The Greatest show on Earth has returned for another season, with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors taking on the Dallas Mavericks in their first matchup of the season.
Golden State, which won a franchise-record seven straight regular-season titles, is led by a revamped front office led by coach Steve Kerr, who is known as “the father of modern basketball” because of his successful approach to player development.
Kerr is expected to lead the Warriors through their first postseason appearance since 2003.
Kerr, in a statement, said the Warriors are “looking forward to returning to The Great Show on the Planet Earth and proving once and for all that the greatest team in NBA history can win a championship on the biggest stage.”
This is the first year since 2009 that the Warriors won’t be playing in a Western Conference finals series, which could prove a challenge for the franchise’s new head coach, Kevin Durant.
The Warriors, who were ranked No. 1 in the Western Conference and No. 4 in the league in wins in 2017-18, have been struggling since the start of the NBA season.
They were knocked out of the playoffs for the first time since 2004-05.
They lost a second consecutive game on Wednesday.
Karras also announced the signing of former Warriors forward Chris McCullough as an assistant coach.
McCullough was a member of the Golden State squad that won the NBA title in 2016.