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Warriors GM Bob Myers: 'We didn't set out to create a Super Team'

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Warriors GM Bob Myers: 'We didn't set out to create a Super Team'

The phrase "Super Team" is rolled out left and right in the NBA and the current lead example is the defending champion Golden State Warriors. 

"We didn't set out to create a Super Team," Warriors GM Bob Myers said Tuesday night on NBA TV. "Five years ago, we were looking up at Miami, the Lakers, Spurs or whoever. You don't quit. What can you do? You try to do it the best you can and compete and build and hopefully every decision you make makes you incrementally better, whether it's five perent, 10." 

After defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference Finals in the 2015-16 season, and then losing in seven games of the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors signed Thunder star Kevin Durant. Many deemed the Warriors to be unfair as the NBA's next Super Team adding Durant to the likes of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, etc. 

But the Warriors drafted Curry, Thompson and Green, and Myers knows that's where the process to greatness truly starts. 

"For us, it was I inherited Steph Curry from when I showed up," Myers continued. "You draft Klay Thompson, you say, 'Well that makes us a little better.' You make a trade that makes us a little better. We got fortunate that Iguodala wanted to come on board. Now we're a little better. You grab a couple vets. You put yourself in position in the draft and get lucky and get a Draymond Green. And then Durant was completely unexpected."

Myers won't comment on if Super Teams are good or bad for the NBA, but he knows firsthand that they don't happen overnight and every front office is out looking to do the same thing eventually. 

"Whether it's good or bad, I don't know," Myers said. "I think all of us understand the moves we make four years ago, five years ago, three years ago, lead to now. When LeBron and Bosh came (to Miami), it's because they drafted Wade and he was so good and won a championship. He loved that culture so much that he went out to LeBron and Bosh and said, 'C'mon man, this is the place to come.' 

"So the decision to draft Dwyane Wade was the pivotal decision. ...The decisions we make years prior, lead us to where we are today. Somebody's making decisions right now that are going to be impactful three, four years from now and that person's gonna be sitting here." 

‘01 Lakers vs ‘18 Warriors: Who you got?

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‘01 Lakers vs ‘18 Warriors: Who you got?

The 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers went 56-26 in the regular season in defense of the previous season's championship. But the team, led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, stormed through the playoffs, and lost just once en route to a second straight title.

"I'll take that '01 [Lakers] team against anybody in the history of the game," Bryant told Alex Kennedy of the HoopsHype Podcast last week. "Any team."

But what about another back-to-back champion? We're talking about the 2017-18 Golden State Warriors.

‘01 Lakers vs ‘18 Warriors. Who you got?

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This year's Warriors had a similar regular season (58-24), but posted a better offensive rating (113.6) and defensive rating (107.7) than their purple-and-gold counterparts from the start of the century, all while averaging about eight additional possessions per 48 minutes. Golden State shot better from the field (50.3 percent), from beyond the arc (39.7 percent) than Bryant's second title team, but Los Angeles did a better job limiting opponents in both areas. 

We'll never truly know without a time machine that could fit the Warriors' roster, but the current title-holders would have been a heck of a matchup for that Lakers squad.

Who would you pick? Sound off in the comments.

 

Does Kevin Durant sign with Warriors if they win 2016 title? Lacob 'can't say for sure, but...'

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Does Kevin Durant sign with Warriors if they win 2016 title? Lacob 'can't say for sure, but...'

The Warriors did not win the championship in 2016.

It turns out that blowing a 3-1 lead in the Finals may have been a good thing after all.

If the Warriors win the title that year, does Kevin Durant sign with Golden State?

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"I can't say for sure but I do not think he would be on the Warriors," Joe Lacob said on 95.7 The Game on Monday. "If we had won, it just would have been too difficult for him probably -- and I can't say this for sure -- to make that decision. 

"As it is, he got criticized for going to a 73-win team, even though we did not win. That's the way it is. And the players, they listen to all this stuff, too."

Lacob and Draymond are on the same page.

During the 2017 Finals, Draymond told ESPN's Zach Lowe:

"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him. There are silver linings to everything."

In Game 7 of the 2016 Finals, the score was tied at 89 with about 4:40 remaining.

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"At that exact moment when it was happening ... I remember saying to myself, 'I'm not gonna worry about this, but if we win we win, if we lose -- I'm going after Kevin Durant," Lacob said on Monday as he began laughing.

The Warriors did not score another point and lost 93-89.

So Lacob went after Durant and got him...

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