August 13, 2022

LAS VEGAS – Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga made his 2022 Summer Championship debut against the New York Knicks Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center after skipping the California Classic in San Francisco to spend more time with his family in the Congo.

The 19-year-old joined the team in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and his dominance in a tag team scrimmage on Thursday suggested his Summer League debut would present more or less the same at both ends of the court. But it didn’t exactly go as planned.

Even a player entering his second NBA season with championship experience isn’t immune to the rust that comes with missing weeks of action. Kuminga finished with just four points on 2-for-10 shooting in just under 24 minutes, missed all four of his 3-point attempts, four free throw attempts and committed a record five turnovers in the Warriors 101. -88 loss.

“I think for him, he hadn’t played in a while and he was a little behind because he didn’t have the California Classic,” the United States summer league head coach said. Warriors, Jama Mahlalela. “So there was a bit of rust in his game, as we’ve all seen.”