Glass: I’d like to think racism wasn’t involved. Although in the last three years, who knows, my opinion of the country has changed. I mean that. It’s been very disturbing to see the underbelly of what’s been unleashed here. In retrospect, who knows. I just think that the color the public resents is green more than black or white. I’ve always felt that way though I may be wrong. Do people resent the fact that black people are making a lot of money? I think that’s true. At that time, I was naive to that. Looking at the Kaepernick situation, I think that’s a big part of that.
June 16, 2021 | 7:40 pm EDT Update
Sarah K. Spencer: As expected, Trae Young (right shoulder soreness) is officially available to play tonight. Also: Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) is out. De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus tear) is out. Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is out.
Marc Stein: NBA spokesman Mike Bass after criticism of the league schedule from LeBron James: “Injury rates were virtually the same this season as they were during 2019-20 while starter-level and All-Star players missed games due to injury at similar rates as the last three seasons. While injuries are an unfortunate reality of our game, we recognize the enormous sacrifices NBA players and teams have made to play through this pandemic.”
June 16, 2021 | 6:58 pm EDT Update
Warriors assistant coach Leandro Barbosa said coach Steve Kerr approached him about playing this season and doesn’t know why the opportunity never materialized. Barbosa, who specializes on the Warriors staff in mentoring players, acknowledged that the idea of him returning as a player after three years away from the NBA “wasn’t a joke at all” when injuries decimated the team’s rotation while the Warriors were in the playoff hunt.
“[Kerr] came up to me and said, ‘LB what would you think if we had to sign you to a 10-day contract?’ or whatever,” Barbosa said on the “Locked On Warriors” podcast. “Before it wasn’t a 10-day contract. Before it was like sign the whole rest of the year. I said, ‘What do you mean? What do you want me to do?’ Obviously, I can be a veteran off the bench with the young guys but then he came up to me and said ‘No, I want you to play.’
“It wasn’t a joke at all,” Barbosa said. “Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But if it happened, I was ready to go. I know the offense, I know how we play… So as far as the connection with the guys, I don’t have a problem at all.” So why didn’t it happen? “I really don’t know, my man,” Barbosa said. “That’s a question you’d have to ask Steve or the organization.”