The Golden State Warriors may have fallen to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, however, they are still looked upon as one of the most dominant forces in the league and the talk of a dynasty goes on in the Bay Area.
The 2015 champions sent shockwaves around the association when they conquered the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' regular season record to end the campaign with 73 victories to their name. However, the sheer superstar power of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving proved irresistible as the Warriors became the first team in history to throw away a 3-1 lead at the final hurdle.
But make no mistake about it, Golden State are stacked. On paper, they have the strongest roster in the NBA and will be planning their assault on a second title in three years once the players return from their holidays.
One man who is still in game mode is Draymond Green. The 2016 All-Star, who came second in the race for Defensive Player of the Year and was top-ten in MVP voting, will be competing in the summer Olympics for Team USA alongside Dubs teammates Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Cavs point guard Irving.
The tournament starts in August, and in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, the forward outlined Golden State's aims for next season, saying regular season records are not what they want - it is championships.
“We’re never going into a season saying that we’re trying to beat 73 wins," he claimed. "Every season, we are trying to win the championship. That’s the goal, and that has always been the goal. We won 73 games and didn’t win a championship this year, so who cares about 73?
"There’s no point in going into the season saying, ‘Hey, can this team beat 73 wins?’ It doesn’t matter. The goal is to win a championship. Every team enters the season with the goal to win the championship, but realistically there are five or six teams with a realistic shot at winning a championship. That will continue to be our goal.”
The Dubs are certainly one of those teams that hold a realistic aim of lifting the Larry O'Brien trophy come June 2017. Lessons will be learnt from the their embarrassing collapse against LeBron and co. and there is no doubting the four-time champions will come back stronger after their defeat.
A number of players under-achieved beyond belief during the series as they were stifled by the style their Eastern Conference opposition deployed, but given the nature of the dressing room at the Oracle Arena, the adversity will only drive the players on to become more successful in the future.
2016/17 is certainly going to be interesting.