New season, new arena, new city, and new roster. A complete makeover for the Golden State Warrior as the championship banners were transferred from Oakland to Bay Bridge few months ago.
The Warriors open the season against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. With the unusual feeling, the Warriors suffered a blowout loss 141-122. Right after the Clippers defeated Lakers on Tuesday, they entered Chase Center with the same mentality and smashed Warriors on their home court.
“Losing stinks,” Kerr said. “It’s no fun. But this is more the reality of the NBA. The last five years, we’ve been living in a world that isn’t supposed to exist.”
NBA fans had seen the Warriors for 5 straight Finals and won three championships. The last 5 years when Curry have teammates who can pressure the defensive end and open the floor for his high-percentage 3 point shot.
On this season, the landscape drastically changed, especially in the Western Conference, as trades in the off-season was highly relevant of this change. Moreover, season ending injuries were also part of this drastic change.
After half a decade, the Warriors are not championship contenders. Some sports analyst are predicting that they might miss the playoffs this year. The two-time finals MVP Kevin Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets and sharp shooter Klay Thompson is still recovering from the knee injury he sustained last season.
On the other hand, Warriors acquired all-star guard, D’Angelo Russell as a replacement for the injured guard Klay Thompson.
“We’re starting over,” Kerr said, “in many respects.”