Golden State Warriors are expected to challenge again in NBA this season, but Stephen Curry says the team needs time to gel.
The Warriors suffered a heart-breaking 4-3 NBA Finals defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season to lose the title they won in the 2014-15 campaign.
That came after the Warriors had set a regular-season record of 73 wins, and in a bid to ensure they do not suffer similar disappointment Golden State spent big to sign Kevin Durant from Oklahoma City Thunder.
Consequently, the Warriors have had to do some realigning of their roster with the likes of Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut departing, and NBA MVP Curry believes it could take time for the Warriors to gel.
"There will be an adjustment period and there will be some rocky times because it's not going to be a perfect transition," he told reporters in China.
"There's a lot of different personalities, a lot of new personalities and a different vibe than we've had for the past three or four years.
"Our core is pretty much the same minus HB [Harrison Barnes] and Bogs [Andrew Bogut], but we've added some great characters who will fit into our identity and who we are as a team.
"There's only one goal this year and that's to win a championship so whatever it takes to make that happen we'll figure it out."
Curry also stated that winning 74 regular-season games is not a priority target as the Warriors attempt to regain the NBA title.
"We wish we could've got both [the championship and the record] last year but it didn't work out that way," he added.
"This year 74 [wins] isn't really a goal, if it happens it happens but all of our energy will be spent on getting ourselves ready for a championship run.
"We want to have a great regular season obviously, you don't want any slip-ups. I don't think coming into the season with the objective of 74 [wins] is a good focus, it's about winning a championship."