New Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton’s first matchup against Golden State, where he won a championship as an assistant in 2015, went about as expected – with a Warriors’ rout.
Klay Thompson scored 24 to lead the Warriors to a 112-107 win over the Lakers in Las Vegas.
Kevin Durant added 17 points as Golden State (4-1) shot 54.3 percent from the field. Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and David West did not play.
Nick Young led the Lakers with 17 off the bench on 6 for 9 shooting while No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram scored 12 off the bench.
Los Angeles (2-4) was outscored 54-30 in the paint. Lou Williams and Metta World Peace did not play.
Good news for Carmelo Anthony, the judge in the Derrick Rose trial wants to wrap the thing up and send it to the jury on next Tuesday.
That’s good news because the Knicks’ leader wants Rose back in New York.
Rose has been away from the Knicks longer than the team expected, and Anthony said he wants Rose to get that trial done and get home. Via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
“I’m pretty sure if I was (Knicks’ coach Jeff Hornacek) I’d be calling Derrick and telling him, ‘Hurry up. Figure it out and hurry up back,’” Carmelo Anthony said. “Just because the way the team is starting to jell together and come together, the camaraderie we’re starting to create with one another, we don’t want him missing out on that.”
The Knicks have a lot of things holding that camaraderie — Joakim Noah has battled injuries through camp, for example. It just means it will take more of the regular season for the Knicks to figure out their chemistry (providing they can stay healthy, which is another issue).
Since the day the Knicks signed Rose, Phil Jackson has been dismissive of the impact of this trial on the team. It’s not going to send Rose to jail (it’s a civil trial), but it has become a distraction — one of the biggest preseason stories in the NBA — that Rose is going to have to discuss when he gets back to NYC. This is a team that is likely in that 5-10 grouping in the East that is going to be very close, and every game is going to matter. An early distraction and slow start doesn’t help the cause.
After the first few weeks of training camp and the preseason, the Warriors think they may have a steal with No. 38 pick Patrick McCaw. The 6’10” UNLV product is the kind of athletic and versatile player the Warriors are built around, and the rookie is quickly making a splash with the team.
Including dropping 18 and hitting the game winner against Denver Friday night, a pretty running floater.
Before that he hit the three that forced OT.
McCaw is a rookie with growing pains to come in the NBA, but he looks like someone who could develop into a rotation player — and if they are lucky a little more — for the Warriors.
Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, and a host of other 1960s Celtics went to six straight NBA Finals during that team’s unprecedented run of titles.
LeBron James has done the same thing.
LeBron did it across two different teams — Miami and Cleveland — and if you ask Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr that’s an amazing accomplishment. Remember Kerr has five NBA rings and three-peated with the Bulls, and he says the third year was the hardest, six is insane. Via J.A. Adande of ESPN (and Northwestern):
“The toll was more emotional than anything,” Kerr said Friday, ahead of the Warriors’ preseason game against the Denver Nuggets. “Over time, that stuff adds up. That’s why LeBron [James] going to the Finals six straight years is, to me, one of the great accomplishments of all time. Like, how many guys have done that? Maybe Bill Russell was the last guy. I know Michael didn’t do it because he took a couple of years off. Larry Bird, Magic [Johnson] never did it. … Six is incredible.”
LeBron’s six-straight Finals is a vastly underrated achievement — in part because he was the unquestioned leader of all six teams. Only Bill Russell could also make this claim. But just the fact he stayed healthy enough to do this is impressive, especially considering the load he carried for his teams. When someday we talk about LeBron’s legacy, this six (and counting) is going to be part of it.
(And spare me the “LeBron only one three of those” B.S. — you are selling short the accomplishment. Besides, LeBron’s team was only the favorite in two of the of his final trips. If you’re going to bring up Jordan, be sure to mention how he went to the playoffs 13 times and only reached the Finals six times, and how the Pistons drilled him for years — MJ is unquestionably one of the games greatest ever, but the man did not walk on water. Why people need to tear down LeBron to build up Jordan is beyond me.)
J.R. Smith will be able to afford shirts for a long time now.
He has come to terms with the Cavaliers on a four-year, $57 million deal (three-years, $45 million of that is guaranteed). That was reported earlier on Friday, but he has now confirmed it through a video released via the Uninterrupted.
And that’s not even his biggest announcement.
Smith and the Cavaliers were destined to work this out — they needed each other more than other teams needed Smith. The deal is done, and he is in line for another ring.
And, another crib.