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The NBA season opens tonight. Here's what you need to know

The NBA season opens tonight. Here's what you need to know

In an interview at the Warriors’ practice facility in Oakland, Calif., last season, coach Steve Kerr — as usual — shot straight.

“We know how this league works,” he said then, reclining in a chair. “We’re in a sweet spot right now where we have a chance. It’s our time.

“At some point in the next few years — we’ll see how long — our window is going to close as far as this current iteration of the team. We have to take advantage.”

Talent-laden team or not, it’s hard to win an NBA championship. Kerr has done so five times as a player — including three with the Bulls — and three times as a coach. As well as anyone, he knows talent isn’t the only ingredient. Teams need...

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