There was one Warrior, however, for whom the trip was just about dead-solid perfect.
In the space of two games against the Lakers, second-year center Patrick O'Bryant -- who made headlines during his lost rookie season for becoming the first top-10 pick to be sent to the NBA Development League -- established himself as a legitimate option.
"I could not ask for anything better" out of the trip, O'Bryant said.
In the wake of 12 rebounds and three blocks in the Warriors' exhibition opener on Tuesday, O'Bryant finished with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting, plus five rebounds and four assists Thursday.
"He's made tremendous progress, I'm very happy about him," Nelson said. "He needs to be more alert, and he can't stop improving, but I never thought I could play him 20 minutes in an NBA game and survive, but by golly I did."
The most impressive part of O'Bryant's night was his ability to post up and then pass out for easy layups from teammates Kelenna Azubuike and Marco Belinelli.
Wright OK in debut
Rookie Brandan Wright started with the first team -- well, Stephen Jackson and Azubuike, at least -- and fared about as expected, with some rookie mistakes and some flashes of the natural athleticism that made him the No. 8 selection in this summer's draft.
"Keep getting better, that's what we'll keep saying all year," said Nelson, who admitted that Wright and fellow rookie big Kosta Perovic may wind up in the D-League this season. "We'll consider that. ... Probably they'll be with the (Warriors) some and in the D-League some. They need to gain experience. They need to play games."
Wright completed a nice alley-oop pass to Azubuike and grabbed four rebounds in 16 minutes but also got burned a couple times defensively, most conspicuously by a Ronny Turiaf spin move in the opening minute of the game.
"I knew that was coming," Wright said of Turiaf's move. "I thought I was going to get a little help, but obviously, I didn't."
Off the glass
Jackson said he was going to put his track shoes on after being informed he would start at point guard for the first time in his NBA career, but the experiment was not spectacular. Splitting the initiating duties with Matt Barnes throughout the first quarter, Jackson finished with three turnovers vs. four assists. However, as Jackson noted, the Warriors did win that opening period, 30-27. ... Forwards Barnes (left knee), Mickael Pietrus (strained back) and Stephane Lasme (sprained left ankle) were all walking well as the team got onto its charter jet back to the mainland Friday, although there will be no official update of their status until today's practice.
-- Geoff Lepper