Warriors Begin Title Defense with a Bang: Flaunting their Championship Rings

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 celebrated their NBA championship rings before Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Francisco. The rings were stunning, but the Warriors’ lopsided win wasn’t particularly pretty. Most of the ugliness stemmed from the Lakers’ play and the Warriors’ wonky rotations given Draymond Green and Klay Thompson’s minute restrictions. However, Golden State still managed a 123-109 win on the Lakers to open this 2022-23 season – still a statement win for a Warriors team hoping to defend last season’s title. After a few chaotic weeks for the Warriors, ring night healed some wounds and reset the vibe back to the goal at hand. Here are some sights, sounds and quotes from Warriors after their first win of the season with 81 games left to play. Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman were among the players to experience their first ring night.

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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