Golden State Warriors: Five Steps to Build a Championship Contender

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Golden State Warriors: Five Steps to Build a Championship Contender
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You probably know what's coming.

"The Warriors need to get rid of Andris Biedrins contract. They need to re-sign Dominic McGuire and let Nate Robinson go. They need to trade Dorell Wright. Fire Mark Jackson. Keep Mark Jackson."

You also probably want to skip through the slides quickly and move on, or tell me why I'm an idiot and then move on.

Finally, you probably disagree with the premise. Warriors? Championship contender? What are they going to do, start a bounty program? Drop down to the D-League?

So I'll keep this intro brief: The Golden State Warriors are at a crossroads right now.

I know, they're almost always at a crossroads. But for the first time in years—and the second time in decades—they have an actual chance to move up the road. The foundation is there, and the timing is right.

The balance of power is slowly but surely shifting to the East, as it was inevitably going to. These things change. Some of the West's current top teams will fade due to age over the next few seasons. The Warriors have a new coach, new players and new plans. If it all lines up right, they could be fighting for Western Conference supremacy in three seasons.

If it all lines up right.

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