Even with Kevin Durant gone. Even with Klay Thompson hurt. Even with Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone.
Steph Curry had one objective in his mind going into the 2019-20 NBA season: Get to the playoffs, anything can happen.
"If we were to have this conversation back in November, I was still in that championship hunger type of mode," Curry said on the "The Life Podcast" with Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack. "It was just framed around a bunch of new faces, a bunch of young guys, obviously KD leaving ... let's just get to the playoffs and obviously when we get there let's just get Klay back and we know what type of team we're gonna be, and we're gonna be a hard out and we can surprise a lot of people."
It's unclear if the Warriors' season will continue, even with the NBA likely resuming its season next month in Orlando. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that owner Joe Lacob told his fellow team owners that Golden State is "willing" to play if all 30 NBA teams were asked to play. But Wojnarowski also reported, citing sources, that the Warriors have been "far more cool to the idea in private."
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When they are back on the floor, especially next season with a clean slate, Curry says the Warriors will be back in championship mode.
"When we get back, one we're gonna be happy just playing basketball. But two, unbelievably hungry," Curry said. "If you look at myself, Draymond, Klay -- we were there at the beginning of this run and I get to kind of be the elder statesman to recreate it."
The Warriors can roll out a lineup that has Curry, a healthy Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Green, plus a top draft pick and there's the $17.2 million trade exception they received for sending Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies last summer.
To say the least, Curry likes the Warriors' odds of contending for a title once again in the near future.
"You look at the lineup that we could potentially put out there next year, I like it," he said with a smile.