NBA Draft 2022: Adam Silver Warriors shouted in opening remarks, ‘Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

The Boos rained at Barclays Center on Thursday when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver brought the Warriors on for his opening remarks in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Of course, there was no love lost for the team that had just won their fourth championship in eight years.

But then Silver focused on how warriors built their bloodline: through the draft.

“A lot has changed in our country and in the world in the three years since the Warriors were last in the Finals,” Silver said. “But what has remained the same is the core of the Warriors team. That core was built through the draft. Steph picked No. 7, Klay picked No. 11, Draymond picked No. 35 – undermining tonight’s significance for the teams as they look to compile their championship rosters.”

Wise words for teams looking to build their own version of the Curry-Thompson-Green kernel. The trio was with the Warriors for a decade, leading the franchise to five consecutive NBA Finals from 2015 to 2019 and then again in 2022 after a two-year hiatus.

Running a championship this season was only possible with the stability of having these three on the roster.

As for keeping the roster of leagues together, Silver took up the issue of teams like the Warriors paying a high luxury tax in order to keep the players they recruited.

Golden State paid a record $170 million in luxuries taxes this season. With major players like Gary Payton II and Kevon Looney hitting free agency and potential contract extensions looming for Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins, that number will likely rise even higher.

Silver said on an NBATV show before the draft was released Thursday that the luxury tax system was created for a reason, and that it’s not seen as a “punishment” for successful teams.

“The system is designed to help teams retain drafted players, and they have a huge advantage in doing so,” Silver said. “And in this case, the Golden State has been able to keep it but pay a high luxury tax in order to do so. But it is about finding the right balance.”

RELATED: Myers ignores ‘grumbles’ about Warriors spending feature

Silver noted making sure all NBA teams had a chance to be competitive. This means sharing talent, whether it’s through free agency or recruiting.

“Even the idea of ​​recruiting, you take one of the poorest performing teams, and the partners come together and say let’s give them one of the next best players in the league,” Silver said. “This is what makes a league. It’s not like 30 independent teams are all competing separately with each other. The goal is to create the best competition and sometimes creating the best competition means sharing the best talent across the league.”

In other words, the warriors might have little luck. But they would gladly take the luxury tax issues in exchange for the championship. And apparently, as the commissioner told the basketball world on Thursday, the Golden State front office has done just about everything right in the past decade — starting with making smart draft picks.

Download and follow Dubs Talk Podcast

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: