Warriors Joe Lacob and Bob Myers discuss a two-schedule plan that resulted in the tournament

BOSTON – Bob Myers, barefoot with a bottle of champagne filled with Michaelope Ultra, settled on a court-side chair near the visitor’s seat at TD Garden. This was about an hour later the Warriors He received a fourth title on the parquet floor. A minute earlier, Myers poured a splash of beer near the free-throw line. Cigar smoke filled the air. The arena turned into a heart attack.

Parties like this turn into a time of reflection. Conversations turn into pivotal moments of the ascent. Myers’ mind was directed toward last year’s draft. The Warriors had valuable lottery picks, established stars who preferred the help of a veteran and coach who didn’t mind picking any additional starters with the current mission in mind. trade? Reach an older potential customer?

Myers, Joe Lacobe, and the front office went to the tween teen with the two choices – Jonathan Kuminga at number 7, Moses Modi At No. 14 – the highest statement to date, while financially dedicated to steve curry For the present, they also kept protecting the future. It was a commitment to the plan of the two timelines that came to define the season. Can they win now and evolve now?

“No matter who we drafted, we didn’t think it would be a reason to win the championship or not,” Myers said. athlete. “So we thought, let’s just pick the best players that were on the board. A lot of people wanted us to trade them for a star. It wasn’t said in the context of ‘I told you so,’ but we thought Andrew Wiggins can fill this role. We did. Not many people do. But we wanted to see him in the role of the fourth man.”

The day after the draft, at Kuminga and Moody’s introductory press conference, Lakobe – at introductory interview with athlete – She resisted the idea that by using the shots rather than trading them, the Warriors were sacrificing Curry’s last best chance of the tournament. He thought the current roster had enough to win it over.

“If we can’t, take a look at Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Steve Curry and Klay Thompson And the Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins and they say you weren’t good enough, ‘Lacop then said. “You pay all that money, and you weren’t good enough. They have to be good enough, and they have to be. They’ve won before. They’re a little bit older, but they’re still truly Good. Clay will be back. This is the key. I think we’ll be good enough. yes.”

Late night fog on it Celtics Earthly – having absorbed the full impact of Thompson’s return and Jordan PaulWiggins’ appearance, Curry’s offensive combination and Green’s defense – it’s easier to look back and write the path. But when Lacobe affirmed that confidence last July, it was an unpopular opinion.

The Greatest Believers had to end the Warriors in the middle of the conference, an almost fading threat. The biggest skeptics have pushed them out of the cut-off.

“They were in doubt,” said Lacope, who was wearing a champagne-drenched T-shirt. the athlete. But these guys are not 40 years old. We believed in this core. Not many teams have a basic four. Many people say the basic three. I say the basic four. We spend money to do that. Then we complete that team and surround it. I know some people thought we could have done more, and we got another star. But who will we get? Who was available that would make a difference? We didn’t think it was there, and we really wanted to develop these guys and learn from these guys. They have learned. We will be better off as a result in the coming years.”

Wiggins, in retrospect, was the key to the success and win-win of the now-development plan. The 27-year-old bridge was between the two eras. Curry, Thompson and Green needed a high-impact fourth breaker to get back to the top. The outside thought was that Wiggins’ asset-linked salary could be used as a means to obtain this fourth player. But the inner belief was that Wiggins can do it had become this player.

“Sure,” said Lacope. “I’ve said it since day one, and Steve Kerr said the same. He’s a typical winger who just played for a not so good team, maybe he didn’t get the best culture. We thought if I put him in our situation, he might be great. He didn’t have to be 1A. I saw what he did in these qualifiers. It was really cool.”

Wiggins averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 22 playoffs. Take on a leading defensive mission against Luka Donjic In the finals of the Western Conference and Jason Tatum in the NBA Finals, while retaining the least efficient streak. He had great recording nights at tremendous moments. He hit the playoff dunk on Donči. He had 35 rebounds over three games past the Celtics. He was a two-way force worth every penny of his top bar.

“I’m so proud of you,” Lacob told Wiggins, as he passed by his frenetic post-game scene, a Canadian flag draped over Wiggins’ shoulder.

Wiggins’ contract is a symbol of the Warriors’ salary increase. They were always spending on Carrie, Thompson and Greene. The D’Angelo Russell The Sign-and-trade max turned Wiggins was management’s choice to keep the salary slot alive, despite punitive tax penalties, on the belief that they would eventually rise to the top.

“We’re always staying,” Lacob said. “We wouldn’t spend that kind of money on the list if we didn’t think we had a chance of winning. When you think you have a chance to go far and compete for a championship, our belief is that we’re going to do everything we can, using every other dollar. I think a lot of teams can’t. Do it or you won’t. We have great returns. Our business side is very good. We make profits at a great rate, so we can spend more. There is no doubt about it. But we will not do it if we don’t think we have a chance of winning.”

Have warriors bought their way to another title?

“Oh, come on,” said Lacope. “This is a joke; I think it’s ridiculous. All our players are people we’ve drawn or the fewest signings except for one deal (Wiggins). One trade and no free agent beyond the bar. How can you say we bought the title? That’s crazy.”

But there are some clear examples where Lacop’s willingness to spend separates him from most other owners and gives the Warriors a competitive advantage. Look at their fifteenth leg.

Gary Payton II He played 203 minutes into the playoff, and he would have been twice that, at least, had he not electrocuted his elbow in the middle of the race. More than 49 warriors were with him on the ground. He became a vital defensive threat and an overwhelming goal scorer. In most other cases, it would not be financially viable for such an expensive list.

“GP was the 15th guy that cost us $12 million,” Myers said. “That was a discussion. A lot of the owners never did. We went to camp and said we weren’t going to sign with the 15th guy. That’s $12 million. We don’t. It’s not a minimum contract. But Gary was very good. We went to Joe’s. And we said it would cost us $12 million. And I thought we were keeping 14. It’s small decisions. We’re trying to win a championship. We have the payroll that says that. You can’t get payroll like that and not be in this headline conversation. We wanted to see. Whether we will be defeated. Perhaps we will be defeated. But we wanted to give everything we could financially with our resources.”

The Warriors shared a restaurant adjacent to TD Garden until early Friday morning. They will return to the Bay Area around 11 a.m. local time. The show comes Monday in San Francisco. Curry, Thompson, and Greene will enjoy this title in the coming weeks.

But he’s back in the grinding state quickly for Myers, Lakop, and the front office. Thursday draft. Free agency comes a week later. The Warriors has the 28th pick and then several major roster decisions related to veterans. Payton and kevon looney Unrestricted free agents, having just played themselves on bigger paydays. Paul becomes eligible for an extension. Green and Wiggins can come to claim veteran extensions.

“We don’t know what the market will be for our guys,” Myers said. “We will make an effort to keep the team together. It is a good balance between young, old and middle. There is no man we do not like. So, we will try.”

“You have to see what we’re doing,” Lacob added. “We got the recruiting and the free agency. We will form our squad for next year after a lot of discussions in the next couple of weeks. We obviously have a good idea of ​​what we are going to do. We have a big roster. I don’t expect many changes.”

This playoff round, which featured 12 Chase Center matches, reopened the financial portals that help Warriors pay for their roster. It should help retain that core. But aside from remaking it all, Myers and Lakop may have gained some extra confidence with this fourth title and the decisions that led to it.

“Fortunately in our market, people are worried about our team,” Myers said. “We won this game, but 10 games next season, if things don’t go well, you will be with us. I am fortunate to work with a team that people care about so much, but we have to do what we think is right, even in the face of people who are guessing We don’t get everything right, but this worked.”

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