Archive for the ‘Golden State Warriors’ Category

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Stephen Curry’s face, obviously, but also Kent Bazemore’s arms and tucked-in shirt. Two great poses, one great photo. Solid sequel from Steph. Nice work all around. Would view again.

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When we heard rumblings on Twitter that David Lee was going to be returning to the Golden State Warriors for Game 6, it was weird. Then when he checked in to the game — and there was a back-and-forth time battle about his ovation — it was still weird. Even George Karl, when asked about the Lee return, could only answer “It was … weird,” with the ellipsis serving, I am guessing, as a way to search for a different word for a guy with a torn hip flexor returning to the playoffs 12 days after the tear, then failing to do so.

But it really did happen, and of all the reasons why it did, Mark Jackson’s are the best. From ESPN:

And that’s when the New Yorker in Jackson came to the fore, drawing upon the memory that has sustained the city’s basketball fans through the past four decades of championship-less futility: an injured Willis Reed limping on the floor for Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Lakers and hitting his first two shots to inspire the Knicks to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Not only did I put [Lee] in,” Jackson said. “But I ran a play for him to get a shot. … Just about where Willis hit his shot.”

Lee missed his jumper, looked increasingly uncomfortable moving around, and had to come out after less than a minute and a half.

“Obviously, part of it was for inspiration,” Jackson said.

Well, that certainly explains why David Lee only played a minute-and-a-half. As any basketball historian will tell you, if a coach doesn’tt get two baskets immediately, it’s pointless playing an injured player in a closeout playoff game since they are injured and in a closeout playoff game. Props to Mark Jackson for realizing that David Lee wasn’t totally Willis Reeding out there, then giving him the quick yank.

It does make you wonder, though, what other NBA history-related moves Jackson might pull next. Is he going to instruct Stephen Curry to switch hands on every layup attempt because Michael Jordan did it once and it was awesome? If Andrew Bogut goes down with an injury, will he start Draymond Green at center like Magic as a rookie back in 1980? Will he risk a win by intentionally getting down by three just so he can have Klay Thompson throw in a 60-footer to send the game to overtime, just because he loves the 1970 NBA Finals so much? Might he allow someone to step over Kent Bazemore like Allen Iverson did to Tyronn Lue in the 2001 Finals, so that his team is guaranteed to win the next four games? Only time will tell, but the possibilities are endless.

This is a solid bit — nothing like a little peer pressure/public shaming to make you want to wear the same shirt as everyone else. That would certainly explain why all those businessmen thing the dress shirt-tie-promotional t-shirt look is a good idea, a strange and troubling phenomenon that I wasn’t sure would ever be properly elucidated upon. Glad to finally have that settled.

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Easy, muscles.

Ladies and gentleman, WE. ARE. LIVE. This fight is scheduled for three five minute rounds in the NBA’s heavyweight division. First, in the blue corner — fighting out of Oakland, California, standing 6-foot-9 and weighing in at 240 lbs. He’s a mixed martial arts rebounder and two-time NBA All-Star — David “Bite Elbow” Lee!

From NBA.com:

Lee was again the center of attention a few minutes later when he drew a foul on Howard. Replays showed Lee’s arm caught Howard in the mouth, leaving him with a bloody lip and a technical foul after he chewed out Lee near halfcourt. “That was obviously unintentional,” Lee said.

And now in the gold corner — fighting out of Los Angeles, California, standing 6-foot-11 and weighing in at 265 lbs. He’s a muay smile fighter, seven-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year — Dwight “Ed Hardy Shirt” Howard!

From Yahoo!’s Marc Spears:

“He got away with a shot,” Howard said. “I will remember this game. I will remember that shot. He said he wasn’t trying to do it. You can look at the play and see it for yourself. I will take care of it later.”

Today’s action is brought to you by Corn Nuts, the only kernel bold enough to get inside the octagon. Corn Nuts — Corn to the Core!

Oh, and if you’re watching from home on pay-per-view, just remember Dwight is now the second Laker to vow violence upon an opponent the next time they meet. Fun bunch.

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“my bad @money23green. Glad we made up!”Stephen Curry, high-five avoider

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Outside of David West and Lance Stephenson, Tuesday night’s Warriors-Pacers fight was a skirmish between a bunch of the nicest guys in the league. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Roy Hibbert going at it isn’t really “Gladiator,” you know?

I mean, Klay Thompson is such a sweetheart that on top of the $35,000 fine the NBA levied against him, his dad (former NBAer Mychal Thompson) is going to take his allowance away. From ESPN Radio, as transcribed by Believe the Hype:

This was the first time that Klay has ever been fined for an on court indiscretion in his NBA career and the consequences will be more noticeable to him than just the $35K fine. The 23-year-old doesn’t have access to his money, all cheques are paid to Mychal and Julie who take care of his accounts for him to make sure Klay’s financial situation is set up for his post NBA career. So, naturally, Papa Thompson’s going to teach Klay a lesson of his own by fining him personally also, however, Klay will find out the old fashioned way.

“He will [find out he's been fined by us] when he sees that cash envelope show up a little short this week,” he said.

A few things here:

  1. Haha to all of this.
  2. Parents still get mad when their kids get in fights, even when they’re adults.
  3. Getting docked allowance probably won’t help Klay’s reputation as a guy who looks like Cory Matthews on “Boy Meets World.”
  4. Klay Thompson’s parents control his bank account?

To that last question, the answer is yup.

So, if Mychal takes care of Klay’s finances, what does his week-by-week financial situation look like?

“Rent is $3K … Walking around money $300 a week…” Mychal explained. “That’s a lot of money to go to the movies and buy pizza…”

But what if Klay wanted to take a girl out on a nice date?

“Go to Langers in Oakland … Go to the grocery store and get a nice [bottle of wine] for $30…”

What about the corkage fee?

“Sit in the car and drink it.”

Seems like Mychal Thompson is a pretty good dad, except for maybe the part where he tells his son to sit in a car drinking a bottle of wine, which is almost definitely illegal. As a former player who’s been around the league for decades, he knows the struggles that young players often have with their money and he’s taking steps to prevent that from happening to his son. Plus, he seems to realize that if he takes Klay’s allowance away when he gets in fights, he can probably trick him in to not trying to fight guys who are 7-foot-2, weigh nearly 300 pounds and have gone through MMA training. This is just a dad looking out for his son and that’s pretty nice.

And, of course, it’s also hilarious because an NBA player is getting his allowance taken away. Let’s not forget that. TBS Very Funny, even if he’s just playing around.