Consider this a warning — Don’t make judgements off a lone preseason game

Warriors open new building with 123-101 loss to Lakers

Karl Buscheck
October 05, 2019 - 9:38 pm

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Leave it to Stephen Douglass Kerr, the eight-time NBA champion, to perfectly capture the zeitgeist of the opening night at Chase Center.

“I know before the game, I didn’t know where my assistant coaches were.”

Kerr was sitting in a new press conference room in a new arena after watching his new team.

“I didn’t know where to find them,” Kerr continued, in the wake of the 123-101 loss to the Lakers. “Literally, we’ve got this facility down here and there’s all these different rooms. I went to get something to eat. Nobody was there. I went up to my office. Couldn’t find anybody.”

“So, we haven’t found our rhythm yet and our routine. And that’s going to take some time.”

Neither Kerr’s assistants nor his players have found their rhythm or their routine. 

The Warriors debuted the building by going 0-for-10 from the field before Stephen Curry, fittingly, hit the first bucket at Chase.

His Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, was seated on the bench, in his full warm-ups — never mind the fact he’s out until at least the All-Star break.

Laker headliners LeBron James and Anthony Davis, playing together for the first time, looked like game-wreckers. Davis had 17 and 7 — in the first quarter.

After the wire-to-wire win, the Lakers’ social media department fired off quite the tweet.

Consider this a warning. Don’t judge the new Warriors — or the new building — off a lone preseason game.

Sure, there were plenty of rotations on Saturday night that elicited a yiiiikes. Like the second quarter starting quintet of Jacob Evans III, Marquese Chriss, Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson III and D’Angelo Russell. Let’s not even get into the Curry/Draymond Green-less second half.

And there were plenty of cringey moments in the crowd. Like just about anytime the extra large video boards hanging above center court caught a fan dancing during a break in the action.

“It’s still weird,” Curry admitted. “I mean, you’re familiar with or you’re used to certain sights and sounds and just routines — even from pulling up to the parking deck and to our locker room and all that type of stuff.”

The head coach still doesn’t know where to find his assistants. Curry still doesn’t know where to launch his patented tunnel shot from. On Saturday night, he bricked one effort, from an impossible angle, before retreating to the locker room.

Give the Warriors, and the building, a minute.

“It’s beautiful. It’s got a lot of potential to create an amazing environment, an amazing home court advantage,” Curry explained. “And so, I’m excited about the possibilities and, again, just getting used to it. We need some reps. Tonight was a good step.”

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