The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers handily on Thursday night. With the preseason in the rearview mirror, the Warriors turn their focus to the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 27th at Oracle Arena. Here are a few newsworthy links to wrap up the 2015 offseason.
Warriors in fully operational battle station mode
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) October 23, 2015
The Warriors destroy the Lakers
After their previous preseason game was ended prematurely due to a slippery court, the Warriors utterly decimated the Lakers behind phenomenal games by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes. Read more in our recap here.
Curry on the difference between the last Laker game and this one: "Only the floor."
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) October 23, 2015
Game of Zones: Warriors edition
During the offseason, Warriors coach Steve Kerr requested Bleacher Report to make a Warriors-themed episode for their viral Game of Zones series, which feature cartoon NBA stars as characters on the HBO series Game of Thrones. Bleacher Report wrote about the process of the episode's creation:
Once the project got its green light from B/R's editorial higher-ups, Kerr's personal assistant, Nick U'Ren (the staffer widely credited with the strategic decision to start Andre Iguodala in the NBA Finals) sent off a pair of emails containing over 1,200 words of dirt on the Warriors players and coaches who'd be featured in the video.
The result is a hilarious video chock-full of inside jokes that only Warriors super-fans can catch.
The reaction of the Warriors team and staff was priceless.
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to hold on to Westeros for at least one more year.
Jerry West says the obvious about the Warriors' awesome fanbase
Not only did Warriors consultant Jerry West ("The Logo") claim that Warriors fans are the best fans he's ever seen while on the Jim Rome show, but he also claimed that Lakers fans were much, much worse:
"Oh, much better than LA fans, OK? They don't ever leave the game," West said. "Once we moved into Staples Center, our fan base changed, I thought. It's a completely different kind of fan than Los Angeles. Los Angeles has a lot of corporate fans there, whole different people sat in different seats. You can go up to Oracle right now and you'll see the same fans in the same seats every night. The fans in Los Angeles are great, but I've never seen fans like this here."
So if you've been a Dubs fan through all those terrible Chris Cohan years, give yourself a pat on the back: you deserve it!
Stephen Curry Highlight of the Day
Steph Curry throws an underhand alley-oop from just past half court to Andre Iguodala https://t.co/REiv9wrwh9
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) October 23, 2015