NBA 2022 Draft: Adam Silver shouts Warriors at the opening, fans boo

Boos rained on Thursday at the Barclays Center as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke about the Warriors in his keynote address to the NBA 2022 Draft.

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

But then Silver turned to how the Warriors built their dynasty: through the lever.

“A lot has changed in our country and around the world in the three years since the Warriors were last in the final,” said Silver. “But what has remained the same is the core of that Warriors team. That core was built through the draft. Steph chose no. 7, Klay the n. 11, Draymond chose no. 35, which undermines tonight’s significance for teams as they try to assemble their own league rosters. “

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

The race for the championship this season was only made possible thanks to the stability of having those three on the roster.

As for maintaining a league roster, Silver faced the problem of teams like the Warriors paying a skyrocketing luxury tax to keep the players they had enlisted.

Golden State has paid a record $ 170 million in luxury taxes this season. With key role players like Gary Payton II and Kevon Looney hitting free will and potential contract extensions looming for Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, that number is likely to rise again.

Silver told NBATV Thursday prior to the draft that the luxury tax system is set up for a reason and that he doesn’t see it as a “penalty” on successful teams.

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

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Silver indicated that he makes sure all NBA teams have a chance to be competitive. This means sharing talent, both through free will and through the draft.

“Even the very idea of ​​a draft, you’re taking one of the worst performing teams, and the partners are coming together and say let’s give them one of the best upcoming players in the league,” said Silver. “So that’s what the championship is all about. It’s not like there are 30 independent teams, all separately competing 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, maybe some bad luck for the Warriors. But they will gladly accept luxury tax issues in exchange for a championship. And clearly, as the commissioner told the basketball world on Thursday, the Golden State front office has done almost everything well over the past decade, starting with making smart draft picks.

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