It'd be hard to debate that the Golden State Warriors are now the best on-paper team in NBA history. When you consider they had the best regular season in league history last year, kept their top core intact, and added an in-his-prime former MVP, Kevin Durant—yeah, they're loaded.
Stephen Curry isn't getting ahead of himself, though. He knows this is the NBA, and super-teams have failed before. The 2010-11 Miami Heat, who fell to the Mavericks in the NBA Finals, are one recent example.
"Just because we have KD, because the guys we have on the roster — we do have one of the most talented rosters in the NBA — but that doesn’t mean we’re just going to blow everybody out," Curry told Mercury News. "It’s not like CYO, where you roll the ball out and the most talented team wins. We’re going to have to work. We’re going to have to play well. Nothing will be given to us. We’re not going to go 82-0 and blow everybody out. We are going to be challenged."
Nothing will be handed to them, sure, but does Curry really believe they'll be challenged? Well, if he learned anything from this year, it's probably that even if you're the most talented team in the league, everything can go wrong in the playoffs. So yeah, he probably does expect some real competition.
Another interesting portion of the interview: Curry on how he and his teammates pitched Durant.
"We were just ourselves," he said. "All we did was pretty much talk ... we just told him to do what is best for you. We wanted him, that’s why we were all there. But we wanted him to do what was best for him. At the end of the day, he made a decision that he thought was best for him."
Clearly it worked. During Durant's introductory press conference Thursday, he kept alluding to the Warriors' "natural" chemistry and how he wanted to be a part of it.
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