The Warriors will face an uphill climb this NBA season.
No longer the big, bad bullies of the Western Conference, Golden State will have to reinvent itself in order to survive in a conference that got loads better in the offseason. With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston all gone, it'll be up to Steph Curry, Draymond Green, new acquisition D'Angelo Russell and head coach Steve Kerr navigate the treacherous West and keep the five-time defending conference champions afloat until Klay Thompson is able to return from his torn ACL.
The Lakers, Clippers and Jazz all made seismic moves to improve their team, while the Rockets exchanged Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook in hopes of finally knocking the Dubs off (jury is still out on this move).
The Western Conference is vastly improved, but those counting the Warriors out of the title conversation should rethink their position. Green knows the Dubs will be dangerous when it's winning time.
"No pumping up need to be done," Green said about the Warriors' upcoming season Thursday on CNBC's "Power Money." "We still got a great cast with obviously Steph Curry leading the charge. We bring in D'Angelo Russel. Got a lot of young talent coming in -- Willie Cauley-Stein -- I plan on trying to play at the best of my ability this year, and obviously, with Klay coming back around February, no one is going to want to play us in the playoffs, that's for sure."
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The Warriors might not be the runaway favorite to win the West this season, but at 100 percent they have the talent and experience to take down anyone.
They'll be a team no one wants to see in next year's playoffs.
Oh no! Steph Curry got in a sparring match.
Just kidding. But the Warriors superstar did have a fake fight with legendary boxer Canelo Álvarez as the two participated in the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe while waiting for a practice round.
Canelo made Curry look the least athletic he probably has ever looked -- and that’s saying something.
Canelo swiped from the left side at Steph and he couldn’t believe it.
“You’re supposed to move, dude,” somebody shouted as Steph laughed.
Canelo has just one loss across his career with 53 wins in 56 fights -- 36 of those wins were by knockout. That’s probably why he’s dubbed the world’s best active boxer by BoxRec.
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Glad it’s Steph and not me.
Don’t worry, nobody was hurt in the making of this Instagram story.
The Warriors need to bolster their frontcourt this offseason.
They could do just that through the NBA draft, free agency or both.
Last week, Grant Liffmann listed some possible "under-the-radar" free-agents the front office could target. And Monte Poole, Kerith Burke, Liffmann and yours truly discussed those options this week on the latest "Warriors Roundtable."
It's very possible that general manager Bob Myers and his staff make it a priority to sign a player (or two) who is a threat from deep.
The plan was for Kevon Looney to add the 3-point shot to his game last year, but injuries derailed his season.
Marquese Chriss averaged 2.7 3-point attempts per game over his first two NBA seasons with the Phoenix Suns, but just shot 39 3s over 59 games with the Dubs in 2019-20 (he made eight).
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And Draymond Green -- who might end up playing more center in 2020-21 -- has not shot the ball consistently well from beyond the arc the last four regular seasons.
To see which big men the Warriors might be interested in adding this October, watch the full conversation above.
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