LeBron James seemed helpless at times last season as he tried to carry a weak Los Angeles Lakers team to the playoffs. After getting injured on Christmas Day, the Lakers regressed and weren't able to hold onto their playoff spot. It was an embarrassing season for a team that was destined for greatness after the addition of one of the best players the sport has ever seen.
This offseason, the Lakers hunkered down and vowed to get better at every single position. After trading a plethora of young players for Anthony Davis, the team immediately became a preseason favorite to win it all. On Saturday night, Davis made his preseason debut with the Lakers and dominated while playing against the Golden State Warriors. The big man finished the game with 22 points and 10 rebounds which helped him get some huge praise from LeBron himself.
"My dog a MONSTER!!! 😤.Damn it felt good to get back out there once again! Felt like a kid in a candy store," LeBron wrote. "Building good habits everyday along this process. Good start squad #LakeShow 👑✊🏾"
Based on his comments, it seems like LeBron is already used to his new teammate and is confident they'll be hooking up for some magical highlight-reel plays all season long. There is no denying just how good LeBron and AD are so now that they're teammates, the league is going to have to be on high-alert.
Steph Curry, D’Angelo Russell Catch Fire During 3-Point Shooting Session: Video
Watch Curry and DLo go shot-for-shot.
The Golden State Warriors will have a new look this season, but their backcourt will still feature the same old, lethal shooting capabilities.
During the team's recent practice session, Stephen Curry's and D'Angelo Russell's silky smooth jumpers were on full display as the two All Star guards traded corner threes without missing a beat. Not only were they draining every shot but the ball was barely touching the rim on their way down.
During a recent interview with HoopsHype, Russell envisioned what it will be like when Klay Thompson returns from his injury to form a three-headed monster of a backcourt.
"I think it's like a video game. You got three guys who can shoot the three at a high clip," Russell described to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. "I think that's really exciting for the fans. Threes are obviously worth more than twos at the end of the day, so I think it gives us an opportunity to win. I'm so excited, and I think we're going to bring a lot of excitement [to the fans]."
Golden State will open the 2019-20 season on October 24, as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at their new arena in San Francisco.
D’Angelo Russell’s Rumored Role With The Warriors Revealed
The Warriors are falling in love with D-Lo
When the Golden State Warriors traded away Andre Iguodala and lost Kevin Durant to free agency, there was this suspicion around the NBA that their dynasty was about to come to an end. Immediately after these moves were made, the Warriors were able to acquire D’Angelo Russell from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign and trade. While Russell struggled during the early stages of his career, he was able to get a bit of resurgence in Brooklyn and as he goes to San Francisco, the Warriors are getting him at exactly the right time.
At first, it seemed like Russell would be used as a trade piece but that might not exactly be the case. In a report from Ethan Strauss of The Athletic, it appears as though the Warriors absolutely love Russell and want to keep him longterm.
“There’s a strong possibility that the Warriors actually want their newest big acquisition for seasons beyond this one,” Strauss wrote. “Their front-office leaders, Joe Lacob and Bob Myers both, are as smitten with him as any team that just selected a top-five player in the draft.”
With Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, and D-Lo in the backcourt, the Warriors are going to continue to be a problem, even if NBA fans don’t want that to be the case.
Stephen A. Smith Details His Convo With Drake At The NBA Finals: Watch
Smith almost had Drake on the air with him.
Drake's stardom was on full display during the NBA Finals this past June as his beloved hometown Toronto Raptors battled it out against the Golden State Warriors. In the end, the Raptors won the championship in six games and made history as it was their first-ever title. Kawhi Leonard came away with Finals MVP and everyone in the great country of Canada was happy for their one and only NBA team.
Due to Drake's presence, the team was getting a lot more coverage than they normally would and one of the men following the team was none other than Stephen A. Smith. On numerous occasions, Smith could be seen chatting it up with Drake but no one knew what they were talking about. During a recent episode of the Rap Radar podcast, Smith finally divulged on what went down.
