The moment we had all been waiting for had arrived yesterday when basketball fans finally got to see the new-look Golden State Warriors on the court together for the first time. Unfortunately for the Dubs, they were not able to bring home a win.
Kevin Durant was the center of the media storm around Oakland during this year’s team media day. Things were not much different Saturday night. He was booed in introductions and every time he touched the ball.
That’s a far cry from his fan reception in previous years where just about everyone loved KD. His new teammates looked happy to be back on the court in their first action since losing the NBA Finals in June. There were some signs of horribly entertaining basketball in the making.
Only this team could drive a crowd to boo on October 1 and during a game that will have no impact on the standings for either team. This is life for Golden State now. The squad will have to do their best to put the noise behind them and play ball.
Stephen Curry had a jaw-dropping alley-oop pass to Andre Iguodala after a steal. These and other plays brought the bench to their feet. It should also be noted, the away team still managed to hang close even while not firing on all cylinders.
Past experiences with the Miami Heat’s Big Three and the Lakers’ most recent attempt at building a superteam indicate that Chef Curry and company have a tough road ahead. This team will not be adored by anyone besides fans of the Bay Area club unless they win.
Fortunately for their new small forward, they will have more than enough firepower to ensure that they can get the job done. But, now they will have to be careful because the Warriors will be getting every team’s best shot on a nightly basis.