It’s funny, training camp is supposed to be a time of controversy and uncertainty. Usually, coaches are dealing with lineup constructions, scrambling to address unforeseen injuries and placating fragile egos amid heated position battles. Things are often frantic as management rushes to strategize and compensate for areas of weakness.
For the Golden State Warriors, though, this training camp has been wholly unique in its placidity.
Sure, there are injuries to deal with, but they’re hardly surprising. And Mark Jackson has definitely been doing a lot of mixing and matching with lineups during practice and in the Warriors’ three preseason games, but that’s more of an experiment to see which groups work best together. It’s not an exercise in hiding flaws.
There’s also a very exciting position battle, but the two players involved have been diplomatic about the process. And it doesn’t even really matter who wins the job; both guys are guaranteed big minutes either way.
So, for the Warriors, training camp has been notable for the best of all possible reasons: there’s been virtually no discord or panic. That sense of calm is a testament to a front office that has assembled a collection of players that fits together so nicely. The fact that said players are all in camp with the same M.O.—to shut up and work—is an added bonus.
Everyone’s on the same page. With the possible exception of Andris Biedrins, who might be reading a different book entirely.
Just because camp has been uneventful doesn’t mean it’s been boring. So let’s check in on the Dubs’ top training camp storylines so far.