These guys are going to have some fun.
As the NBA’s newest pool of rookies descends on New Jersey on Sunday for the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, the Warriors had a pair of draftees in Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall who took full advantage of their time on the East Coast.
Poole got the moves 🕺🏼 pic.twitter.com/HZ1Qm7BUCw
— r/Warriors (@GSWReddit) August 11, 2019
Poole and Paschall donned the Warriors’ new Icon Edition blue uniform as they did photoshoots for trading cards and other NBA promotional materials.
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— LetsGoWarriors👌💛💙 (@LetsGoWarriors) August 11, 2019
— Eric Paschall (@Epaschall4) August 11, 2019
Fans will get their first chance to see the uniforms in action when the Dubs host the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 5 in the team’s preseason opener at Chase Center.
There are big video boards, and then there is what Chase Center just installed.
The future home of the Warriors now possesses a big outdoor video board.
Well, perhaps “big” is an understatement:
Say 👋 to the outdoor video board! pic.twitter.com/JEM8nhAgIa
— Chase Center (@ChaseCenter) August 10, 2019
It’s massive, and it appears Oracle Arena is nothing but a memory.
The former home of the Dubs recently had the “ORACLE” letters removed from the building that once hosted many memories for the team. It’ll still host events and concerts of sorts, but there hasn’t been any updated information on what it will be called.
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As for Chase Center, it reportedly will host Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers for the Warriors’ first regular-season game in their new digs on Oct. 24.
And it’s nice to know that if you won’t be inside to watch the game itself, there’s a massive screen to watch — well, anything on.
D’Angelo Russell had a breakthrough 2018-19 season with the Brooklyn Nets. But even after hitting career-highs in points and assists per game, Russell still believes he has a lot of room to improve before he begins his first season with the Warriors.
In a recent Q&A with HoopsHype, the All-Star guard spoke about focusing on an important aspect of being a combo guard in the NBA today.
“I think ball-handling is something you can always get better at, so I’m trying to turn that up a notch,” Russell said.
Russell could stand to improve on his ball security, as he was tied for seventh last season with 253 turnovers.
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“Also, I’m just trying to keep my body in the best possible shape it can be in.” Russell was also sixth in the NBA in usage rate with 31.9 percent. That number should drop somewhat with Steph Curry and Draymond Green joining him in the starting lineup, although the guard certainly will be counted on to pick up significant slack as Klay Thompson aims to return just after the All-Star break.
With Russell returning to more of an off-guard role with the Warriors, his handles may not be as important as his ability to shoot the 3-pointer, as Klay Thompson has been among the NBA’s top-20 in three-point percentage every season since 2013-14.