They had Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, Jason Richardson, and a high upside guy in Mickael Pietrus. The Warriors would be able to play these guys, look to make a playoff run in a couple years, and pick up a great prospect in the process. And yet Musselman was trying to win. The Warriors had brought in Clifford Robinson, Calbert Cheaney, and Avery Johnson as veterans who could help mentor the younger guys. They brought in Brian Cardinal as a garbage guy to fill some minutes. But Musselman not only played these guys, but he turned them into role players, and consequently won 37 games.
Read the whole thing. It's a bit of schadenfraude, mixed in with ample amount of excitedness and hope. Doing well is the top priority; doing well at the expense of a rival is cake.