The rest of the National Basketball Association are still underdogs to the Warriors

Ross Houston
October 20, 2018

One of the arena's loudest moments ever was when Davis drove left to the baseline for a powerful one-handed slam over Utah's Andrei Kirilenko during a 125-105 Game 3 victory in the Western Conference semifinals, Golden State's lone win of that series. What did you think of Lonzo's comments?

This team is stacked and might be even better than it was a year ago.

Ukrainian fans of the National Basketball Association the new season offers two story - Alex Lane after a strong pre-season will try to become an important part of reconstructing, "Atlanta", and Sviatoslav mykhailiuk to the status of newbie try to earn the trust of LeBron to the Lakers.

STILL THE SPURS?: San Antonio usually enters the season as a sure thing, but the Spurs this time are a question mark. Winning one more time in the old arena, for the fans in the East Bay, was a major point for Warriors coach Steve Kerr early in camp.

Just as James left Cleveland and won titles in Miami then departed, the concern is that Durant might arrive to become a champion and then depart, although the Warriors could make the richest offer to keep him and have the lure of a new arena in San Francisco opening with him as a star attraction if he stays, even in a short-term deal.

Moving James to the Lakers in the East for the first time in many years, not a single leader. Details are available at

"I don't anticipate that we're going to be in high gear right away". Durant, Irving, Leonard, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo also received votes along with reigning MVP James Harden, who should put up big numbers again in Houston's high-powered offense. Only two other games have a current average asking price of more than $1,000, the February 2 Lakers at Warriors game, which is trending at $1,379, and the October 20 Houston Rockets at Lakers game, which has a current average asking price of $1,238. He comes off his worst season in Oklahoma City and didn't thrive playing for Mike D'Antoni in NY.

How will the Rockets fit together?

TANKING TALK: New draft lottery odds debut this season. Thompson believes his team will feed off that pride throughout the season. The league hopes that will reduce some of the incentive to lose on goal, but Commissioner Adam Silver has said there's still work to do to completely eliminate tanking.

While the Warriors will be for the foreseeable future the pick to win the NBA Western Conference, LeBron James' arrival with the Lakers serves notice not only to Golden State, but also to the rest of the West that a new champion could be on the horizon.

The Warriors are offering a similar message: "We're leaving a building, we're not leaving a city".

The opener pits last season's league leader in turnovers forced (Oklahoma City, 16.0) against the club that committed the fifth-most giveaways (Golden State, 15.4).

"I do think in this league anything can happen so there's some teams in the Western Conference, if clicking right, if healthy - injuries plays a role not just for the Warriors but throughout this league, so that can play a part in it", said former coach and player Jackson. "But the Warriors are the clear-cut favorite".

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