Essentially, Smith was trying to get Drake onto his post-game show but Drake didn't want to do that because he thought it would jinx the Raptors. The artist promised Smith he would do his show when the series was over but unfortunately, Drake wasn't in Oakland when the Raptors finished off the Warriors at Oracle.
Smith doesn't seem too upset about not getting Drizzy on his show but it certainly would have been legendary if it had happened. Maybe next year.
Klay Thompson Makes His Case For A "Space Jam 2" Oscar Nom: Watch
As if Thompson needs any more trophies.
Klay Thompson has never been afraid to put himself out there and make some jokes at his own expense. The man will most likely go down as one of the top five shooters to ever play in the NBA and over the past few years, he has been an absolute menace out on the court. He has helped the Golden State Warriors win three of the last five NBA championships and heading into the future, the team expects a lot more of the same. With all of his accomplishments in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he was chosen for a role in Space Jam 2.
LeBron James is the true star of the film but we imagine Thompson will have a significant role as well. During an interview with NBC Bay Area, Thompson even suggested that he should get an Oscar award for his contributions to the movie.
“It’s all done … your boy is going for the Oscar nod,” Thompson joked. “Supporting?! Best animated series!? I don’t know.”
Thompson doesn’t seem certain which award he wants but he’s looking to make sure it happens. Considering how the Oscars usually selects films for its best-animated movie category, it’s doubtful Space Jam 2 will end up there. If you’re Klay though, one can only hope.
Hopefully, the sequel can live up to Michael Jordan‘s original.
Klay Thompson Trolls Draymond Green With Hilarious IG Comment
Why did Klay have to do his guy like that?
If you're an NBA fan outside of the Bay Area, then it is safe to say you're probably sick of the Golden State Warriors. They have won three of the last five NBA championships and have completely dominated teams thanks to their flashy style of play. The Warriors are best known for their superior three-point shooting and the catalysts for that reputation have been Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Heading into next season, they will also have the services of D'Angelo Russell to fall back on.
Yesterday, the team had their annual photo shoot and the team's Big Four, Curry, Thompson, Russell, and Draymond Green all took a photo together. Russell posted the photo on his IG which led to a hilarious comment from Thompson. In regards to Green, he said: "Whole lotta splash ... and Dray."
Thompson's little dig at Draymond shouldn't be all that surprising when you consider how both players have been roasting each other for years. Green is easily one of the best defensive players in the game and has the respect of his peers all the way throughout the league.
We're sure the next time these two see each other out on the practice court, it's going to be a bit of a war. You can't be mad at Thompson though as Green's three-point shot definitely leaves a lot to be desired.
Steve Kerr Answers Whether Or Not KD & Draymond Green Beef Hurt Warriors
Kerr was quick to downplay the whole situation.
When the Golden State Warriors lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets in free agency this summer, fans were quick to theorize as to why he wanted to leave such a phenomenal team. Durant has said on record that he wanted to carve out his own legacy and that he never truly felt like he was a part of their squad. One of the other events people point to is his highly-publicized fight with Draymond Green. Many feel like their relationship never really got better after that and it’s why KD wanted to get out of their so quickly.
No one knows the dynamic between KD and Draymond better than their head coach, Steve Kerr. The Warriors bench boss was on a recent episode of The Full 48 podcast with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report where he talked specifically about Durant and Green’s supposed beef with each other. As it turns out, it wasn’t as big of a deal as people made it out to be.
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It just felt like it … and I didn’t give it a whole lot of thought — it just felt different, this past year felt different,” Kerr said. “We kind of lost some momentum internally, it wasn’t anything tangible. People point to the Draymond-Kevin incident. I honestly don’t think that was that big of a deal, as crazy as that sounds. I think it was just sort of — for whatever reason — it just sort of ran its course.”
So there you have it, as far as the Warriors are concerned, Durant and Green’s spat was considered to be a non-issue. To be fair, perhaps Kerr is simply trying to be diplomatic here as you never want to disparage a former player, especially when they helped you win two titles.
