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Report: Other teams complaining about Warriors’ spending

Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Co-Executive Chairmen of the Golden State Warriors Joe Lacob (2nd from L), Peter Guber (2nd from R) and musician Lionel Richie (3rd from R) look on during the first quarter of Game Five of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center on May 26, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The Warriors will pay a record $170 million in luxury tax this season.

They sound ready to spend even more in coming seasons.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

rivals are already grumbling about Golden State’s competitive spending advantage, sources say.

This is pure envy.

It’s coming from competitive people who don’t like losing and rich people not used to getting outspent. But every team is allowed to spend like the Warriors. Other owners have just chosen not to, preferring to use their wealth in other ways. That might be a reasonable decision on their part, but complaining about Golden State is grating.

The NBA has a salary cap to limit spending. The league has luxury-tax and revenue-sharing systems that redistribute money from big-spending, big-market teams to cheaper, smaller-market teams.

If Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber want to accept the penalties that come with ginormous spending, let them.

Golden State is getting such significant backlash in part because the team keeps winning. But though paying the luxury tax is an advantage, it does not ensure success. The Knicks smashed luxury-tax records for years with extremely underwhelming results. The Warriors are doing far more right than just spending.

Which leads to the other reason they’re drawing so much scorn: They’ll tell you about it. They’ll tell you they’re light years ahead. They’ll tell you about their soaring revenue. They’ll tell you about returning to the NBA Finals despite a bold plan to plan for the future.

Those brash statements combined with winning engender resentment.

Other teams can attempt to make the luxury tax and revenue sharing more punitive. They could even attempt to implement a league-wide hard cap, though that has been a non-starter with the players’ union.

But, again, the system is already set up to curb spending unless a team is really willing to pay luxury-tax and revenue-sharing penalties. Golden State is willing.

So, these complaints really sound like sour grapes.