Becoming a dynasty is not an easy undertaking. It is about knowing how to build, what should be removed, when it is necessary to change, at what moment it is essential to shuffle again and even in what place formulas should be sought that allow sustaining hegemony.
The Golden State Warriors accumulate praise and add NBA rings with all these elements. From that philosophy is that in the season premiere, they got out of the way, almost without problems, LeBron James's Los Angeles Lakers 123-109. Warriors will be diligent students of the "Barcelona style" from now on.
The expectation was enormous, more than four months waiting for the big event, and in the first show, the champion responded to the height. The San Francisco franchise had a perfect day because he received the ring, the fourth of the dynasty, and made it clear that he is again the favourite to win the crown.
Amid so much brilliance, Klay Thompson left a detail that allows us to understand why the Golden State Warriors are always looking for the best methods to win. One of the Splash Brothers said that Steve Kerr, the Warriors coach, convinced everyone to change the attacking system.
The game is summed up in just over five minutes because the Golden State Warriors seemed to warm up their engines in the first two quarters; that's why they went into the break 52-59.
Then the boys from the San Francisco Bay landed, and it was over in a tale. If not for a fourth-quarter push from the Lakers, the game could easily have ended with Steve Kerr's team leading by 30 points or more (they were leading by 27 midway through the third quarter).
Stephen Curry led with 33 points, seven assists, six rebounds, 20 points from Andrew Wiggins, and 18 from Klay Thompson. For the Lakers, LeBron James' 31 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, Anthony Davis' 27 points, and Russell Westbrook's solid performance (he started) with 19 and 11 rebounds were not enough.
The coronation of the Warriors and the 16 carats.
Before the start of the game with the Lakers, the Golden State Warriors held the award ceremony for the NBA champion rings. And each player's piece lends itself to amazement because it has many details to consider. First, it should be noted that each season, the design is susceptible to changes in the materials, the number of diamonds and the precious stones used.
This was a collector's item made up of 16 carats because they were the victories they needed to win the ring, and 0.91 carats of white diamond, to honour the percentage (91%) of victories in those playoffs.
The Jason of Beverly Hills company was in charge of designing one of the most anticipated elements by all the members of the San Francisco franchise. There is no exact figure for each ring's value.
For example, in the Disney bubble, the 2020 champion Los Angeles Lakers received rings worth more than $150,000 per unit, the most expensive in the history of the NBA. The 2019 champion Toronto Raptors made up to five different types of rings, and the most expensive of them, which was intended for coaches and players, reached $100,000 per unit.
The Celtics got Harden and Embiid out of their way.
The NBA season began with the emotional tribute of the Boston Celtics to the legendary Bill Russell and with the great game he faced against the Philadelphia 76ers. "He was a great man. A champion on and off the field. We are forever grateful. This world was lucky to have him; may he rest in peace", said Jaylen Brown about Bill Russell during the tribute to the legendary pivot.
The Celtics won 126-117 in a brutal scoring duel between the stars of both teams: Jaylen Brown (35 points and four triples) and Jayson Tatum (35 points and 12 rebounds) led the Celtics to victory well supported by Marcus Smart (14 ), Grant Williams (15) and Malcolm Brogdon (16).
In the Sixers, their best player was James Harden with 35 points and five triples, while Joel Embiid, the other great star of the 'City of Brotherly Love' franchise, had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.