In 1988, Pat Riley published a book entitled Showtime: Inside the Lakers' Breakthrough Season.
One topic he discussed was "The Disease of More," which Riley argued can plague a team trying to win back-to-back titles.
Steve Kerr believes the 2015-16 Warriors will be immune to the disease.
"I'd be surprised if we had any of that 'Disease of More' as Riley called it," Kerr recently said on ESPN's TrueHoop TV Podcast. "We have guys who are just naturally very, very unselfish and they really get along well."
In his book, Riley argued that "success is often the first step toward disaster," because when trying to defend a championship, players will demand more playing time, more shots and/or more money.
"There's always contract stuff, that's an issue every year, guys are in contract years, they want to play," Kerr acknowledged. "I think that's a big part of my job and our coaching staff's job, is to manage that kind of stuff and you do it by just talking to people and communicating."
The Warriors have three players who will be unrestricted free agents next summer, and they are all reserves -- Brandon Rush, Leandro Barbosa and Marreese Speights.
Speights, who averaged 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in just 15.9 minutes per contest, is 28 years old and wants to have a bigger role this season.
“Last year was one of the best years I’ve ever had,” Speights told CSNBayArea.com's Monte Poole over a month ago. “In most every aspect, I was at the top of my game. I was sizzling in some games, coming through big in some games. And, still, at the end of the day, minutes got cut.
“So coming into this year, I’m going to prepare differently so that I’ll come into camp in the best shape I’ve ever been. And hopefully that will give me a chance to get more consistent minutes.”
But don't get it twisted. He won't let playing time interfere with the ultimate prize.
“I’d rather be on a team where I have to sacrifice whatever it takes to win a championship,” Speights said. “Yeah, it might be good to go try to get a lot of money somewhere else, maybe build up a lot of stats. But why not be on a team like this? I’d rather stay in a situation like this and have a chance to win championships."
Two other Warriors players -- Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli -- could hit the market next summer.
If they don't agree to terms on contract extensions before Oct. 31, both players will become restricted free agents on July 1.
Kerr understands the nature of business, but isn't concerned.
So what obstacles might the Warriors face?
"I think the biggest challenge will be harnessing what we just accomplished and using it to our advantage, rather than making it a weakness," Kerr said. "The way it becomes a weakness is if you just rest on your laurels and say, 'All right, we just won the whole thing, we're gonna win it again.' The way it becomes a strength is if you say, 'We won the whole thing because of X, Y and Z, so let's keep doing X, Y and Z every single day and let's keep our edge and keep competing and keep playing hard and let this thing unfold.'"
Andre Iguodala sacrificed last year by coming off the bench so Harrison Barnes could start.
When Golden State went down two games to one in the NBA Finals and Kerr decided to insert Iguodala into the starting lineup (for the first time all season) in place of Andrew Bogut, the Warriors' center didn't stir up any drama.
Even though David Lee is no longer on the team, he handled his demotion and Draymond Green's rise with the utmost professionalism.
The selfless, team-oriented culture is established. The Warriors just want to win.
"That's going to be our approach," Kerr declared. "And because we have the leadership on our team -- with Andre and Steph and Draymond who are just unbelievable competitors -- I don't think that will be a problem."