When seven-time All-Star Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors after they set an NBA record with 73 wins last season, nearly everyone crowned them the 2016-17 champion before the season even began.
And as with superteams of the past, the Warriors understood they suddenly had a large target on their backs and would likely be booed in most road arenas this season.
Rather than shy away from the intense scrutiny and pressure to perform, the Warriors have embraced their role as "Super Villains" -- even posing for a team photo in front of balloons that literally spell it out for everyone to see.
Forward Draymond Green posted the photo on his Instagram account, along with another team shot that shows center JaVale McGee holding what appears to be controls to a drone-operated camera during the Warriors' off day on Friday.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr reportedly inspired the "Super Villains" moniker by having it printed on T-shirts that he handed out to his players during the preseason.
The Warriors entered the weekend with a 7-2 record. They did not lose their second game last season until Dec. 30.
-- Nick Ostiller