The National Basketball Association Champion Golden State Warriors open their 2015-2016 season Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, the team the Warriors swept in the Western Conference First Round Playoff series last season, and the game will be available to watch live online through several methods — and for the first time the NBA will stream the game in virtual reality as well.
To find out how to watch the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors live online in virtual reality, as well as in conventional streaming video, see the links at the bottom of this article. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, and will be preceded by the Warriors ring ceremony honoring only the second championship in the history of the Golden State franchise. For viewers on the East Coast, start time is 10:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Before last season, the Golden State Warriors last won an NBA Championship in 1975. The previous incarnation of the team, the Philadelphia Warriors, won an NBA Championship in 1957, and also won the championship of the NBA’s predecessor, the Basketball Association of America, in 1947.
Oddly enough, neither team will feature the same coach who lead each team into the NBA playoffs last season. After the Pelicans fired Coach Monty Williams — despite guiding New Orleans to a 45-37 record, good enough for a playoff spot — they brought in a former Warriors associate coach, Alvin Gentry, to shepherd the Pelicans and keep their franchise player, Anthony Davis, in good spirits.
Davis, the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft out of the University of Kentucky, enjoyed a close relationship with Williams, whose job was thought to be on solid ground after the 2014-2015 season. But Pelican owner Tom Benson, after publicly congratulating Williams on bringing the team its first winning season and playoff berth since 2010-2011, surprised the basketball world by turning around and handing Williams his walking papers with a full year left on his contract.
The Warriors have not delivered any such surprise to Coach Steve Kerr, but Kerr requested a leave of absence to recover from back surgery in the offseason, with Luke Walton taking over as interim coach.
If recent history is any guide, the game should be a fitting opener for Golden State at home. Not only did they sweep the Pelicans in the playoffs last season, the Warriors have also defeated New Orleans in 14 of the last 15 games the two teams have played — and won the last seven in a row at Oracle Arena.
Overall, the Warriors have played the Pelicans 43 times, winning 24 and losing 19 of those contests.
The NBA provided instructions on how to watch the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors game in a virtual reality live stream.
“Fans will be able to access the Warriors vs. Pelicans game and the Warriors’ pre-game ceremony at the Oracle Arena in virtual reality with a Samsung Gear VR headset via the NextVR portal, found on the Oculus Home app. Complete details to access the experience are available at www.nextvr.com/nba-tnt,” the league wrote in a press release.
To watch the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors NBA opener live online through conventional means, fans have two options. Using log-in credentials from a cable or satellite provider, viewers can log in to Watch TNT at this link — or download the Watch TNT app to view the game on mobile devices.
For fans without log-in credentials, or those who just want to watch the game on a TV set rather than on a computer or mobile device, Sling TV carries TNT, which will broadcast the game. The Sling TV package subscription costs $20 per month, but also offers a seven-day free trial. To watch New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors on Sling, go to this link to sign up.
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