The Golden State Warriors kick off preseason on October 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Now, more than ever, this string of games is crucial to their upcoming season.
Preseason is no laughing matter this year. The Golden State Warriors better prepare to hit the ground running prior to the season opener.
Though the NBA is set for its first full season since 2019, the Warriors can not afford to waste any time. This team is loaded with x-factors and the only way to be fully prepared by the time playoffs begin is to take each moment seriously.
Preseason offers the first opportunity for Golden State to blend its youth with its stars. For the first time, Stephen Curry will take the floor next to incoming rookies like Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.
Taking advantage of every chance to build some chemistry here is important. Even more, however, is the platform for Kuminga and Moody to get their first taste of NBA basketball. The learning curve will be steep for these teenagers and the sooner they become comfortable on the floor the better.
Kuminga and Moody will have five preseason games to buckle up for an electric debut against the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night (October 19). How they perform in the preseason will not be remembered a few years from now but it could very well be the launching pad for the start of their careers.
With so much on the line this season, the Warriors have no reason to scoff at these first few games. Even if they will not officially go on the record — it is vital they use this opportunity for growth ahead of what is sure to be a challenging season.
While Klay Thompson and James Wiseman will not be present for the preseason — the rest of the Dubs should be locked and loaded to get off on the right foot.