Zaza Pachulia Rumors

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Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
Position: C
Born: 02/10/84
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $2,898,000
For the past two years, Pachulia also has overseen his own basketball academy in Tbilisi. The program, which now boasts more than 500 members, is housed in the same complex where Zaza once honed his low-post moves on dilapidated courts. Because there was no heater in that old windowless gym, he often practiced wearing a hat and gloves. Today, the facility features four basketball courts, locker rooms, a weight room, a restaurant and dorm-style living. One of the courts is the same hardwood Pachulia once played on at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee; he had the floor shipped home in 267 pieces. “When my dad moved to Turkey with me, he shared in my NBA dream,” he said. “All of this, in a way, is for him.”
Davit Pachulia was 39 when he left all he had known in his native Tbilisi, Georgia — his wife, his mother, his job driving buses — to move into a two-bedroom apartment in Istanbul with his teenage son. The plan was as simple as it was difficult: Help Zaza, a lanky 14-year-old with NBA ambitions, acclimate to his new life on the Turkish Basketball League’s junior circuit. During that spring of 1998, Davit was a fixture at games, practices and team dinners. One night, when Zaza was involved in an on-court spat, Davit nearly stormed the court. “We were close before going to Turkey, but we got even closer over there,” Pachulia said recently. “It was only us, two Georgians taking on the big city.”
Warriors center Zaza Pachulia has spent this season seeking a very specific trifecta, and he achieved it Thursday night, scoring 10 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and also throwing down a dunk. Though Pachulia was pleased with the statistics he compiled in a 122-92 rout of the Orlando Magic, he more delighted with winning a playful bet. He got to shave Kurtis Rayfield’s months-old beard. “I just finished cutting a lot of hair,” Pachulia said, grinning with satisfaction. “It was pretty interesting . . . the whole team was there. A bet is a bet, so he kept his word. So I respect that.”