SAN FRANCISCO—The paradigm shifts in the NBA will be on full display for the first time on Friday, October 4. The newly formed, star-studded teams in the Bay Area and Los Angeles took to practice and media day earlier this week. New additions in D’Angelo Russell for the Golden State Warriors and Anthony Davis for the Los Angeles Lakers look to become future faces for their respective franchises.
The Warriors new point guard came over in a blockbuster trade that sent star Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. Russell was originally drafted by the Lakers who have been in transition in the off season. The Lakers organization acquired all-star Anthony Davis in a trade with New Orleans in June.
The city of Los Angeles also welcomed all-stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers organization. General Manager Jerry West procured the two forwards in a dramatic turn of events during free agency. The Lakers and Raptors were early front runners to sign Leonard at the start of the off season, but the astute GM West turned the tides in favor of the Clippers.
The Warriors will host the Lakers at the newly opened Chase Center in preseason play. The NBA regular season starts on Tuesday, October 22.