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OAKLAND – The “MVP” chants made it difficult for Warriors president Rick Welts to hear. That’s okay. The background noise helped illustrate Welts’ point.

Just before the Warriors took the stage for their championship parade in downtown Oakland, Warriors fans greeted Kevin Durant with “MVP” chants for obvious reasons. He collected an NBA title and a Finals MVP for a second consecutive year after joining the Warriors as a free agent in the 2016 offseason.

Safe to say 29 other NBA teams do not like the Warriors have hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy for the third time in four years. Nor do they like that Durant has teamed with three other All-Stars (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green), and could win wear even more rings. But to say this success is bad for the NBA? The MVP chants for Durant in downtown Oakland as well as during a pre-season trip to China proved otherwise.

“We’re seeing basketball being played differently at a different level than we ever have before. We all should be celebrating that,” Welts told The Bay Area News Group. “I know and understand 29 other teams may not feel exactly the same way. But for basketball fans, this is another golden era.”

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Welts has a subjective viewpoint, obviously. He has served as the Warriors’ president and chief operating officer for the past seven years. He also has overseen the development of the privately financed Chase Center, which would likely benefit with star power and winning when the arena opens in Mission Bay for the 2019-20 season. Yet, Welts also has perspective on what dynasties do to the NBA’s bottom line after working in the league’s office (1982-1999).

“It’s going to impact the next generation in terms of being fans of basketball and the NBA,” Welts said of the Warriors’ success. “There’s a bigger mission here than winning a championship. This team is really impacting the future of basketball.”

Welts then reflected on his own career arc throughout various stops in the NBA.

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He first began his NBA career as a ballboy at 16 years old for the former Seattle Supersonics and then as the team’s director of public relations during consecutive NBA …read more

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Rick Welts explains why Warriors’ success is good both for the Warriors and the NBA

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