Silver laughs at Jordan's super team comments, defends Warriors

Silver laughs at Jordan's super team comments, defends Warriors

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has come to the Warriors' defense.

Last week, in an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine, all-time great and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan took a shot at the current "super teams" in the NBA.

"I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint. You're going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they're going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment," Jordan told the publication.

On Monday morning, Silver responded to those comments in an interview with Mike and Mike on ESPN.

"I chuckled a little because this notion that maybe the most competitive athlete in the history all of sports is frustrated because his team isn't predicted to win the championship this year. So I take it with a bit of a grain of salt. And also, here's a guy who in his last six full seasons with as a Chicago Bull won the championship. So at the time everybody defined that Bulls team as a "super team." I think there's a recognition that in this sport, with combinations of certain players, they are going to be superior. To me, as I said towards the end of last season, we should celebrate excellence.

"Before we talk about breaking up a truly great team, especially one that was largely built through the draft -- I get it [Kevin] Durant came as a free agent -- but when you have Steph [Curry] as the seventh pick, Klay [Thompson] as the 11th, Draymond [Green] at the 35th pick, Steve Kerr doing an incredible job, Bob Myers as the GM, to me, it raises the bar for all teams in the league and it's something that rather then teams sitting around and saying 'We can't possible compete against the Golden State Warriors,' you'd like to think the collection of the very best players in the world on the 29 other teams would have the Warriors in their sights," Silver said.

The Warriors on Tuesday open the defense of their NBA title against the Rockets. In June, the Warriors rampaged through the postseason, winning the title with a 16-1 record, their only loss coming in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

In an effort to try to knock off the Warriors and Cavs, who have met in three straight NBA Finals, teams such as the Rockets, Thunder, Celtics and Timberwolves all revamped their rosters with blockbuster trades this offseason.

Klay Thompson makes his triumphant return to China

Klay Thompson makes his triumphant return to China

The sequel is rarely as good as its predecessor, but convention goes out the window when China Klay is involved.

That's right, Klay Thompson is back in China this summer. He made his first stop in Beijing on Saturday, and will spend the next seven days in the country. Here's his itinerary:

June 23 -- Beijing
June 25 -- Jinan
June 26 -- Zhengzhou
June 27 -- Taiyuan
June 28 -- Guiyang
June 30 -- Guangzhou

How many shots will he air ball? Will he only eat smoky foods? Two countries await those answers with baited breath. 

During the draft, the Warriors tried to trade up to select Jacob Evans

During the draft, the Warriors tried to trade up to select Jacob Evans

With the 28th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected Jacob Evans.

"When our pick was up, it was clear it was him," Bob Myers told reporters on Thursday night. "There was no debate as far as who we were taking. When it got to us, he was the guy without hesitation."

You could say that the Warriors are lucky to have ended up with Evans.

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The front office nearly executed a trade to ensure they got the Cincinnati product.

"We had a number of guys who we were really interested in, but I think as the draft started to continue to go on, it became pretty apparent to us that a bunch of the other guys that we liked were not going to be there," assistant GM Kirk Lacob said on 95.7 The Game on Friday morning. "We actually at one point tried to trade up to get Jacob -- we were getting a little worried that he wasn't gonna get there -- but we were really happy that he ended up with us."

Golden State also tried to buy a pick early in the second round, but couldn't strike a deal.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller