Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson jokes that his family's financial future depends on it. General manager Bob Myers turns to inspirational quotes not to dwell on it, and fans and reporters always question it.
For all the moves made and money spent, Golden State's entire season is resting on two surgically repaired ankles recovering - and staying at - full strength through a grueling 82-game schedule.
Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut, a dazzling guard-center combo if healthy, also form a duo that has struggled to stay on the court before it ever came together - and still hasn't really come together yet. Bogut didn't play during the preseason, and Curry sat out the last two exhibitions after he sprained his right ankle again.
There are no playoff predications from Jackson heading into his second year. No scintillating sound bites from the former broadcaster and point guard, either. Just the promise that if the franchise's futility doesn't turn around so...