- As we get closer to the release of the NBA Power Rankings for the 2022-23 regular season, everyone’s attention is entirely focused on the Golden State Warriors.
- Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, stated that the team still needed to surpass “one level of conditioning.”
- The club is getting set to play its first game of the season on Tuesday at the Chase Center against the Los Angeles Lakers.
There are hardly two days till the start of the 2022-2023 NBA regular season. As the beginning of the new season draws closer, and every club in the league gets ready for it, the anticipation level keeps rising.
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Although there is a sense of optimism in the air, one cannot stop wondering how the Golden State Warriors will respond to the scrutiny they have been subjected to over the course of the last ten days.
In light of the public nature of an argument between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole, they are now being observed more closely than usual. Now that the preseason is over, all attention will be focused on this team as the regular season commences.
In addition, Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, said that the squad had “one level of conditioning” to surpass, and then they would be ready for the season start on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center.
He informed the media following the final preseason game on Friday, a defeat to the Denver Nuggets by a score of 119-112, that his squad “ran out of gas” in the second half of the game.
After the final day of preseason training to kick-start, the regular season, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that he still does not believe the top five or six players in the team’s rotation can play 30-plus minutes on premiere night. The changes are that they will not likely access that benchmark until several weeks into the season.
Kerr claims that he does not consider this lapse in conditioning to be more than a slight inconvenience. He is confident in the squad’s depth and will rely on it throughout the interval until the best players in his rotation rediscover their rhythm.
Kerr has been heard praising Stephen Curry for being one of the most physically fit players in the NBA. If the game’s momentum called for it, he should be able to handle playing more than thirty minutes on the season’s first night.
However, other starters Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, did not get the necessary amount of playing time during this preseason for various reasons, which might explain why their fitness is not up to par with what is required.
Thompson only participated in the final preseason match for the Warriors since he required additional time to ratchet up after not often scrimmaging this summer due to a “mental block” linked to how he wounded his Achilles tendon in the offseason before the 2020 season.
Even though Thompson played just 16 minutes on Friday night and scored 17 points, and made five 3-pointers, Kerr said that Thompson is not yet prepared to offer significant playing time.