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SACRAMENTO – They've added a sharp new head coach, who is bringing along his offensively gifted associate.
They've added the meticulous defensive guru to ensure nothing falls between the cracks.
They've addressed their weak bench, which now appears to be a legitimate support squad.
The Warriors have nudged and maneuvered and written enough checks that everything is in place to push audacious CEO Joe Lacob ever closer to the winner's circle he so desperately craves.
They may not be championship-ready in 2014-15, but they are equipped to challenge the best.
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The key now is rookie head coach Steve Kerr's ability to meet his biggest challenge: Maintaining the esprit de corps so evident under former coach Mark Jackson.
Lacob replaced Jackson with Kerr in part because he was convinced the locker room had the character and resiliency to overcome the dismissal of a popular leader. Now Kerr has to validate that faith.
Unlikely to touch their souls as deeply as the Rev. Jackson did, Kerr and his crack staff will have to use creativity and craftiness – all while altering the league-wide mentality from one in which players use playing time to measure their value to one in which they use value contribution to cause.
The hope is that everyone will embrace sacrificing self for the good of the team.
"There will probably be different starting lineups throughout the year," Kerr says.
"I'm confident that we're going to consistently play nine, 10 people. I really believe that. But we've got to prove that we can compete over 48 minutes with different combinations to get to that point."
Managing minutes and lineup flexibility come directly from the influence of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Kerr concedes that his guides to coaching were written by Phil Jackson, Lute Olson and Popovich, who is widely regarded as the best in the NBA.
The Spurs, however, are the only team in the league that routinely uses up to 11 or 12 players in their rotation. San Antonio point guard Tony Parker averaged 29.4 minutes per game to lead the team. That total was 95th in the NBA. The system helped deliver a championship.
The Warriors, who had four players averaged at least 32 minutes, may not be ready for such a drastic change. But it's coming. It will be gradual.
Between veteran assistant Ron Adams stressing devotion to defensive tasks, and Kerr and associate head coach Alvin Gentry demanding an abundance of motion and staying in overdrive from tip to horn, the players might even welcome the change.
"If we want to play the way we're talking about playing, getting up and down the floor, you can't do that with seven guys," power forward David Lee says. "That'll work for two months, and then guys will be on life support.
"That's one of the reasons we want to play at tempo because they know we can come at teams in waves. I'm really excited about sharing minutes and sharing the ball and sharing the wealth on both ends. If we do that, we can be a very, very special team."
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Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson represent the league's most dangerous backcourt. Center Andrew Bogut is healthy and eager to defend while also diving into his expanded role on offense. His dormant scoring and underused passing are coming back to life.
"I haven't been part of a team that moves the ball so well in a number of years," he says. "It's very, very exciting."
Yet the most important single adjustment may be that which is being dropped into the lap of Andre Iguodala. The 10th-year veteran who has started each of the 758 games in which he has played, including last year with the Warriors, is being fitted for a role coming off the bench.
"Here's a guy that's basically started every year for 10 years in this league," Gentry says. "This is a new role for him."
Replacing Iguodala in the starting lineup for most of preseason was third-year forward Harrison Barnes. It's not that Barnes has outplayed Iguodala, not even close. But within such a formidable starting lineup, Barnes is an accessory, like a nice scarf or hat. He compliments the outfit.
Iguodala's game, by contrast, is so dynamic and adaptable that it's an outfit unto itself. He's a facilitator, passing or scoring. He has been so superb leading the second unit, it would be risky – and maybe even harmful – to move him back into the starting lineup.
"It doesn't matter to me who I'm playing with," says Iguodala, still processing the change. "I'm going to make anybody better. When I'm out there playing basketball, it's just let me 'do me' and everyone is going to benefit."
With Iguodala leading a bench that includes Draymond Green, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush, the revived Festus Ezeli and Shaun Livingson, once he recovers from toe surgery, there is the potential to win 55 or more games. The Warriors are getting traction as a dark horse Western Conference finalist.
Yes, it depends on health. It always does.
But, mostly, it depends on how successfully the Warriors adjust to the new coaching staff and the changes being implemented.
"They've handled it well so far, and I think they will continue to," Kerr says. "I don't expect them to be happy, but how we handle the sacrifice, individually and collectively, will probably determine how well we do this year."