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Warriors and Lakers will open the 2022-23 NBA season

The defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, will host the Los Angeles Lakers on October 18 at the start of the 2022-23 season.Shams Cha


The defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, will host the Los Angeles Lakers on October 18 at the start of the 2022-23 season.Shams Charania reported this Saturday.

The Warriors will receive their championship rings just before the game, in a ceremony that will honor their fourth title in 8 years, in what has been a successful decade for the organization.

For the Lakers it will be a tough test from the start, especially after the disappointing season they experienced in 2021-22, in which they were unable to reach the postseason despite putting together a squad that had the goal of fighting for the championship.

There are still many questions within the Californians, who are still trying to negotiate Russell Westbrook’s contract and trying to acquire Kyrie Irving, who already won an NBA title with LeBron in the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Golden State, for its part, is still pondering what moves to make to its roster and see if they can accommodate all salaries and not exceed the luxury tax.

The team plans to keep its core of stars, but to date they have already lost Gary Payton, Otto Porter and Nemanja Bjelica. The biggest concern, however, is what he can do with Andrew Wiggins, who is an unrestricted free agent, and Jordan Poole, who is a restricted free agent.

Remember that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will earn a combined $122 million in the 2023-24 season, so there’s no payroll flexibility.