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Silver laughs at Jordan's super team comments, defends Warriors

Silver laughs at Jordan's super team comments, defends Warriors

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has come to the Warriors' defense.

Last week, in an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine, all-time great and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan took a shot at the current "super teams" in the NBA.

"I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint. You're going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they're going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment," Jordan told the publication.

On Monday morning, Silver responded to those comments in an interview with Mike and Mike on ESPN.

"I chuckled a little because this notion that maybe the most competitive athlete in the history all of sports is frustrated because his team isn't predicted to win the championship this year. So I take it with a bit of a grain of salt. And also, here's a guy who in his last six full seasons with as a Chicago Bull won the championship. So at the time everybody defined that Bulls team as a "super team." I think there's a recognition that in this sport, with combinations of certain players, they are going to be superior. To me, as I said towards the end of last season, we should celebrate excellence.

"Before we talk about breaking up a truly great team, especially one that was largely built through the draft -- I get it [Kevin] Durant came as a free agent -- but when you have Steph [Curry] as the seventh pick, Klay [Thompson] as the 11th, Draymond [Green] at the 35th pick, Steve Kerr doing an incredible job, Bob Myers as the GM, to me, it raises the bar for all teams in the league and it's something that rather then teams sitting around and saying 'We can't possible compete against the Golden State Warriors,' you'd like to think the collection of the very best players in the world on the 29 other teams would have the Warriors in their sights," Silver said.

The Warriors on Tuesday open the defense of their NBA title against the Rockets. In June, the Warriors rampaged through the postseason, winning the title with a 16-1 record, their only loss coming in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

In an effort to try to knock off the Warriors and Cavs, who have met in three straight NBA Finals, teams such as the Rockets, Thunder, Celtics and Timberwolves all revamped their rosters with blockbuster trades this offseason.

Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

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Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

Draymond Green and Joel Embiid are two of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA. 

After the 76ers blew a 22-point halftime lead to the Warriors on Saturday, Embiid tweeted "we know what it feels like to blow a big lead" to take a jab at the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals two years ago. 

Green finally saw the tweet and it looks like it's all fun and games between the two. The Warriors' defensive star says he's "looking forward to playing against you (Embiid) for years." 

While tweeting the response, Green had even more to say. 

In the Warriors' 124-116 win over the 76ers on November 18, Green scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists. Embiid scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds.

Why did David Lee retire? Warriors impact on NBA 'did limit my options'

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Why did David Lee retire? Warriors impact on NBA 'did limit my options'

Last season, David Lee appeared in 79 games (10 starts) for the Spurs, averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 18.7 minutes a night.

He doesn't turn 35 years old until April 29.

But over the weekend, he officially announced his retirement from the NBA.

On Tuesday, the two-time All-Star explained his decision during an interview with Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game.

"I kind of had a little bit more of a strict criteria coming into this offseason. At the most I wanted to play another two years, and as you know -- I had another injury last season, so a lot of the summer was spent rehabbing.

"And with the NBA changing right now, the Warriors have caused a lot of teams in the league to say either we're gonna try to put as many guys on one team as possible to try to compete with the Warriors, or we're gonna go super young. So it did limit my options."

[POOLE: In his own way, David Lee was a launching pad for the new age Warriors]

You know the story: When Steve Kerr arrived in Golden State, Lee was slated to be the team's starting power forward. But after he injured his hamstring during the preseason, Draymond Green became the starter and Lee never got his starting role back.

In July 2015, Golden State traded him to Boston. Lee was waived in February 2016 and finished the season in Dallas.

So what is Lee going to do next?

"I either wanted to be in a situation where I was on a team that could be a contender -- which once again as you know limits it to maybe six teams if we're being generous -- or a team where I could play significant enough minutes to really be worth coming back and to feel like I was doing something meaningful.

"And while I had a couple opportunities, that criteria wasn't really filled. And at the same time, I actually got a call from a couple of my very good friends that I met while I was a Golden State Warrior -- that run an unbelievable venture capital firm and are doing incredible things in the Bay -- and offered to have me come work for them and have some very exciting things that could happen in the future.

"When the offers didn't come in the way that I wanted them to -- although I could go be someone's fourth big man on a team that's gonna win 30 games -- I decided to roll the dice and to try something new and I'm really excited about my decision."

Lee's new venture will have him flying back and forth between New York and the Bay Area.

So it's quite possible that Warriors fans will bump into Lee at some point soon...

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