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Rockets GM Morey: 'The other thing that's difficult with the Warriors...'

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Rockets GM Morey: 'The other thing that's difficult with the Warriors...'

Since the Rockets added Chris Paul, Houston GM Daryl Morey has been asked about the Warriors many, many times.

And in a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, he was forced to address Golden State again.

"Generally I felt like prepping or thinking about one team in your strategic planning is a mistake," Morey started. "That's what I would have answered for the last ... I've been in the league for 15 years.

"Now we're in the situation where I think we have a good chance to be the second best team in the NBA ... And the other thing that's difficult right now with the Warriors is they're a historically great team. They could end this run as being one of the best teams of all-time.

"In fact, you could argue some of these teams already have been close to that or were that. So I'm actually forced to think about the Warriors because the reality is we're here to just win the title. That's all I think about and so you can't help but think about the Warriors."

Acording to Bovada, the Rockets have the fourth best odds (10/1) to win the title, behind the Warriors (-160), Cavs (4/1) and Celtics (9/1).

The NBA elected to have the Rockets face the Warriors on Opening Night.

The other game on Oct. 17 is between the Cavs and Celtics, so it appears the league agrees with the oddsmakers.

"It's not just closing the gap, because we're not gonna close it the whole way," Morey said. "We do feel like we closed it a lot this summer. But you're never -- I don't want to say never -- it's going to be extraordinarily difficult...

"You not only want to add players to get you closer, but you also need to take more risks. We're gonna continue to end up being in the news because we're gonna continue to try and take risks to get better.

"We haven't been perfect in our moves ... to close that gap with the Warriors, we have to take risks."

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

Gilbert Arenas: Steph Curry is not a Top 5 point guard

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Gilbert Arenas: Steph Curry is not a Top 5 point guard

Calm down Warriors fans.

Gilbert Arenas is just looking to make headlines (and it worked).

On the most recent episode of his show "Out of Bounds," Arenas unveiled his Top 5 point guards in the NBA:

1) Chris Paul
2) LeBron James
3) John Wall
4) Damian Lillard
5) Ben Simmons

Just to be clear -- Arenas repeatedly harped on the definition of "point guard" and considers guys like Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook "combo guards" or "scorers."

But obviously, his list is silly and full of contradictions. For one -- Lillard is a "scorer" who is averaging 6.2 assists (Curry is averaging 6.5) and is shooting only 40 percent from the field this season.

"I can't put Curry as a Top 5 point guard," Arenas explained. "You know he hasn't actually led the Golden State Warriors in assists ... you're a guard, you're a scorer ... if I pass the ball to Klay Thompson 15 times ... that means I get six assists a game.

"Then you have KD on your team, pick-and-roll pass it back -- he's gonna make at least six of those. So the fact that you're not averaging 12 assists from just two of these guys, is a problem."

Note to Arenas: Curry led the Warriors in assists in five of his first six seasons.

The other two hosts -- Adam Caparell and Pierce Simpson -- constantly brought it to Arenas' attention that the modern NBA is different and positions are not nearly as defined as they once were.

But Arenas didn't really want to hear any of that.

In his dissection of Harden, Arenas made it very clear that he is not a fan of Harden's turnover numbers.

"If the guy throws 25 passes -- 13 made buckets and 13 turnovers -- he is not considered a great playmaker," Arenas declared. "Thirteen assists compared to his 5.5 turnovers. He's not even 2 to 1 guys. Come on. He's not even 2 to 1. If you're saying a great guard, yes. He's a great guard. Combo guard."

Two things:

1) 13 + 13 = 26
2) 13 to 5.5 actually is greater than 2 to 1. It's 2.36 to 1

Oh well.

Caparell's Top 5:

1) Russell Westbrook
2) Steph Curry
3) Kyrie Irving
4) Damian Lillard
5) James Harden

Simpson's Top 5:

1) James Harden
2) John Wall
3) Russell Westbrook
4) Steph Curry
5) Giannis Antetokounmpo

This was a big waste of time, wasn't it?

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Klay 'active citizen in the community' Thompson discusses local TV hit

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Klay 'active citizen in the community' Thompson discusses local TV hit

The Warriors had an off day in New York on Monday.

So Klay Thompson hit the streets.

Why did he agree to take part in a local TV hit about scaffolding?

"I was walking and she asked me if I wanted to do an interview, and I said sure," Klay explained to reporters on Tuesday. "Interesting topic -- unfortunately, people got hurt. And it was cool to give my opinion and be an active citizen in the community."

Did she know who Klay was?

"No. It was great. It was nice," Klay answered. "The cameraman recognized me but she didn't ask my profession. Just what I thought about the situation, so I answered it truthfully. 

Don't ever change, Klay. Don't ever change.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller