It's NBA dynasty vs. NFL dynasty for the eighth edition of "The Match."
TNT announced Wednesday that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors will square off against Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce in the latest version of "The Match," set to air June 29.
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Mahomes and Kelce are part of the Chiefs team that won Super Bowl LVII almost three months ago, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in the most-watched TV event of all time. The two of them have another Super Bowl ring from a few years ago and seem poised to capture at least a few more together. They are a dynasty — and a young one.
Curry and Thompson are part of an older dynasty with the Warriors. Together, they've won four NBA titles and been to the playoffs nine times in the past 11 years. In 2022, just two years after finishing with a 15-50 record, the Warriors were at the top of the NBA again, beating the Boston Celtics in six games in the NBA Finals.
The timing of "The Match" is interesting. The announcement was made as the NBA playoffs are in full swing, so Curry and Thompson are still the defending champions. But by the time the event airs, there's a chance they won't be. The NBA Finals are taking place over the first two weeks of June, and it's possible the Warriors won't make it that far. They lost Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
There's still a lot of time for Golden State to take control of this series with the Lakers, so there's a decent chance the Warriors could stroll onto the course at the Wynn on June 29 as newly crowned champions. If they do, we can only hope they have the Larry O'Brien Trophy somehow take on the Lombardi Trophy in a championship trophy showdown.