Klay Thompson thinks Warriors have years of championship contention ahead

Klay Thompson thinks Warriors have years of championship contention ahead

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and DeMarcus Cousins gone and Klay Thompson recovering from a torn ACL, many have already poured dirt on the Warriors' grave.

We already know Thompson believes those people are, well "ignorant."

The five-time defending Western Conference champions still have Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Thompson when he returns from injury. The Dubs also acquired 23-year-old All-Star D'Angelo Russell in the sign-and-trade that sent Durant to the Brooklyn Nets. So, perhaps the funeral for the Warriors was a tad premature. 

If rumors of the Warriors' demise have been greatly exaggerated, how long does this core have to be true championship contenders? Thompson believes the future remains very bright for the Bay Area's favorite sons.

"Our management does a great job of finding guys who fit our system," Thompson told ESPN's Cari Champion. "We'll carve out a nice role for them. I'm excited. I still think we have five great years ahead of us. Maybe even longer. So I would not count us out. Not this year, the next year or the year after that."

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With an array of talent and a championship pedigree, there's no reason to scoff at Thompson's proclamation.

As long as Curry, Green and Russell can tread water until Thompson returns from his injury, the Warriors should be right in the thick of the newly revamped Western Conference.

Dead the dynasty might not be.

Warriors star Steph Curry says winning third NBA MVP 'would be special'

Warriors star Steph Curry says winning third NBA MVP 'would be special'

The last player to win at least three NBA MVP awards was LeBron James when he took home the trophy for a fourth time in the 2012-13 season. 

Steph Curry is ready to add to his trophy case. The Warriors' start point guard came up short in his attempt to three-peat as a champion last season, but he has a third MVP on his mind this year.

"At the end of the day, winning an MVP would be special," Curry said Tuesday to ESPN's Rachel Nichols on "The Jump." "And it's something that -- I've experienced before and would love to experience again.

"I'd love to push the envelope and push the limits a little bit."

Curry averaged 23.8 points and 7.7 assists per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the 3-point line in his first of two MVP seasons. He's averaged more points per game in every season since, and his 27.3 points per game last season were the second-highest of his career. 

With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson out for several months with a torn ACL, Curry is expected to see plenty of shots and could put up huge numbers. Curry was seen putting up shots late Monday night at the Warriors practice facility in San Francisco and seems locked in on silencing the Dubs' doubters. 

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"I always say, I'm playing like I'm the best player on the floor no matter what the situation is," Curry said to Nichols. "That's my mentality. It might not mean I'm taking every shot, but that's the aggressiveness that I need to play with and the confidence I need to have." 

This will be a whole different Warriors team than in past years, but it could also be the return of MVP Steph.

Warriors unveil pristine Biofreeze Performance Center at Chase Center

Warriors unveil pristine Biofreeze Performance Center at Chase Center

Chase Center is an incredible, state-of-the-art building with all the bells and whistles.

The Warriors are preparing to open their first season in San Francisco, and the unveiling of all Chase Center has to offer already has begun.

It continued Wednesday when the Warriors announced the Biofreeze Performance Center at Chase Center, complete with photos to make your jaw drop.

The brilliant building comes with two full-size basketball courts, six hoops, a 4,000-square foot weight room, a sauna, a theater, a cryochamber, barbershop, kombucha bar and nap pods to boot.