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GM on Warriors turnaround: “Sense of desperation has passed”

May 20, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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Just three seasons ago, the Golden State Warriors were a 26-win team with Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette as their two leading scorers — this was a team in need of a radical overhaul.

Enter new ownership willing to invest in winning, new players to go with then rookie Stephen Curry, a new coach in Mark Jackson who got the team to believe in themselves — and after a few playoff wins things feel a lot different in the Bay Area.

Reports out of the Monday exit interviews in Golden State is that there were more smiles than you normally see at the end of the season — they realize they are a team on the rise, a team taking its first steps. And while those steps get harder, GM Bob Myers and coach Jackson rightfully struck an optimistic tone speaking with the media (via the AP):

“I think that sense of desperation has passed,” Myers said. “I think that whereas when you’re trying to do anything to get over the hump you do sometimes chase things that may be difficult to acquire. Whereas now, doesn’t mean we’re satisfied, it doesn’t mean we think our work is through, but we can be prudent and patient with opportunities as they come along….

“People do enjoy watching this group of players play. They do enjoy watching our games on TV and seeing what the crowd brings. They do enjoy watching our coaches get the most out of the players we have. What does that say? Well, if you’re a player in the NBA and you’re witnessing all these things, it does make it a desirable place to go and be a part of.”

Golden State’s core will be back next season, only a couple changes are likely. Jarrett Jack is a free agent, but the Warriors will get Brandon Rush back from injury. The more interesting question is Carl Landry, who is expected to opt out of his $4 million deal and we will see what the market will offer — and how much Golden State will pay to keep him.

But mostly the Warriors are a young team that should be better next season — Curry and Klay Thompson should improve with age, as will Harrison Barnes. Andrew Bogut should be healthier as will David Lee. This is a team on the rise.

And while the steps left to being a contender are not easy, Golden State has to feel pretty good about its position right now.

  1. vikes69 - May 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    dwight howard

    • adoombray - May 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Andrew Bogut (who was a monster in the playoffs, and I wouldnt believe it either if I didn’t see it with my own eyes).

      Please, let’s not do the “Howard to ANYWHERE” thing. PLEASE. It’s going to be a long enough offseason as it is.

      • divan22 - May 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        Bogut had some good moments in the playoffs but he was complete trash at times as well, including Game 6 vs San Antonio. And I’m a Warriors fan.

        Just don’t know if the guy will ever be 100% again.

      • adoombray - May 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        the point is the warriors have already made a huge committment to Bogut and Howard would be redundant. This isnt the NFL where you can just cut a bad contract. Bogut is the guy in Oakland like it or not.

  2. xrateplaya - May 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Lakers sign Howard and trade him for curry..we’ll throw in Blake and get that festis guy

    • logisticalvoices - May 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Great, another wonderful Lakers dream trade! I pray you are a troll and don’t really believe what you just wrote.

      But, you’re probably being serious.

      • erckle31 - May 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        I’m a Laker fan here, and that’s an absolutely stupid trade. I know Curry’s a potential superstar in the making…but I just don’t trust his ankles. Hate all you want, but a healthy Dwight is better than 95% of the league, people are too quick to forget how unstoppable he was just a couple seasons ago.

  3. sportsnut101 - May 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Warriors gonna need jack more then Carl. He just plays well off the bench

    • psung26 - May 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Rush can’t replace what Jack is to that team. Great backcourt chemistry with Curry, Klay, and JJ.

  4. funktron2x - May 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    As this Spurs fan has been saying for days now… glass we got post them this time. Not looking forward to future encounters, lol. Love this Warriors team. good luck to them going forward.

  5. funktron2x - May 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    :-( Glad, that is.

  6. xrateplaya - May 20, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    @logistical how is that not an accurate trade..good big men like Howard is hard to come by..if anything you guys luck out with this not us

    • rushbacker - May 21, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Baha! Laker fanbois are such a punchline.

  7. casualcommenter - May 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    “Jarrett Jack is a free agent, but the Warriors will get Brandon Rush back from injury.”
    Jack is a great backup ball-handler whose elite shooting ability (especially from midrange) means he can complement either Curry or Thompson. Also, when you factor in Curry’s injury history, a top-notch backup PG is a must.

    “The more interesting question is Carl Landry, who is expected to opt out of his $4 million deal and we will see what the market will offer — and how much Golden State will pay to keep him.”
    Landry probably will be priced out of the Warriors’ reach. However, they do have young guys like Harrison Barnes to make up for that lost production (and Barnes was effective as a small-ball power forward at times in the playoffs after David Lee’s injury).

    “But mostly the Warriors are a young team that should be better next season — Curry and Klay Thompson should improve with age, as will Harrison Barnes.”

    Agreed. Health is the only concern (specifically with Curry) with those 3 guys.

    “Andrew Bogut should be healthier as will David Lee. This is a team on the rise.”
    I don’t know if Bogut will ever be fully healthy. I hope he is – he makes the team far more formidable defensively. Lee is a liability defensively but is a great rebounder, scorer, and passer.

    And the best news is that big contracts like Richard Jefferson and Andris Bierdens come off the books after just 1 more year. If the owner is smart, he’ll “suck it up” and pay the luxury tax for 1 year knowing he’ll get $20 million in cap relief once Jefferson and Bierdens finish their current deals, meaning he’ll for sure avoid the killer “repeater” tax penalties.

  8. benning89 - May 21, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    I’m not a huge BBall fan, as I concentrated on football & partying in HS. With that said, I find this Warriors team to be fascinating for even the most casual fan. Their brand is exciting and addictive.

    I only hope that they continue to develop and eventually win a title, as they would make everybody proud.

    WE ARE WARRIORS!

  9. skinsfanwill - May 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Jack can go. He had his moments, but he is far easier to replace than Landry is. Landry brought solid play every time he stepped out on the court. For every good game Jack had, he had at least 5 turnovers to go along with it. His decision making was horrible most of the time.

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