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Klay doesn't shy away from dynasty talk: 'We just want to be...'

Klay doesn't shy away from dynasty talk: 'We just want to be...'

OAKLAND -- Klay Thompson showed no fear. He didn’t so much as blink, much less hesitate. The D-word came out of his mouth with a breezy assurance no different than the basketball coming off his shooting hand.

Dynasty.

That’s not Thompson’s presumption, nor is it that of the Warriors. But when you’re on a run of three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, with two championships to show for it, that becomes the only long-term goal.

And Thompson embraced the notion, when asked on Thursday what will drive the Warriors this season.

“Probably the potential dynasty factor, leaving a legacy like the Showtime Lakers of the ‘80s or that (Larry Bird-led) Celtics team or those Bulls teams of the 90s or the three-peat Lakers team,” Thompson told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We just want to be known as one of the greatest teams of our era. And I think we have the ingredients to do it. We’ve just got to go out there and take it. That’s what drives us.”

The Warriors last season became the first team in NBA history to win at least 67 games in three consecutive seasons. They became the first team in 31 years to post the best record three consecutive seasons. Their 207 wins are the most ever during such a span.

History beckons, and Thompson -- along with fellow All-Stars, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green -- believes the Warriors want their piece.

“Individually, our best guys don’t need any motivation; you see it every day with Steph and Kevin,” he said. “They are the hardest workers on the team. And when you see your two best players doing that, everybody else on the team, we just follow suit. They’re still really hungry and we just want to leave a legacy, especially in the Bay Area, as one of the greatest collections of talent that ever stepped on the hardwood.”

Seeing the goal is one thing, achieving it quite another. Several teams around the league, most of them in the Western Conference, have made bold moves in an effort to seriously challenge the Warriors.

The Thunder, coming off a 47-35 season, added Paul George and then Carmelo Anthony to a team led by reigning MVP Russell Westbrook. The Rockets (55-27 last season) traded for future Hall of Famer Chris Paul, pairing him with James Harden. The Timberwolves, a disappointing 31-51, added All-Star Jimmy Butler, former All-Star Jeff Teague, and steady veterans Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford to a roster that already had Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

The Warriors remain the favorites, but Thompson seems to realize that favorites don’t always win.

“It’s just going to be a fun year in the NBA,” he said. “People think it’s the Warriors and everybody else. But we don’t think like that. And, certainly, the players around the league don’t think like that.”

Since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77, only two franchises -- the Lakers and the Bulls -- have won three titles in four seasons. Both did it twice. By most any reasonable definition, they were dynasties.

If Thompson and the Warriors manage to thrive while navigating the regular season and then win another championship, that’ll put them safely in dynasty territory.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

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Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

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Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.