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The Warriors should take Jake LaRavia in the 2022 NBA Draft

Warriors general manager Bob Myers had his bare feet on the famed parquet floor of the TD Garden in Boston.

Champions can do such a thing.

I spotted Myers from across the court, following the Warriors’ Game 6 win in the 2022 NBA Finals, their fourth championship win in eight years. I had to make a comment on his giddy-up. He was wearing a t-shirt and running shorts, and again, no shoes. Sitting on the Warriors’ bench, talking to another reporter, he was holding a golden chalice and a champagne bottle that was filled with Michelob Ultra.

And yet, in that moment of ultimate satisfaction, his mind went elsewhere:

The NBA Draft.

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It was less than a week away.

The Warriors have a ton of practice at drafting amid the celebration of winning a title. During the peak dynastic years, they once held a draft workout the morning of their parade in Oakland. (Maybe that’s why they drafted Jacob Evans…)

And Myers couldn’t help but laugh at the circumstance. This was a champagne problem — or perhaps a Michelob Ultra problem — but a problem nevertheless. Other teams have been focusing on the draft for weeks, if not months. There are plenty of folks working on the draft for the Warriors year-round, but the Dubs would only have a few days where the whole front office and coaching staff’s heads would be put together on the same thing.

And let’s be real, some of those heads would be nursing hangovers.

So Myers put it to me, right there on the floor in Boston: “Who would you draft?”

Bob, I thought you’d never ask.

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I have been playing fantasy GM for years. This was my moment.

So I told the Warriors’ decision-maker (and assistant general manager Kirk Lacob, who was standing next to me) what I’ll tell you now:

“Take the kid out of Wake Forest, Jake LaRavia.”

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