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Forget breaking up the Warriors, the NBA commissioner wants more teams like them

Forget breaking up the Warriors, the NBA commissioner wants more teams like them
Published On: Wed, Jun 14
Apr 25, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) fouls Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver does not want to break up the Golden State Warriors. He just wants the rest of the league to catch up to them.

The Warriors stormed to an NBA championship with a 16-1 record, one year after winning a record 73 games in the regular season. They have a nucleus of players in their prime outwardly committed to staying together in the Bay Area. They are head and shoulders above the rest of the league, and appear set up to remain so for years to come. There are the Warriors, and then there are 29 other teams.

Such dominance cuts against the leagues hope of competitive balance, which it has tried " and largely failed " to achieve through collectively bargained measures since 2011. Golden State played exciting basketball, but its games rarely provided competitive drama.

Silver, though, took no issue with the construction or quality of the Warriors. He expects other franchises to keep up.

Rather than focusing on the top of the league, we should be focusing on the rest of the league, Silver told The Post before Game 4. Rather than talking about how to break up or knock down a championship-caliber team, my focus should be on how we do a better job developing more great players in this league.

Silver pointed out that the Warriors had succeeded through savvy drafting and player development before signing Kevin Durant, who became NBA Finals MVP. They chose Draymond Green with the 35th pick, Klay Thompson at No. 11 and Steph Curry seventh. Signing Curry to an extension early in his career allowed them the flexibility to keep their nucleus together with key role players.

And yes, an incredible free agent was added to that squad, Silver said. All the focus seems to be on, Theyre too good as opposed to, What is it we should be doing to create more great teams in this league? Thats what my response is.

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