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Jerry West says Warriors need veteran role players

Jerry West

In this photo taken May 24, 2011, Jerry West smiles after being introduced as a new member of the Golden State Warriors basketball club’s Executive Board, during a news conference in San Francisco. West says he has battled depression since childhood, when his father would beat the future Hall of Fame basketball player, causing him low self-esteem that has plagued him despite a successful career as one of the NBA’s biggest influences. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


I feel like every story we right this summer about the Warriors will contain the sentence “If Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut can remain healthy…”

That would make them a lot better (especially defensively with Bogut), but it’s just the first step. The next one is to bring in some veteran role players so they get more production around their stars.

At least that’s what Jerry West told KNBR (as transcribed by the San Francisco Chronicle).

But we need a couple of veteran players on our team ... And I’m not talking about guys that are 35, 36 years old. I’m talking about people that have some life left in them, that can really contribute, and give our coach some players that can do the intangible things a heck of a lot better than some of the players we have. We have the youngest team in the league, I believe - we’re gonna get a little bit younger in the draft this year, but having said that we can’t rely on having the youngest team in the league every year. We have to start producing.

You can see the Warriors being a very improved team next season, a playoff team. There are just a whole lot of “ifs” that have to fall into place for them. Including adding some stable veterans off the bench.