If you weren’t too interested in the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League opener, I really cannot blame you. It kind of took a backseat to some enormous news. There were only a few minutes left until the tip-off when news broke that the Warriors had signed All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year, $5.3 million deal. That was the news of the day, and understandably.
But there was still a game to be played, and the Warriors made the most of it. Kicking off the inaugural year of the California Classic in Sacramento, the Warriors beat the Miami Heat 79-68. And anyone thinking the “veterans” would just play a few minutes was emphatically wrong.
Jordan Bell and Damian Jones both played big minutes for the Warriors. Jones showed a lot of great signs, as he had 14 points and 6 rebounds on 5-6 shooting. He also committed 8 fouls but hey . . . it’s Summer League!
Kendrick Nunn, who joined the team on a partially guaranteed contract, looked particularly strong, as he displayed quickness, awareness, and a good ability to put the ball in the hoop. He led the team with 19 points and had 11 rebounds as well.
As for Bell, he played well, though at times looked like he was going through the motions, and who can blame him? He’s more talented and accomplished than the bulk of the Summer League players, and besides, he’s probably still hungover from the championship parade!
He did, however, try another self alley-oop in the waning seconds of the game, but unfortunately couldn’t pull this one down.
The Warriors next game will take place Tuesday, July 3, at 8:00 p.m. PT, against the Sacramento Kings.