Defending Champions Make a Statement with a Ring Ceremony to Kick Off New Season

Los Angeles Lakers forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, left, and Warriors guard Jordan Poole scramble for the ball during the second half of Tuesday’s game in San Francisco. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson look at their NBA championship rings before Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, left, and Warriors guard Jordan Poole scramble for the ball during the second half of Tuesday’s game in San Francisco. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson look at their NBA championship rings before Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Golden State Warriors commemorated their NBA championship victory by receiving their rings in a pre-game ceremony against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco. The rings were impressive, but the game itself was not so pretty due to the Lakers’ poor performance and the Warriors’ irregular player rotations. Nonetheless, the Warriors were able to secure a 123-109 win against the Lakers, making it a significant victory as they hoped to defend their title from last season. Ring night brought some healing and renewed focus for the Warriors after a challenging few weeks. Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, and James Wiseman were among those who experienced their first ring ceremony. With 81 games still left in the season, the Warriors are ready to continue their quest for another championship.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry gets past Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonnie Walker IV, left, on a screen by forward Draymond Green during the first half in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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