OAKLAND, CA, Sporting Alert – The Golden State Warriors will want to make a statement against the San Antonio Spurs.
The season opener at ORACLE Arena will be live on TNT and streaming live on TNT Overtime, starting at 10:30pm ET.
DURANT HAS A SOMETHING TO PROVE?
However, no other Warrior will be looking to prove a point more than Kevin Durant, who left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join up with the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
Durant joins an already all-star line-up that also includes NBA MVP Stephen Curry, as well as All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
With such a line-up at his disposal, coach Steve Kerr knows the Warriors face huge expectations this season and will be under the radar everytime they step on the court.
Still, Kerr has vowed to stay focused on the main task, and that is to win back the NBA Championships.
The third-year head coach says he will be trying out different things this season, noting that it is all “coming together.”
“All in all, things are coming together,” he told reporters. “We’re not there yet, but we probably shouldn’t be there yet because we’re only a few weeks into this thing.”
SPURS START LIFE WITHOUT TIM DUNCAN?
The San Antonio Spurs, in the meantime, will also be a major contender for the NBA title this season, which makes the battle for the Western Conference title oh so intriguing.
San Antonio is without future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, who announced his retirement after the playoffs last year and coach Greg Popovich has decided to go with two veterans, 36-year-old Pau Gasol and 33-year-old former Warrior David Lee, to fill out the empty spot in the frontcourt.
All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, who finished second to Curry in the MVP voting last season and experienced point guard Tony Parker are expected to be the main options on the offense.
Meanwhile, Aldridge, who averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last year, was reportedly unhappy about his role on the team, but he denied those reports.
“I don’t buy into the rumours,” he said on the Jim Rome radio show. “I feel like I do my job here and I feel like I’ve done everything that they’ve asked.
“That’s why I haven’t bought into the rumours.”