General manager Bob Myers thinks the Golden State Warriors may find the fuel to ignite next season after sitting out during the league’s Orlando restart.
The Golden State Warriors just didn’t have it in them this season. They will end the 2019-2020 season without their last 17 games, playing just 65. Of those 65, the Warriors won a mere 15, therefore losing 50.
As the league suspended play in mid-March, the Warriors were then the only team out of playoff contention. Now, they’ll join seven other teams to make up the eight not involved in the Orlando restart. 22 were invited to the “bubble” to finish the season.
They’ll play eight games then immediately enter a playoff setting, something the Warriors are typically a part of. The Warriors have been to five straight NBA Finals. They’ve created a dynasty that was only halted by injury.
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for five games this season with Draymond Green missing a handful of games as well. The duo each has that many All-Star appearances in the last five seasons prior to this one.
That said, when healthy, Myers believes his team “will feel” not being part of the party.
“But as competitors — when you’re used to being in the playoffs and you’re not part of that party — you feel that. Our guys will feel that. I think they’ll watch some of the playoffs and it will motivate them,” Myers said to 95.7 The Game’s “Joe, Lo & Dibs” show via NBC Sports’ Drew Shiller.
Myers has a point too. While the Dubs, who were led by D’Angelo Russell for the bulk of the season, couldn’t have done too much to right their wrongs, they will have the ability to come back stronger next season.
Expect this team to bounce back strong next season. With two exceptions and their 2020 first-round draft pick at their disposal, the Warriors should improve this coming offseason, potentially building one of the West’s best teams.
The Warriors have the experience, the culture, and the staff to get back to the top. Now, if they can bring the energy, there’s no denying they’ll be knocking on the door of their sixth Finals in seven seasons.