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How Dwight Howard to Lakers doesn't affect Warriors

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How Dwight Howard to Lakers doesn't affect Warriors

The Los Angeles Lakers get Dwight Howard, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon.

The Denver Nuggets get Andre Iguodala.

The Philadelphia 76ers get Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson. Yes, that Jason Richardson.

The Orlando Magic get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and protected first round picks from Los Angeles, Denver and Philadelphia in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

And thats when you know youve either made it in the NBA or are hopelessly screwed when you have to bring in a lot of partners either to get or shed a player.

The multi-team deal, though, never happens to the Warriors. They either never have anyone someone covets beyond all reason, are poised to challenge for a title, or need to bottom out and start again.

Indeed, it is the story of the Warriors, stuck in an amorphous and dull sub-middle because in their history, theyve only been involved in one multi-team ever 20 years ago next month. And heres that blockbuster:

The Dallas Mavericks got Rodney McCray from the Warriors.

The Chicago Bulls got two conditional second-round draft picks from Dallas.

And the Warriors got Byron Houston.

Byron Houston. Let that one roll around in your head awhile.

I mean, it violates the spirit of the multi-team deal, in that McCray was at the end of his career, Houston played for three teams in four years and averaged 10 minutes per game, and the Bulls extra picks resulted in no NBA players.

It was the antithesis of the blockbuster. In that way, it was so perfectly Warrioresque, just as the fact that they hadnt been involved in a multi-team before or since is equally Warriortastic.

They are in no position to do such a deal now, as theyve just reconstructed their team again, this time around Andrew Bogut. Bogut is the person who is being asked to make the Warriors relevant enough to be asked to be a multi-team deal down the road, but you have to walk before you can conference call.

As for how the trade that did happen impacts the Warriors, well, it doesnt. The Lakers, who were better than them , got slightly better. The Nuggets, who were better than the Warriors as well, got slightly better.

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Now if the deal had involved Dallas, or Utah, or Phoenix, or Portland, or Houston, or Minnesota, then this would matter to Warrior fans. Those are the teams the Warriors need to pass to get from 28 wins (the equivalent in 82 games of the 23 they won 66) to 48 and become a playoff team.

Or go from 28 wins to 15, and have to back up the truck yet again.

But being the relentlessly local optimist that I am, lets all keep the happy thought instead. The point is, this trade didnt materially affect the Warriors except the eight games they play the Lakers or Nuggets, or the four times they play the Sixers or freshly expansionist Magic.

But some day, theyll be big kids too, and be part of one of those multi-piece headbanging trades that get rumored forever and then happen in a flash, with big names going hither and yon in a seeming blur.

They just need to get a big name.

New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

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New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

After six years as an Executive Board member for the Warriors, Jerry West unexpectedly departed in June. He took an advisory role with the division rival Clippers.

It was a curious move for the 79-year-old. Leave the defending champs for a team in turmoil?

On Monday, the former Lakers legend and Hall of Famer talked about his move south an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami.

"Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there.

But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper."

West then explains why he's not with the Warriors anymore.

"It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right."

West won one NBA title as a player and has eight as an executive, including two with the Warriors.

The Clippers, along with West, get their first look at the defending champion Warriors on Monday, Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.

Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

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Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

It's been a pretty good run for the Warriors over the last three seasons:

- 2014-15 = 67-15, NBA champions
- 2015-16 = 73-9, NBA runner-up
- 2016-17 = 67-15, NBA champions

And Steve Kerr is on record saying that his team will be even better in 2017-18.

The Warriors' head coach recently sat down with Scott Ostler of The San Francisco Chronicle and explained why he isn't concerned about the upcoming campaign.

“Ultimately, we’re in a great spot. Our guys are happy, they’re doing their thing. There’s no need for much drama. The most impressive thing with our guys is, people talk about Pat Riley’s book and what he calls ‘the disease of me,’ where you win a championship and all of a sudden, everyone wants a bigger role, more money, whatever.

“I think that is sort of human nature, to want more. But our guys I think, have a genuine awareness that they’re getting all that through winning. More is coming their way individually as a result of the team’s success.

"It takes a really mature perspective to feel that way.”

Nothing exemplifies Kerr's thoughts more than Kevin Durant's financial sacrifice.

[REWIND: Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iguodala or Livingston without Durant]

He could have earned about $34.7 million yet agreed to a $25 million salary for next season to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Golden State replaced Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes with Nick Young, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell.

Otherwise, everybody else is back.

"We have a lot of momentum, and our guys have a comfort level, and obviously, we’re loaded with talent," Kerr told The Chronicle. "It’s fun to think about the season, think about where we can get better, players we can add. That’s what I spend a lot of my time down here doing, just thinking about what’s next for us.

“But I don’t worry at all about us being successful; I don’t worry about anybody’s ego getting in the way.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller