3 things we need to see in Warriors training camp
The 2021-22 NBA season is almost upon us. Teams will enter the campaign filled with optimism, including the Golden State Warriors. Some of the wishful thoughts will get dashed as soon as training camp starts, while some squads will gain more confidence.
Stephen Curry will once again be at the forefront in the Warriors’ training camp, especially after an MVP-worthy stint last season.
Here are three things we need to see from the Warriors in training camp.
Players need to be ready to go
One thing that hurt some teams last season was the number of unprepared players. When the NBA start date was delayed by COVID-19, it left many wondering if the season would happen at all. Players weren’t able to condition their bodies the way they typically would because of country-wide restrictions. It resulted in a larger number of athletes coming to training camp overweight and out of shape.
In the Warriors’ case, they had Draymond Green and no. 2 overall pick James Wiseman out battling COVID-19. Not having two starters in training camp is never a good thing. Having all hands on deck and being in decent shape are things that will always be a positive start to training camp.
Although it’s usually not an issue with the Warriors, fans want to feel a sense of security from the players. Media Day is a massive day for the basketball world. Many narratives will begin immediately after the interviews. Some will be valid, and some will be a stretch.
With the Warriors having so many new faces, from the 37-year-old veteran Andre Iguodala to the 18-year-old lottery pick Jonathan Kuminga, the media will have many questions to ask. How the players answer these questions could tell how the season might go for the squad. Players answering all of the tough questions with confidence could mean everyone is on the same page, and that’s a good sign.
The biggest issue for the Warriors in the last two seasons has been the injury bug. Klay Thompson hasn’t played a game since the 2018-19 season. Wiseman missed the end of last season with a meniscus injury. New addition Otto Porter Jr., meanwhile, only appeared in 42 games over the previous two seasons because of injuries.
The list of injury problems goes a mile long, and it’s the main reason the Warriors have been in the lottery the last two seasons. If the Warriors can end training camp with a completely healthy roster, that would be a really significant accomplishment. It’s what the fans want to see, and the organization probably wants that even more.
Some issues are OK to have when going into training camp. Some are detrimental to the team’s success. But one thing training camps do show everybody is that the NBA is back.