Nov 6, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) plays tight defense on Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) as he attempts to drive to the basket in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors' Whirlwind Offseason Shows Team's Relevance

It’s been one of the most interesting offseasons in the history of the Golden State Warriors.

From the controversial firing of Mark Jackson to the surprising hiring of Steve Kerr and the Kevin Love trade that wasn’t, the Warriors’ front office has treated us to quite a whirlwind of a past couple months.

Sure, there have been intriguing offseasons before in recent memory, but those were “intriguing” in the sense that they were awful moves. Just off the top of my head: overpaying Derek Fisher, overpaying Corey freakin’ Maggette, nearly overpaying Elton Brand (and they would have had the Sixers not saved them), Monta Ellis messing around on a moped, and nearly trading Stephen Curry for Amar’e Stoudemire on draft night (thank you, Chris Mullin).

Oh, and also Keith Smart. And Mike Montgomery.

But this offseason is different. The Warriors are a good, legitimate team, not what they were in the past — a time when we had to endure Adonal Foyle missing the backboard from five feet (by the way, the five Warriors on the court during that video were Fisher, Foyle, Mike Dunleavy, Mickael Pietrus and Troy Murphy, with a cameo by draft bust Ike Diogu. Good times, good times).

Right now, the Warriors’ stock is skyrocketing, their national spotlight soaring with Stephen Curry rising into a superstar and Klay Thompson being put in the same conversations with “Kevin Love” and “max contract.”

Which is what has made this offseason so interesting, especially the element of risk. This is a team that won 51 games last season and took a loaded Clippers team to Game 7, yet fired their head coach. Conversely, however, they balked at the opportunity to trade for a top-10 player in Love and create an offensive monster with a Curry-Love combo.

Both of these moves (or non-moves) have been scrutinized profusely because the Warriors actually matter now. This is not the Chris Cohan-led Warriors who would just sign any overrated, overpaid veteran, draft a bust, play another lost season, and rinse and repeat next year. This is now a team that must be prudent and cognizant, aware that one bad move can send the franchise back into its former state, a state of purgatory and endless torture.

So please, no more Adonal Foyle missing the backboard, and please no more Andris Biedrins clanking free throws. Those days are over; what the Warriors do now is relevant for a good reason, and it would behoove Bob Myers and Co. to keep it that way.

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