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Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

To be determined. Young. Hungry. Fresh. Those are the words Bob Myers used to describe the revamped Warriors' identity in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on Monday.

Golden State has eight new players on its roster. One of the holdovers, Klay Thompson, is expected to miss a large portion of next season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Consequently, the Warriors' general manager and president of basketball operations is depending on several newcomers to help lead the franchise into a new phase.

In going about renovating the roster, Myers understood it needed an influx of youth -- which is now more feasible, given the lowered expectations.

"When you try to put these things together, a blend of youth and experience is always good," Myers told Burke. "I think we were tilted pretty far in the experience category, but that's sometimes what it takes to win."

Of the eight new players brought in, Alec Burks is the oldest at 27 years old. For the last several years, the Warriors have been one of the oldest teams in the league based on average age. This coming season, they'll be one of the youngest.

Myers knows that transition is bound to come with consistent growing pains, but ensures the Warriors are prepared for a different kind of season than they've become accustomed to.

"We are going to have to shapeshift in a certain way," Myers said. "We're going to miss Klay -- There's no replacing Klay Thompson. And then it's a lot of new, young guys. Losing Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun [Livingston] also -- the stability, the consistency they bring -- we'll see. But I think we're okay with that. We get it.

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"I think everybody is going into it with their eyes wide open, knowing there's going to be more challenges," he continued. "It's not going to be what it was. But there's also an excitement to that. There's a novelty to that. It's all kind of wrapped up -- even the new arena stuff -- it's kind of like it's a new dawn. It's a new era.

"We're moving forward in a different direction, so let's see what happens."

Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 104-98 preseason loss to Lakers

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Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 104-98 preseason loss to Lakers

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The Warriors took their first trip away from Chase Center and it didn't go as planned. 

Even with the Lakers sitting LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Warriors -- who sat Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell -- lost 104-98, their second defeat of the preseason. 

The Warriors struggled from the field most of the night and got off to a poor start, making just 19 percent of their first-quarter shots. 

To catch you up on the loss, here are three takeaways from the game.  

Steph and others struggle from the field

Following a 40-point performance last time out, Stephen Curry couldn't carry that over to Southern California, finishing 6 of 17 from the field on the night. 

Curry -- who has long struggled to shoot at Staples Center -- shouldn't be concerned with the long-term effects of the bad shooting night. Still, his performance set the tone for the rest of the roster, as Golden State finished 36.2 percent from the field. 

Rookie Jordan Poole -- who came into Monday's game shooting 47 percent in the preseason -- made just 3 of his 17 shot attempts, while Eric Paschall finished 2-of-7.

The rookies were bound to have a bad game after their respective hot starts to the preseason. Like Curry, they have a chance for redemption Wednesday against the same Lakers team. 

Golden State still can't rebound 

For much of the week, Warriors coach Steve Kerr lamented his team's poor rebounding effort. On Monday, Golden State did little to quell Kerr's concerns, as the team was outrebounded once again, 48-46. 

Dwight Howard was a big reason for the Warriors' struggles, grabbing 12 of his game-high 13 rebounds in the first half. Los Angeles took a 35-24 rebound advantage into halftime. 

With Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley Stein out, Golden State will have many nights like these. The key will be how effectively the Warriors' offense can counteract the problem. 

Chriss continues to impress

Marquese Chriss has been the surprise of camp, providing a badly-needed presence in the frontcourt. On Monday, he continued his solid play, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. 

Currently on a non-guaranteed deal, Chriss is proving he belongs on the regular-season roster. Due to his emergence, the Warriors find themselves in a conundrum heading into the final weekend of camp. With little cap space, the team will either have to cut a player to make room for Chriss, or make a trade to unload a salary off the books.

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Either way, it's becoming more and more likely Chriss will be on the Warriors' roster on Opening Night.

Warriors' Steph Curry wants to prove Steve Kerr right, perform at peak

Warriors' Steph Curry wants to prove Steve Kerr right, perform at peak

Steph Curry has made Steve Kerr look very smart many times, and the Warriors coach likely is hoping the star point guard does so again in reference to one of Kerr's recent proclamations.

On Sunday, Kerr told reporters after practice that he believed Curry was, "at his peak physically, mentally." A day later, Curry insisted he hoped to prove Kerr correct.

"Didn’t he say that last year, too? Two years ago?” Curry responded when told of Kerr's opinion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau. “So, I’m still sustaining this level, right? I don’t know what kind of time limit he’s putting on me. I like that.

"He said that two years ago, and I tried to prove him right," Curry continued. "Then he’ll say that two years from now, and I’ll try to prove him right again."

Kerr previously said Curry was at his peak just prior to the start of the 2017-18 season, which concluded with the second of consecutive championships. Of course, that Warriors team was arguably one of the most talented in league history, and much of that talent has since departed Golden State.

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With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson expected out until at least the All-Star break, Curry will have to take on a greater offensive role than he played the last time Kerr thought he was at his peak. If he can provide what the Warriors will need, he can prove Kerr's original proclamation false and his most recent one correct.