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Five bold Warriors predictions for restarting dynasty this offseason

Five bold Warriors predictions for restarting dynasty this offseason

The Warriors enter a crucial offseason as they look to rebuild a dynasty on the fly without missing a beat.

After Steph Curry and Klay Thompson played a total of five games (all by Curry) last season, the Warriors sunk to the bottom of the NBA, going 15-50 as Steve Kerr tried to find out what current players would help a title push when his stars return and what the team still is missing.

The Warriors are looking to maximize the remaining prime years of Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green, believing they should return to title contention with a healthy core. They will enter the offseason armed with a top-five draft pick, a $17.2 million trade exception and an appealing situation for veteran players to take pay cuts to join.

This offseason is a critical one for the Warriors. They must hit every not correctly if they are to restart a dynasty that was wobbly when injuries and exhaustion led to their defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors.

President of basketball operations Bob Myers will have to navigate an elongated offseason perfectly in order to send the Warriors back to the top of the NBA. There are a number of possibilities for this crucial offseason, and Myers no doubt will have a few surprises up his sleeve.

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Warriors' Steph Curry 'had major FOMO' when NBA bubble games started

Warriors' Steph Curry 'had major FOMO' when NBA bubble games started

This probably won't come as a surprise to you, but Steph Curry truly enjoys playing basketball.

Crazy, right?

The three-time NBA champion -- who was limited to just five games during the 2019-20 NBA season because of a broken left hand -- misses competing against the best players in the world.

So when the seeding games in the Orlando bubble began July 30, Steph was a little conflicted.

“Obviously I was happy to see basketball back on TV, but that first week I had major FOMO (fear of missing out),” he told The New York Times' Marc Stein on Sunday night. "Once you see Bron (LeBron James) and Kawhi (Leonard) and P.G. (Paul George) go at it, and you remember how much fun it is to play in those types of games and that kind of level, you miss it badly."

Unfortunately for the two-time NBA MVP, it's unclear exactly when he will get a chance to take the court again with actual stakes on the line. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, nobody truly knows when the 2020-21 campaign will begin.

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But whenever next season does commence, he and his teammates will be ready to rock and roll.

“Our roster kind of speaks for itself in terms of what me, Klay (Thompson) and Draymond (Green) have been through, and what we’ve got left in the tank,” Steph told Stein. “But it’s on us to use this time wisely.

"It’s just unchartered territory, whether you’re in the bubble or not.”

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As for the aforementioned FOMO, how is the 32-year-old dealing with it?

"Curry said he relies on all the bonus family time he’s getting with his wife, Ayesha, and their three children, business endeavors and then special occasions like Sunday’s P.G.A. outing," Stein writes.

And when it comes to business endeavors, Steph reportedly soon will be getting his own brand at Under Armour. So having some extra time on his hands to handle those details certainly can't hurt.

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Damian Lillard, Dwyane Wade congratulate Steph Curry on Under Armour brand

Damian Lillard, Dwyane Wade congratulate Steph Curry on Under Armour brand

To quote the legendary Ron Burgundy: Steph Curry is kind of a big deal at Under Armour.

So it makes perfect sense why the Warriors superstar soon will "have his own brand under the umbrella of Under Armour, just like how Michael Jordan has his Jordan Brand at Nike," as Let's Go Warriors recently reported.

And when Bleacher Report posted about the news to Instagram on Monday, prominent members of the basketball world paid tribute to the two-time NBA MVP.

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Dwyane Wade: "Welcome to the 'own' brand club."

Damian Lillard: "Love it."

Bradley Beal: "(three fire emojis)."

How long has this "own brand" thing been in the works?

Julie Creswell and Kevin Draper of The New York Times revealed some very important details in late January.

In the summer of 2018, two top Under Armour executives traveled to the West Coast on a critical mission. Kevin Plank, the sports apparel company’s founder and chief executive, and Patrik Frisk, its president and chief operating officer, needed to persuade Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors star and the company’s highest-profile endorser, not to leave the brand.

Mr. Plank was unhappy that Mr. Curry, whose endorsement deal pays him millions of dollars a year, would rarely wear Under Armour clothing to N.B.A. games. Mr. Curry was upset that sales of the signature Curry 3 shoe had been weak.

At the meeting, participants found a solution that would showcase just how much Mr. Curry meant to the company. Mr. Plank and Mr. Frisk agreed to build a separate business around him, one reminiscent of what Nike had done for Michael Jordan two decades before. The company brought on the former executive who had overseen the creation of the Jordan brand at Nike to run the Curry brand and promised Mr. Curry much more involvement in the development of his shoes. Mr. Curry decided to remain, and a crisis was averted.

Curry's contract with Under Armour runs through 2024, and is worth a reported $20 million annually.

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