Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/27/12

One of Mark Jackson's favorite phrases in his first year as coach of the Golden State Warriors this season was: No excuses.

On his first day following a promotion at season's end, new general manager Bob Myers created a new slogan: No promises.

The worst part about the season, at least in the eyes of Myers, wasn't the club's dismal record. It was the preseason assurances of Jackson and owner Joe Lacob that things would be better.

Much better.

Playoffs? In the wake of a campaign -- the 18th time Golden State has missed the postseason in the past 19 years -- in which the Warriors would have needed to win 57 percent more games to make the playoffs, it's hard to believe one guy, let alone two, would have guaranteed it.

But not next season. Not with Myers, a former player agent, having taken over the GM reins from Larry Riley.

The irony is: The Warriors appear far better off entering the 2012-13 season than they were when Jackson and Lacob got the faithful all fired up last offseason.

For the first time in more than a decade, the Warriors will trot out a legitimate center next season, having acquired Andrew Bogut from the Bucks for Monta Ellis at the trade deadline.

Bogut will team with power forward David Lee and point guard Stephen Curry to give Golden State a three-man nucleus that offers the team the type of versatility it lacked this season.

That's presuming they're healthy, of course. All three had minor surgery -- Lee on torn abdominal and abductor muscles, Curry on his previously surgically repaired right ankle and Bogut on a fractured left ankle -- during the final week of the season, putting them on schedule to begin rehabilitation by mid-summer.

Mix in impressive rookie Klay Thompson along with small forwards Dorell Wright and Richard Jefferson and the Warriors will go to training camp in the fall with -- get this -- a traditional starting five and at least one trustworthy reserve, even before the re-signing of key free agents Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire is considered.

With the possibility of a high first-round draft pick (pending the results of the draft lottery) and enough salary-cap space to go after a mid-range talent, the Warriors are pretty sure they'll at least compete for a playoff spot next season.

But there are no promises.

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