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Warriors GM Bob Myers: 'We didn't set out to create a Super Team'

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Warriors GM Bob Myers: 'We didn't set out to create a Super Team'

The phrase "Super Team" is rolled out left and right in the NBA and the current lead example is the defending champion Golden State Warriors. 

"We didn't set out to create a Super Team," Warriors GM Bob Myers said Tuesday night on NBA TV. "Five years ago, we were looking up at Miami, the Lakers, Spurs or whoever. You don't quit. What can you do? You try to do it the best you can and compete and build and hopefully every decision you make makes you incrementally better, whether it's five perent, 10." 

After defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference Finals in the 2015-16 season, and then losing in seven games of the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors signed Thunder star Kevin Durant. Many deemed the Warriors to be unfair as the NBA's next Super Team adding Durant to the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, etc. 

But the Warriors drafted Curry, Thompson and Green, and Myers knows that's where the process to greatness truly starts. 

"For us, it was I inherited Steph Curry from when I showed up," Myers continued. "You draft Klay Thompson, you say, 'Well that makes us a little better.' You make a trade that makes us a little better. We got fortunate that Iguodala wanted to come on board. Now we're a little better. You grab a couple vets. You put yourself in position in the draft and get lucky and get a Draymond Green. And then Durant was completely unexpected."

Myers won't comment on if Super Teams are good or bad for the NBA, but he knows firsthand that they don't happen overnight and every front office is out looking to do the same thing eventually. 

"Whether it's good or bad, I don't know," Myers said. "I think all of us understand the moves we make four years ago, five years ago, three years ago, lead to now. When LeBron and Bosh came (to Miami), it's because they drafted Wade and he was so good and won a championship. He loved that culture so much that he went out to LeBron and Bosh and said, 'C'mon man, this is the place to come.' 

"So the decision to draft Dwyane Wade was the pivotal decision. ...The decisions we make years prior, lead us to where we are today. Somebody's making decisions right now that are going to be impactful three, four years from now and that person's gonna be sitting here." 

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

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With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.

 

Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

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Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...