The Warriors are confident as they enter the upcoming 2023-24 NBA season. As the defending champions, they felt confident last season as well. However, there is a different atmosphere in the locker room this year, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed within Chase Center.
Last season, Golden State had a rough start in their attempt to defend their 2022 championship. In October, Draymond Green punched teammate Jordan Poole during practice, and the team’s chemistry never fully recovered. Poole struggled with turnovers and inconsistency, leading to his trade in June as part of the Warriors’ acquisition of Chris Paul from the Washington Wizards.
However, things are different this time. Despite being archrivals for years, Paul has seamlessly fit into the team’s plans to pursue another championship. His passion for basketball aligns with Steph Curry’s competitive drive.
“On the plane from LA to Sacramento, we were sitting at the card table, just chatting, and we both knew the lineup of preseason games happening that night and were excited to tune in,” Curry mentioned about Paul earlier this month. “We both laughed, realizing that not many people on this plane probably know which four teams are playing in the preseason.”
“It’s the love for basketball that brings us together and fuels everything,” he added.
Preseason statistics may not hold much relevance, but adding Paul to the mix on the court appeared to be a positive move for coach Steve Kerr’s rotation during the Warriors’ five-game exhibition games.
It’s worth noting that the off-court dynamics seem to mirror what Dub Nation witnesses on the court as well.
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