It's a new season and anything can happen. And though the Warriors are the NBA's preseason title favorite, one outspoken individual believes this is the Lakers year.
"I've got a vision for this year," LaVar Ball said on the Flagrant Two podcast. "[The Lakers] are gonna win them 50 games, and they gonna get in them playoffs, and the story that's gonna be for L.A. is Steve Kerr versus Luke Walton. That's gonna be a hell of an L.A. story, because he don't want that matchup. Luke know them tendencies, for that type of team. He knows 'em. And then there's another big story that y'all gonna have: The bigmouth father LaVar said his son was better than Steph Curry -- now let's see!
"If they get them suckers in the Western Conference finals, the Lakers are gonna get them. And when they get to the Finals, my son ain't gonna lose."
The Warriors have top odds at 5/8 to win the title and 4/11 to win the Western Conference, according to sports betting website Bovada.lv. The Lakers have 100/1 odds to win the title -- 12th best in the league -- and 66/1 odds to win the Western Conference -- ninth best.
Lonzo Ball will get his first glimpse of Stephen Curry in game action on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles.
With training camp right around the corner, Andrew Bogut is no longer unemployed.
The former Warriors center has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple national reports.
News of the agreement was first reported by The Vertical. According to Turner Sports, the deal is for the veteran minimum.
After four seasons in Oakland, Bogut started the 2016-17 season with Dallas. In February, he was traded to the 76ers, who waived him four days after the deal. Five days later, Bogut signed with the Cavs. In his first minute of action with Cleveland, the 12-year veteran suffered a season-ending leg injury.
Circle Dec. 18 on your calendars.
The Lakers will retire Kobe Bryant's jerseys that night before their game against the Warriors, according to multiple reports.
No. 8 and No. 24?
Kobe wore No. 8 from his rookie year (1996-97) through the 2005-06 season.
He rocked No. 24 from the 2006-07 campaign through 2015-16.
Over 67 career games against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant averaged 27.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
In his final NBA game on April 13, 2016, The Black Mamba turned in a legendary performance -- 60 points on 22-for-50 shooting, including 6-for-21 from distance.
That same night, the Warriors won their single-season record 73rd game and Steph Curry made 10 3-pointers (46 points total) to finish with 402 on the season.
The Warriors haven't exactly played well against the Lakers in Los Angeles the last three seasons:
- Dec. 23, 2015 -- Lakers 115, Warriors 105
- March 6, 2016 -- Lakers 112, Warriors 95
- Nov. 4, 2016 -- Lakers 117, Warriors 97
Golden State also plays at Staples Center on Nov. 29.
The Warriors host the Lakers on Dec. 22 and March 14.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller