FIVE KEYS TO THE OFFSEASON
Getting healthy: Golden State has pinned much of its hopes for next season on two players known as much for their injuries as their talent. The Warriors will go only as far as the ankles of center Andrew Bogut and point guard Stephen Curry carry them. So it's vital for those two -- and forward David Lee, who had torn abdominal muscles and abductors surgically repaired Thursday -- to get 100 percent healthy soon enough to come into camp in shape and ready to go.
Get front-line help: The Warriors were out-rebounded by an average of 6.7 per game (30th in the league). They also ranked 23rd in points in the paint (43.1). The addition of Bogut, especially paired with Lee, figures to help. But Golden State needs to add more bodies. "I think we need more size," general manager Bob Myers said. "Bogut will help with that. But we still need off the bench a (power forward) that can rebound consistently."
Nail down fifth starter: Myers said he believes someone among Dorell Wright, Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire could emerge as the starting small forward. The G.M. said it's mostly about how that player would fit with the four projected starters (Curry, Bogut, Lee and Klay Thompson). Rush and McGuire are free agents, and Wright is the Warriors' most valuable expiring contract. "We know we have four (starters) that certainly talentwise separate themselves from anybody else at their
Decide on Curry's backup: The backup point guard is especially vital to the Warriors considering Curry's ankle issues. But Nate Robinson is a free agent and probably not the floor general Golden State needs. Myers said he'll see how much money Robinson demands. Rookie Charles Jenkins has made strides but might not be ready for such big responsibility. Jackson said Jenkins has earned the right to compete for the backup job, but don't be surprised if the Warriors get a proven backup.
Draft wisely: Barring some major moves, the Warriors don't have any cap space and will have only the midlevel exception to sign a free agent. That makes their draft selections imperative.