OAKLAND – First-year head coach Steve Kerr waved his first yellow flag on Thursday, urging Warriors fans to react cautiously to the team's seven preseason games.
Don't celebrate if the Warriors are unbeaten, and don't panic if they lose them all.
"The way I approach it, the exhibition games are just an extension of camp," Kerr said. "And we really do have a full month until it counts. So I'm not too concerned about winning preseason games."
Though the Warriors open the regular season on Oct. 29, their first preseason game – against the Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles – is scheduled for Oct. 7. Like all NBA teams not traveling overseas, the Warriors open training camp on Sept. 30.
"The NBA is probably the only basketball league in the world that does this, where you play a week in," Kerr noted. "In college and European professional leagues, you have a full month before you go."
Kerr inherits a strong starting lineup, featuring guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, forwards Andre Iguodala and David Lee, and center Andrew Bogut. There is an outside possibility this could change, but will be determined over the next five weeks.
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That will afford plenty of time to study the games of Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, to name two players expected to be in the playing rotation.
"I want to use those games as test runs and we can try different combinations and give certain guys more minutes than they might get otherwise and see how they do," Kerr said.
"It'll all be just part of the entire training camp."
The Warriors play seven preseason games over 18 days, with the finale coming Oct. 24 against the Nuggets at Oracle Arena.