The Warriors are the defending champions and return their entire core in 2015-16.
Yet they aren't the favorites to win the title.
They don't even have the best odds of winning the Western Conference.
According to Bovada.lv, the Cavs (11/4) and Spurs (3/1) are the favorites, followed by the Warriors at 5/1.
This doesn't sit well with Draymond Green.
“I mean, I definitely think there is some disrespect going on," Green recently told Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com. "But at the end of the day, there will never be an asterisk next to our title in the record books, so it is what it is. And we don’t need any more motivation. We want to repeat, because the feeling of winning that championship was too good."
Back in early July, Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving said Cleveland "would definitely have won an NBA championship if we had everyone healthy."
Charles Barkley echoed those thoughts a week later, and sure sounded like he thinks the Spurs (by adding LaMarcus Aldridge and David West) are in prime position to get back to the Finals.
"We don’t need anybody to say, ‘Oh, Cleveland is healthy!’ or, ‘The Spurs have done this and that!’ It is what it is," Draymond said. "That’s the NBA. People make moves and people get hurt – that’s the game we play. At the end of the day, it is what it is, but that’s not going to motivate us because we were already motivated and we are looking forward to defending our title and trying to win another.”
Green, who signed a 5-year, $82 million extension this offseason, recently donated $3.1 million to his alma mater, Michigan State.