The NBA preseason started last night in the Staples Center from The Angels with the game played by the renewed Lakers in front of the powerful Brooklyn Nets, which they won by a convincing 97-123 thanks to the fact that his bench was the best. Neither team wanted to bring their respective stars to the court, with the exception of the Lakers, who started the pivot Anthony Davis.
The eaves Lebron James, his star signing of the summer, the point guard Russell Westbrook, next to the power forward Carmelo Anthony they watched the whole game sitting on the bench. Something that also happened with the Nets, who left the forward without seeing action Kevin Durant, to the escort James harden and to the base Kyrie Irving, who does not accompany the team in training camp that they have established in San Diego.
The Nets coach, at the end of the game, said that when they return to Brooklyn could have more information about what is happening with Irving and his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The image on the benches will be remembered for a long time as it is not usual to see so many stars from both teams sitting down. In this way, the NBA began in an unattractive way for the 16,000 fans who paid for their preseason schedule tickets.
Davis he made the first basket of the preseason, but then he could not be a winning factor for his team, because at the end of the initial period he also went to the bench with six points. While the Nets watched as the rookie point guard Cam thomas with 21 points he became the surprise leader of his attack in which the escort was also present Bruce brown when reaching 12 points.
Aldridge is back
The positive news of the meeting was LaMarcus Aldridge, who started when he returned from his temporary retirement from the competition after suffering an irregular heartbeat, was the best player under the hoops with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. He was also in good physical condition and contributed six points in the 15 minutes who was in the field.
At the moment, the NBA He already has them programmed to face each other again on the same stage of the Staples Center as the highlight of the Christmas calendar. They both had a disappointing playoffs while battling injuries. The Nets were defeated by the eventual champion Milwaukee bucks in the second round with Irving offside and Harden still limping from a hamstring injury that had cost him a couple of series games.
While the rest of the teams plan to start the exhibition matches from this Monday, it is expected that the 12-player squads that they will have to officially present before the regular season begins on October 19.