The Warriors have earned their optimism fair and fervently this time.

So when I asked Stephen Curry on Friday if this franchise has the players to win a championship soon, he didn't need to offer any bit of massaged truth.

"I think so -- I mean, we're young, and we have a great core," Curry said a day after the Warriors' second-round playoff exit. "Obviously it takes a lot of things going right for anybody to win a championship. But I feel like we have the pieces to do it."

Curry said this with the pride and experience of just having taken the San Antonio Spurs to six games.
But as the players trickled into Warriors headquarters for their exit interviews with coach Mark Jackson and general manager Bob Myers, there was an obvious larger truth, too.

As much as it took to lift the Warriors to 47 regular-season victories and that first-round conquering of Denver, it will take more to push them into true title-contention.