Golden State won the whole thing last season, defeating a short-handed Cleveland team in six games.
LeBron James has lamented that the defending champions look much hungrier than his own squad so far in 2015-16.
Finally, there was some talk today at shootaround about the Golden State Warriors. You were great from January on when you came to the Cavs but you struggled in the Finals. How much has that weighed on you or stayed with you ever since June, especially seeing what the Warriors are doing now and considering they could very well be the team you have to get through to achieve your team goal this year?
Smith: “I hope they are the team. I wouldn’t want it no other way, because we get another chance at it for one and to beat the team that beat you, I think that’s a sweeter feeling. For me, personally, I don’t really look at it as not having the best series or whatever. I mean, I’ve had shots fall against Atlanta in the Eastern Conference finals and there was praise. And then you miss shots and there’s a downfall. So it’s a give-and-take. I wasn’t the only person out there missing. It wasn’t like I was out there playing one-on-five, but it’s cool. I’ll take that. I just got to get better every day.”