Yes, the same Warriors who roster Stephen Curry and Draymond Green and are riding a four-game winning streak containing triumphs over the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz, the top two seeds in the conference. The other spot could go one of three directions. It might be the Los Angeles Lakers, who are the defending champs and employ both LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The ESPN fight card says the New Orleans Pelicans will battle the Golden State Warriors on Friday, but who doesn’t want to see Stephen Curry vs Didi Louzada? While it’s blasephemy to suggest a rookie with one game under his belt can slow down the greatest shooter in the league, close followers of the team in New Orleans are salivating at the idea of that individual matchup, myself included. Unless, of course, Steph never leaves the bench.
As Atkinson detailed to him on those long flights, Toscano-Anderson’s only potential path to Golden State’s roster was tedious: He’d need to impress enough with Santa Cruz to make the NBA club’s summer-league team. After impressing at summer league, he’d need to get a training-camp invite and impress there, too. Only then would Toscano-Anderson have a shot at a contract.