There were a lot of new beginnings in last nights’ game: A new arena, a new city, and new teammates. Despite the fact that it is NBA preseason, it was still an extremely fun game to watch.
The new Chase Center is an absolutely astounding sight to see. As you can see in the reflection, the Chase bank overlooks the San Francisco bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Here the new “San Francisco Warriors” will play home games. Even though the dynasty was conquered in the Finals and the fact that they lost their best player, the Warriors at least got a new arena.
The new city brings a whole new feel to the Dubs. Now instead of calling them the Golden State Warriors, they are now referred to as the San Francisco Warriors. Even though the cities are close, Oakland and San Francisco are very much different destinations. Now the 49ers and the Dubs will be in the same city.
Last night, there were plenty of new teammates that showed up and balled big-time on both teams.
The King and The Brow are going to be very scary this year…
One of the biggest trades in the whole summer was the Anthony Davis deal. The Lakers and him had talked for about a year because in the previous season the Pelicans’ staff publicly announced that they would not trade him to Los Angeles because they did not want to create another superteam in the Western Conference. So this summer, they Lakers finally landed A.D. (a.k.a. “the Brow”) to help LeBron bring a once-struggling and young team to becoming older and more-experienced.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis had a total of 37 points together, in the fact that each only played in the first half of the game. 10 of Davis’ 22 points came in the form of first-quarter dunks.
One of the other significant additions to this new Lakers squad was Danny Green, a long-range master at the three-pointer, from the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors. His outside shooting will complement James’ and Davis’ dominance inside the paint. Together these three are going to stretch every defense extremely thing throughout the season.
Los Angeles did something that we haven’t seen very often: they started LeBron James as the point guard. The king was dressed similarly to his teammate, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a point guard that is known for wearing headbands — by returning to his style when he made his return to Cleveland.
The San Francisco Warriors seemed a bit confused. Steph’s first shot was a total air-ball and D’Angelo Russell was a bit quiet as well. Adding Russell from the Nets was the greatest offseason move by the Warriors in their time following the loss of the 2019 NBA Finals. Also because of his age (23), he will be able to train under Steph for a while so that when Curry retires, he will take his place.
Even though Davis’ and James’ dominance was obvious, the Warriors shouldn’t be discouraged. They left their old city for a new one and have a completely different team. Because Klay Thompson is out for the season with a torn ACL and Kevin Durant left because he joined the Brooklyn Nets, the scoring situation has to rely on Russell and Curry. They will adjust and begin to grow some serious chemistry.
Tonight’s game was a great one to watch, even with most of the starters only playing for a half. Once the regular season starts, we will begin to see the power shift of free agency dictating the progress and success of each team…
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