The short-handed Warriors, decimated by injuries, became the first NBA team in modern history to start five rookies in one game.
Klay Thompson, one of four rookie starters for Golden State, led the Warriors with 26 points. Brandon Rush had 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
This is hardly how the determined rookie expected his early days in the NBA to go: observing from the sidelines as his teammates work under new Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
Jeremy Tyler was in Israel two years ago when the moment came that made him realize his unprecedented experiment wasn’t quite going to work out as planned.