I don't figure much in this column. The Warriors made general manager Bob Myers available to the media for an hour Thursday morning. Myers, who often begins an answer with gosh or gee, answered all questions about the state of the team. I share the Q&A with you:
Q: How do you feel about what the Warriors did in the offseason?
A: Hmm. I keep getting asked that. I finally settled on a response which is, ask me at the end of the season. I hope it all fits together. We certainly improved the roster but how it all works is to be determined.
Q: Stephen Curry said this is the most talented Warriors roster he's been part of. Do you agree?
A: Geez. This team is unique for its depth. The players that usually determine your success level are the ones that are out there starting. Come playoff time, you want to have your top five, six, seven guys out there playing the big chunk of minutes.
Note: I take that to mean Myers doesn't know how talented his key players are. That is to be determined.
Q: What does Myers want from this team?
A: I want us to be known as a team that competes night in and night out. I want to look at a group of players that doesn't give an inch. Those are the guys that should play.
Q: What is the status of Andrew Bogut?
A: He's on a schedule. He has not begun five-on-five contact, but that is something we expect to happen in October. He has not experienced any setbacks. If anything we're being cautious and going slow. We are encouraged that things are progressing very well. We're hoping he will be in some preseason games.
Q: Will Bogut be a vocal leader?
A: Oh man, I think what Andrew can bring to this team is a defense-first attitude. Throughout the league he's recognized as an elite defender. That's not something we've had here in the past, so if he can be the voice of the defense and hold other players accountable, that would go a long way for our team.
Q: How good is your starting five?
A: I do think on paper, which means absolutely nothing, there's a lot of complementary pieces. At the end of the season you guys will be able to say, as I will, "Did it work?" Right now, I don't think we're bad on paper. I think we're good on paper. That's better than being bad on paper — it doesn't mean you're good on the court. I'm hoping it does come together.
Q: Fourteen of 15 players under contract are here early for voluntary workouts. Andris Biedrins is not. It's a bad look.
A: Because it's a result-driven business, Andris will be allowed to come in and compete for his position. He's shown he can be an effective player in the NBA, so I'm going to let it play itself out. I'm not going to judge him until we see him in the preseason. You can look at athletes that have had down years and, all of a sudden, they're having a great year. At the end of the year, we'll have a good sense of what he did and what he didn't do, but right now he's on our team and we'll embrace him. He's shown he can hold down the position. Some players have shown they never have been able to be effective in the NBA. So, you have to give him that fair opportunity and see what he can do.