The Warriors face a summer -- and potentially an entire season -- of uncertainty after losing to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson can become unrestricted free agents, and both players face long rehabilitations. Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5, and Thompson tore his ACL in the third quarter of Game 6.
Draymond Green addressed reporters at Oracle Arena before Thompson's diagnosis was revealed. In the immediate aftermath of the Warriors' season ending two wins shy of a championship, Green wasn't ready to pronounce Golden State's dynasty dead.
"I think everybody thinks it's kind of the end of us," Green said from the podium. "But that's just not smart. We're not done yet. We lost this year. Clearly just wasn't our year, but that's how the cookie crumbles sometimes. But, yeah, I hear a lot of that noise, it's the end of a run and all that jazz.
"I don't see it happening, though. We'll be back."
Even if Durant and Thompson stay, the 2019-20 season will mark the Warriors' toughest challenge yet. Green, 29, and Stephen Curry, 31, likely will be tasked with leading a short-handed Golden State squad. General manager Bob Myers has pulled rabbits out of hats before (see: Cousins, DeMarcus), but Green and Curry probably will have to shoulder a larger load, no matter what the rest of the roster looks like.
Green sounds up for the challenge -- no matter how the cookie crumbles.