Former Golden State Warriors' General Manager Bob Myers still has faith in his former team despite a disappointing 10-12 start to the season.
The Warriors' inability to close games was again at the forefront of Friday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, with the visitors losing in overtime after holding a three-point lead with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation.
Bob Myers still believes the Golden State Warriors can be a playoff threat given the lack of dominant teams in the Western Conference
Myers was a regular on ESPN's coverage of the inaugural In-Season Tournament in Las Vegas, with the Los Angeles Lakers crowned champions on Saturday night. The two-time Executive of the Year was on the receiving end of some trolling over the Warriors' form this season, including from NBA legend Charles Barkley who credited Myers for "jumping off the titanic before it sunk."
But while opposing fans and analysts scramble to call the end of the Golden State dynasty, Myers believes "it's fine" and that there's still plenty of time for the franchise to turn things around.
""The good news for the Warriors is they're beating themselves...There's no dominant teams, if there in a series right now and you've got Steph Curry and they figure it out, they can beat teams. They're too good and too mature and too accomplished to give away games," Myers said."
The Warriors 138-136 loss to the Thunder on Friday marked their sixth loss by four points or less, which doesn't include another overtime loss against OKC on November 18. Golden State have been in prime position to win the majority of those games, yet have been unable to manage the big moments despite their experience.
The Warriors aren't the only previously fancied team to have begun the season in disapointing fashion. The reigning champion Denver Nuggets and pacific rival Phoenix Suns remain prominent in title favoritism, but are 14-9 and 12-10 on the season respectively.
After trading for James Harden earlier in the season, the LA Clippers are 11-10 which includes a 1-1 record against Golden State. Instead, it's been the Minnesota Timberwolves, Thunder and Dallas Mavericks who've taken the leap, currently occupying the top three spots in the conference.
Myers is right -- with Curry still playing at an MVP-level, there'd be few if any teams that the Warriors will genuinely fear. There's still plenty of work to do to even get a playoff series though, with the West providing very little in the way of easy victories.