To be determined. Young. Hungry. Fresh. Those are the words Bob Myers used to describe the revamped Warriors' identity in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on Monday.
Golden State has eight new players on its roster. One of the holdovers, Klay Thompson, is expected to miss a large portion of next season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Consequently, the Warriors' general manager and president of basketball operations is depending on several newcomers to help lead the franchise into a new phase.
In going about renovating the roster, Myers understood it needed an influx of youth -- which is now more feasible, given the lowered expectations.
"When you try to put these things together, a blend of youth and experience is always good," Myers told Burke. "I think we were tilted pretty far in the experience category, but that's sometimes what it takes to win."
Of the eight new players brought in, Alec Burks is the oldest at age 27. For the last several years, the Warriors have been one of the oldest teams in the league based on average age. This coming season, they'll be one of the youngest.
Myers knows that transition is bound to come with consistent growing pains, but ensures the Warriors are prepared for a different kind of season than they've become accustomed to.
"We are going to have to shapeshift in a certain way," Myers said. "We're going to miss Klay -- There's no replacing Klay Thompson. And then it's a lot of new, young guys. Losing Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun [Livingston] also -- the stability, the consistency they bring -- we'll see. But I think we're okay with that. We get it.
"I think everybody is going into it with their eyes wide open, knowing there's going to be more challenges," he continued. "It's not going to be what it was. But there's also an excitement to that. There's a novelty to that. It's all kind of wrapped up -- even the new arena stuff -- it's kind of like it's a new dawn. It's a new era. We're moving forward in a different direction, so let's see what happens."