09/24 16:11 CDT Welcome to camp: NBA teams starting their new seasons
Welcome to camp: NBA teams starting their new seasons
By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer
There were some Larry O'Brien trophies were on display at Golden State's media
day on Monday, shiny golden reminders of the three championships that the
Warriors have picked up over the past four years.
Their quest for another is about to begin.
So will the quest by 29 other teams to thwart them.
The offseason is over in the NBA. Most teams held media day Monday, the prelude
to the start of training camps. And just like last year, those camps --- from
Hawaii to British Columbia to Massachusetts and 27 other spots in between ---
will begin with the Warriors reigning over the league and everyone else pining
to get on Golden State's level.
"We've got a long way to go to get to Golden State," said LeBron James, who
left Cleveland --- and what became an annual date with Golden State in the
finals --- for the Los Angeles Lakers over the summer. "They can pick up right
where they left off ... we're picking up from scratch. So we have a long way to
go. We can't worry about what Golden State is doing. Golden State is Golden
State and they're the champions."
With the exception of Dallas and Philadelphia, who were permitted to start camp
early because they're headed to China for preseason games, every NBA club holds
its first practice of the season on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Clippers are going
to Hawaii, Denver is headed to San Diego, Toronto is setting up camp a few
miles outside of Vancouver.
Whether they're going on the road or staying home, the goal for every club ---
the Warriors included --- is the same: Be better.
"There's one team that's figured it out, all right?" Miami coach Erik Spoelstra
said. "Golden State has figured it out. They have the template right now.
Everybody else is just trying to figure it out. Some people think they have a
better track at it than others. Prove it. That's the whole point of this
association. It's competition and you've got to prove it."
Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he was eager for media day, calling it "the
official start to another season."
"Excited to get back to work, get the guys back together. Look forward to
chasing another championship," Curry said in a video posted to the Warriors'
social media channels.
James made his debut in a Lakers uniform out in Los Angeles. In Toronto and San
Antonio, new Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard and new Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan
talked about the summertime blockbuster that saw them changing jerseys. Up in
Boston, Gordon Hayward talked about how he's finally been able to play 5-on-5
again in recent weeks after his first season with the Celtics ended with a
horrific leg injury on opening night.
"There's nothing like playing basketball," Hayward said. "There's nothing like
in-game stuff that you can't get from drills."
Preseason games start Friday, with Boston going to Chapel Hill, North Carolina
and set to face Charlotte. The Hornets are training in Chapel Hill, which
undoubtedly pleases team owner --- and Tar Heels legend --- Michael Jordan.
That same night, Philadelphia plays Australian club Melbourne United.
Those are the first two of 79 preseason games on the calendar, running through
And then on Oct. 16, it begins for real with Philadelphia visiting Boston and
Oklahoma City headed to Golden State --- the night when the Warriors will pick
up their latest championship rings.
"The excitement that I have right now to get this thing rolling and get on out
to training camp, it's unbelievable," said Carmelo Anthony, who signed with
Houston this summer in an effort to push the Rockets over the top in the
Western Conference. "Big shoutout to the fans. You guys won't be disappointed
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