Draymond Green Hits Kevin Durant’s Brother With Heavy Shade On IG
Looks like a beef is brewing.
Back in November of 2018, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green got into a highly-publicized argument which some feel was the beginning of the end of Durant's tenure in Golden State. During the offseason, Durant left the team to go play with the Brooklyn Nets and theories as to why KD left have been circulating ever since.
When Durant and Green got into it, KD's brother Tony issued a statement on his Instagram story although it was quickly deleted. In the story, Tony criticizes Draymond for being a bad teammate and letting his "true colors" shine. Green wasn't a big fan of those comments and almost a year later, Green is letting that anger out.
In a recent Instagram post, Tony shared a photo of him, his mom, KD, and his newborn son with the caption "Really the American Dream!" That's when Green chimed in with some words of his own.
"You talked a lot of bulls— about me.... all good doe... This pic brings me great JOY.... however this is not the American dream... it's OUR dream," Green wrote.
The comments caught fans a bit off guard and Green was hit with multiple replies saying this wasn't the time to say something. We know there has been some tension amongst Green and Durant for a while now but it seems as though things have moved to family relations.
Once these two play against each other in a season from now, it's going to be a grudge match.
Andre Iguodala Tells Hilarious Story About Being Traded From The Warriors
Iggy had a feeling of where he was going to go.
Andre Iguodala was a huge piece to the puzzle as the Golden State Warriors made their dynastic run over the last five seasons. Back in 2015, the Warriors won their first NBA championship and proceeded to make five straight NBA Finals. They ended up winning three titles over that time and this summer, the dynasty was blown up, in a way. Kevin Durant left the team to go to the Brooklyn Nets and Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Iggy has no plans to play for the Grizzlies and is waiting on a trade as the team has no interest in buying out his contract.
In an interview with Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area, Iguodala spoke about his trade to Memphis and how he had a feeling that’s where he would go. The story is pretty funny as Iggy pretty well had a sixth sense of how it was all going to go down.
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“So, I’m texting my wife, telling her I’ll probably get traded because I think it’s 100 percent sure, even though everyone else is saying, it’s only a chance. Then, once KD (Kevin Durant) left, I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll probably get traded. They’re probably going to do a sign-and-trade, so they can get something back, to at least get assets for him.’ No one was thinking that. But I was thinking they’ll want to get assets back because they can’t just let him go. And they’ll probably move me as well. So, she asked me where I thought I would go. I said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll probably end up in Memphis or some s–t.'”
As of right now, Memphis is a basketball purgatory of sorts as they have never really won anything significant and are currently in the rebuilding process. It’s no surprise Iguodala wants out although for now, he’ll have to play the waiting game.
Kevin Durant & Warriors Have Unresolved Beef, Says Jalen Rose: Watch
Durant never felt accepted by the Warriors.
Kevin Durant‘s history with the Golden State Warriors has been well-documented over the past few years and this past summer, it seemed as though things hit a bit of a climax when Durant decided to leave and signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Over the past week, Durant’s issues with the Warriors were brought to the public as he spoke about everything from Steve Kerr’s offense to not fitting in with the team.
During a recent interview, Steph Curry said he had nothing but love and respect for KD and that everything was good between them. According to Jalen Rose of ESPN, this isn’t exactly the case and his eyes, there is still tension between the two parties. Rose gave his in-depth breakdown of the situation on a recent episode of Jalen & Jacoby.
“There is some tension there because he would have stayed,” Rose said. “So anything that gets said after that, you don’t have to put a question mark. There’s a period. He left. Final. And why do you leave a team that you make three straight NBA Finals with, you’re the Finals MVP twice, you get injured the third year, and everybody knew he was leaving the entire time.”
Once Durant comes back to play for the Nets in a season from now, their matchups against the Warriors will certainly make for some entertaining basketball and we honestly can’t wait.