Preseason is a time for players to fine-tune their skills ahead of a new gruelling campaign of NBA basketball.
Often times it is a chance for players to acclimatise to fresh surroundings, build an understanding with new teammates, generate time on the court and work on any new moves they have been practicing over the summer.
For Brandon Jennings, it was a chance to get at a player who he has a lot of history with.
Having moved to New York this summer, Jennings is looking to endear himself to the Madison Square Garden faithful and did a good job of that during the encounter with the Washington Wizards.
The point guard went after following California native Casper Ware and drew chants of 'Brandon Jennings' from the fans inside the world's most famous arena.
In the third quarter, Jennings dropped in a layup - for two of his 11 points on the night - and then squared up to Ware, who he has faced many times through high school and in the Drew League.
Moments later, on defence, Jennings bumped into the 25-year-old before they squared up again. Clapping like a maniac, the guard drew cheers from the crowd.
The atmosphere reached fever pitch when Jennings was fouled on a three, leading to a four-point play opportunity. However, he failed to convert from the line.