After quite an entertaining summer for the Golden State Warriors, plenty of people believe the Dubs are out of competition for the NBA title next year, but it’s not like that for others, especially the people within the organization.
As a matter of fact, the team’s owner Joe Lacob has a message for everybody who doesn’t think Golden State has a chance to win the title in 2019/20.
“There are nine or 10 teams that legitimately have a shot, or they think they do,” Lacob told NBC Sports Bay Area on Tuesday. “That’s great for the league. And we’re one of those teams.”
They reached the last five NBA Finals without any competition, as the biggest favorites to win everything in the league, but that’s not the case for the upcoming season. Following an offseason full of changes for the Dubs and the rest of the teams in the league, they are no longer considered a top-5 team.
Kevin Durant decided to call it quits with the Warriors and join the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, Andre Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies to make room for D’Angelo Russell, Shaun Livingston was bought out and Klay Thompson will be sidelined for a big chunk of the season. Even though they landed a great player in Russell, the absence of the others will make things difficult for the Warriors.
When they gather to start training next September 30, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney will be the only players who have played more than one season with the organization. Thus, we won’t see them playing as good as they did over the last five years; instead, the first couple of months of competition will be more focused on training and build chemistry instead of winning games.
“By All-Star break, we’re going to see where we are,” Lacob said. “I personally have great faith in our coaching staff and our players. I like any team that has Steph, Klay and Draymond. When you add D’Angelo Russell to that, I’ll take that.
“I don’t know of any other team that has more than two All-Stars, and we have four. From that standpoint, we have a shot to be pretty good by the second half of the year.”
To be fair, what Lacob is saying makes sense. A lot of teams around the league have two stars, but the Warriors have four. Yet, if you check the level of the duos they’re going to face, including Anthony Davis and LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, you have to think twice before claiming that your team is going to be able to beat these monsters.
Still, we have to wait until the season starts to see if Lacob is right with his claims. Contrary to prior years, the Warriors have no pressure, and that might be favorable for them.