General manager Bob Myers personified the comfortable disposition of the Warriors. Relaxed in his gray suit, no tie, his shirt suavely unbuttoned, he reclined in a chair and breezed through questions from the local media.
"We're not in the period of desperation," Myers said Monday. "We have a core we like and are confident that (it) can win."
This is unfamiliar ground for the Warriors. Usually the franchise is explaining away another losing season, pinning their hopes on pipe dream blockbuster trades and free-agent coups and banking on their own young, flawed players.
But this offseason is different. The Warriors are coming off their best postseason showing in 36 years. They have a star in Stephen Curry who appears to be approaching the NBA elite. They have a crew of young players who look more promising than flawed. And with the prospects of a healthy Andrew Bogut in the middle, defense is looking more like a possible calling card than a utopian suggestion.
One of the youngest teams in the playoffs, the Warriors don't need to look outward to get better.
"We were more than capable," coach Mark Jackson said when asked if his team was a serious contender. "I don't look at any team and think we couldn't beat them. I don't think we're far at all. But we've got to continue to build."
That doesn't mean Myers & Co. will not look to make moves. Co-owner Joe Lacob once pined for the Warriors to get in the mix with the big names. They were willing to throw in the kitchen sink in pursuit of Dwight Howard. They considered trading for Chris Paul without him agreeing to a contract extension.