Fizdale tried to fix things with Gasol, even flying to Europe after the season to try and make it right. But Gasol was close with majority owner Robert Pera; Fizdale wasn’t. That closed off a potential area of outreach between the two. Gasol had no interest in rapprochement, a stance that Grizzlies players made clear to Fizdale throughout the season. (Caught most in the middle, per league sources, was Grizzlies veteran point guard Mike Conley, Jr., who did and does have strong relationships with both men.)
May 21, 2018 | 12:30 pm EDT Update
Chris Forsberg: Al Horford: “I know the guys will respond. Our guys, what I’ve quickly learned, even though they’re young guys, they’ve always responded. They always respond when they have a down game, they’ll come in, be ready to go, and we’re looking forward to the game tonight.”
“This is my f—ing house!” Stephen Curry cursed in celebration after ending his frustration. Stunned NBA fans worldwide read his lips, and fans at Oracle Arena saw the replay on the JumboTron. The devout Christian got caught up in the emotion of the moment but was apologetic after his Golden State Warriors’ 126-85 blowout win against the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday. “If they ever thought I was perfect, then they got the wrong message to begin with,” said Curry, the favorite active athlete among kids 12-17, according to a 2017 ESPN Sports Poll. “I try to do the right things all the time. I have an awareness of who I represent on the court. In that moment, I fell a little short. I have to try to do better next time.”
Adam Himmelsbach: Shane Larkin said he went through a full individual workout yesterday and feelis like he’s getting close. The biggest concern is getting hit again on that shoulder.
Potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft Luka Doncic won the EuroBasket playing under a Serbian coach: Igor Kokoskov. The newly appointed Phoenix Suns head coach isn’t the only Serbian that the Real Madrid star would play with. “Hard question… We all know who is Zeljko (Obradovic), and then there is Sasha Djordjevic. There are a lot of good coaches. And for Serbian players, I think (Bogdan) Bogdanovic. We are friends, he is a great player, I could learn a lot [from him],” Doncic said to Serbian website Telegraf.rs when asked if there are any Serbian coaches or players he’d choose to work with.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors coach Steve Kerr has won the 2017-18 Rudy Tomjanovich Award, which honors an NBA coach for his cooperation with the media and fans, as well as his excellence on the court, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced today. @ProHoopsWriters
O’Neal and Barkley have continued to go back at each other on the air during Inside the NBA and there continues to be more talk of Googling. When Shaq wondered how the Warriors allowed 6-foot-9 Kevin Durant to play guard, O’Neal and Barkley traded barbs that included a “Google me, Chuck!”