on Wednesday, Rooney gave high marks.

“It just shows what a special trio they are, and they can win in different situations, different teams, different eras, different styles of play,” Rooney said.

In fact, the Warriors were on the scene as a powerhouse when Looney first entered the league. They finished a championship season in 2014-15 before winning 73 games the following year. Although they lost the 2016 NBA Finals, the Warriors won back-to-back trophies in 2018-19 and reached three NBA Finals games in 2018-19.

And now, after a two-year hiatus — and a very different NBA landscape than in 2015 — the Warriors are back in the NBA Finals in 2022, again trailing Curry, Thompson and Green.

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“When they first won the championship, the NBA was very different and the play was very different,” Rooney said. “For them, they’re a game-changer. Draymond, he just completely changed the big man position and got rid of the four.”

According to Rooney, the trio will go down in history as the league-changing “winners.”

“They’ll get their respective credits, but I think they’ll be remembered as dominant, winning and not even highly touted,” Rooney said. “Not high draft picks, all. They’re not All-Americans, that sort of thing. But they came in and changed the NBA.”

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