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Clippers adviser Jerry West believes Warriors weak point is very clear

Clippers adviser Jerry West believes Warriors weak point is very clear

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Jerry West knows a thing or two about basketball.

He was named NBA Executive of the Year in 1995 and 2004 and is widely considered one of the best general managers in league history.

So when he looks at the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors, does he see any potential issues with the roster?

“To me, their bench is their weak point, there’s no question it’s their bench," West told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. "But at this time of year, you don’t need it that much. You get extra days off, so guys play 40 minutes or more if need be.

"Guys can play more when you’re chasing something that is really unique and important.”

With DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Jones sidelined, the Warriors definitely don't have a lot of depth at the center position anymore.

Shaun Livingston is dealing with nagging knee soreness, Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko aren't in the rotation against the Clippers, Quinn Cook didn't play in Game 4 and Jacob Evans isn't ready to contribute. 

On the flip side, Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney have been spectacular, Andrew Bogut has more than exceeded expectations in his return to the Dubs and Alfonzo McKinnie is a useful wing with elite rebounding skills.

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When you are top-heavy like the Warriors, the bench isn't going to register impressive statistics.

“When we go out there and the Warriors announce their starting lineup, you say, ‘Oh my gosh, doesn’t look like a fair fight,'” West said to The Athletic. “It’s like David and Goliath, that’s what it is. It almost doesn’t seem fair when they put their lineup out there."

And as he is very much aware, West is partially responsible for that -- he worked for Golden State from 2011 to 2017.

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

All the national pundits and talking heads have danced on the grave of the Warriors' dynasty.

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, and Klay Thompson out for a large portion of the upcoming season after ACL surgery, most believe the Warriors' reign of dominance is over.

But Thompson isn't listening to the noise. The Warriors might be down, but they aren't out.

"The dynasty ain't over," Klay said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's far from over."

After five season atop the NBA mountain, the Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the title, and they will look vastly different this season.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Super Death Lineup this is not.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-four playoff seeds in the West last season.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract in the offseason.

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As Green said last week, no one will want to face the Warriors in the playoffs. That will be especially true if Thompson is 100 percent in April.

Durant isn't around anymore, but the dynasty isn't dead until Curry, Thompson and Green say it is.

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant was unhappy with Warriors

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant was unhappy with Warriors

Kevin Durant came to the Warriors in 2016 in pursuit of a family and NBA titles.

Despite all the winning the Warriors did with Durant, he told the Wall Street Journal last week that he never quite felt like one of the guys. That possibly had something to do with him refusing to commit long term to the Warriors. It's hard for a family to accept you when you have one foot in the house and the other on the front porch.

NBA legend Magic Johnson can't begin to fathom Durant's logic in leaving for the Brooklyn Nets after three seasons and two championships in the Bay.

"KD, I hope that he finds happiness," Johnson said Friday on ESPN's First Take. "If you can't find happiness at Golden State, where are you going to find it at?

“First of all, give Steph Curry a lot of credit for saying, 'I'm a two-time MVP. I'm willing to take a backseat because I want to win.' Give Klay Thompson a lot of credit, because you know whose game suffered the most? Klay Thompson. He used to get a lot more touches before KD got there, and he said, 'I'm OK with that as long as we win a championship.' Draymond Green, even he had to take a backseat.

"So, Kevin, if you won back-to-back titles, you won MVP of the Finals as well, where are you going to find happiness at? I just want him to find happiness because when I look at Michael Jordan, when I look at Kobe Bryant, this brother, Kevin Durant, is one of the greatest scorers we've seen in NBA history, so I just want him to be happy. I just don't know where he's going to find it at if he can't find it at Golden State."

We imagine every single Warriors fan feels the same way as Magic does.

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Unlike Thunder fans, Warriors fans don't hold any ill will toward Durant. They're just puzzled by his decision to leave. He had everything he wanted in the Bay Area, and Golden State could have offered more money. Yet he still decided to leave.

But maybe Durant never will be happy in the same spot for too long. It's possible that in three years, Nets fans find themselves wondering why Durant wasn't happy, just like Warriors fans are right now.