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“Well look, I think Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson — and you guys can attest to this as interviewers — they did a great job because they got him to talk about the experience in great detail for a long period of time. I don’t think Draymond got on that show with the intention of being like, ‘Let me dive deep into the final year of Kevin’s tenure with the Warriors.’ I think that they got into a conversation. “Draymond was getting things off his chest that he felt he needed to do, and from a point of view that he feels like is — I don’t want to say accurate — but is how he sees it, right? This is how he sees everything. My feeling is that that’s over with now, what Draymond said. It really, definitely, doesn’t matter what I think, you know what I mean? And I don’t think Kevin has thought about it since that day. When you put it up against everything going on in this world, and the timing of it, it was kind of like, ‘All right, you know, I see how he feels.’ But I also know that emotions make certain things come out certain ways. It’s not always representative of exactly how you feel or what you want to say…”

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“Well look, I think Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson — and you guys can attest to this as interviewers — they did a great job because they got him to talk about the experience in great detail for a long period of time. I don’t think Draymond got on that show with the intention of being like, ‘Let me dive deep into the final year of Kevin’s tenure with the Warriors.’ I think that they got into a conversation. “Draymond was getting things off his chest that he felt he needed to do, and from a point of view that he feels like is — I don’t want to say accurate — but is how he sees it, right? This is how he sees everything. My feeling is that that’s over with now, what Draymond said. It really, definitely, doesn’t matter what I think, you know what I mean? And I don’t think Kevin has thought about it since that day. When you put it up against everything going on in this world, and the timing of it, it was kind of like, ‘All right, you know, I see how he feels.’ But I also know that emotions make certain things come out certain ways. It’s not always representative of exactly how you feel or what you want to say…”

On Draymond Green’s recent media tour (during a visit with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on the “All the Smoke” podcast, the Warriors forward talked at length about his view of what led to Durant’s departure; he also had a candid interview on the Uninterrupted platform)… “Well look, I think Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson — and you guys can attest to this as interviewers — they did a great job because they got him to talk about the experience in great detail for a long period of time. I don’t think Draymond got on that show with the intention of being like, ‘Let me dive deep into the final year of Kevin’s tenure with the Warriors.’ I think that they got into a conversation.

“Draymond was getting things off his chest that he felt he needed to do, and from a point of view that he feels like is — I don’t want to say accurate — but is how he sees it, right? This is how he sees everything. My feeling is that that’s over with now, what Draymond said. It really, definitely, doesn’t matter what I think, you know what I mean? And I don’t think Kevin has thought about it since that day. When you put it up against everything going on in this world, and the timing of it, it was kind of like, ‘All right, you know, I see how he feels.’ But I also know that emotions make certain things come out certain ways. It’s not always representative of exactly how you feel or what you want to say…”

Draymond Green opens up about issues with Kevin Durant

The three-time NBA champion pulled back the curtain on what happened between he and KD during their verbal altercation during the Warriors’ loss to the LA Clippers on Nov. 12, 2018. This is what he said on Showtime’s “All the Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson: “Beginning of the year, I told (Warriors general manager) Bob (Myers) and (coach) Steve (Kerr): ‘I’m struggling with Kevin right now. I need some help. It’s frustrating and I need some help.’ Nobody did s–t. So I’m kind of stuck in this position, but aight. “So we’re playing the Clippers, and you know how I am — I’m gonna roll with you, I’ll take the bullet for you, I’ll take the heat in the media for you, I’ll take the suspension for you, I’ll take the fine, I’ll take the tech, whatever — for my guys. But in return, all I need from you is just to know that you’re with me …

“He comes to the bench and he slaps the bench like, ‘Yo! Pass me the f–king ball.’ I’m like, ‘Get the f–k outta here. F–king run then.’ And he’s like, ‘You heard what the f–k I said’ and slaps the chair: ‘Pass me the f–king ball.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, you better calm the f–k down. I don’t know who the f–k you think you’re talking to.’ “Remember, I got the pulse of this team. I got the pulse of the organization. I already know you one foot in and one foot out. By the way, I’m the closest person here to you. When you have a problem — when s–t going on in your life — the person you talk to here is me. We got that relationship … So that’s where I’m like, ‘Yo, who the f–k you think you’re talking to? I’ve been an All-Star before you got here. I’ve been doing this. Don’t talk to me like I’m one of these little dudes that don’t know how to hoop. I’m a grown a– man.’

“And then he started cussing back and I’m cussing back. And then DeMarcus pulled me out of the huddle like, ‘Yo, calm down. I feel where you’re coming from but relax. It’s too much.’ “I met with Steve Kerr and Bob Myers when we landed. My fiancee was on the team plane with us, so she’s sitting in the car — I turned the heat on, she sitting in the car, I’m thinking the meeting is gonna be quick — I’m in the meeting at the airport terminal for like an hour and 45 minutes with them.

“And they’re pretty much telling me you were wrong, you (need to) apologize. And my thing to them was — I told ya’ll this. Yeah, it boiled over but this shouldn’t be no surprise to nobody. I told ya’ll what it was … they kept telling me you need to apologize. And I’m like, ‘I’m not f–king apologizing. He’s one foot in and one foot out. I meant what I said. I’m not f–king apologizing for something I meant to say. “After an hour and 45 minutes, they’re like, ‘You go home, you meet us in the morning. You sleep on it, maybe you’ll feel different.’ We meet and they’re like, ‘So you gonna apologize?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not apologizing.’ So then Steve tells me, ‘All right, well we’re gonna suspend you for tonight’s game.’ No, Bob said it.

“I started laughing. He’s like, ‘Well that’s not the response I expected you to have.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I feel like you’re suspending me to try to save Kevin — to try to make him feel good. Because that’s bulls–t. I ain’t never seen no player get suspended for arguing with another player. “I told them ya’ll gonna make a mistake suspending me because the only person that can fix this is me … they still did it … so I kind of patched it up. But it never was the same after that. But to me, it wasn’t the same before that and it hadn’t been the same for at least a year. It had just gone from bad to worse.”

Despite Durant winning NBA Finals MVP and beating LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, Green said K.D. was unhappy that James was still considered the better player. Durant averaged 28.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 56/44/89 shooting splits during the 2017 playoffs. “In my opinion he got the best of ‘Bron [in the 2017 Finals], like Kevin was f—in rocking,” Green said. “After that, that was kind of that moment of like, damn Kevin should be the best player in the NBA now because of what he just did to LeBron. And it’s like, you turn on the TV the next day, and the f—in headline is, ‘LeBron James still best player in the world?’ You’ve got Stephen A. [Smith], you’ve got all these people debating it, and everybody’s still saying LeBron James is the best player in the world. That’s when I kind of felt like it took a turn. And then we came back for the 2017-18 season, and Kevin just wasn’t as happy.”

According to Green, Durant’s demeanor changed, and he eventually started blaming Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for not passing him the ball. “All of a sudden it was kind of just like, ‘F—, why’s Steph shooting this shot?’ or ‘F—, he ain’t pass the ball’ or ‘Why’s Klay shooting this shot?’ or ‘Why he ain’t pass the ball?’ And I’m just sitting there like, ‘Yo, that’s the same Klay and Steph I’ve always played with. Like, they ain’t playing no different than they’ve always played.’ And I know those two guys, they’re definitely not looking you off. They may not see you, because they’ve f—ing got tunnel vision at times, which most scorers do have tunnel vision at times, and that’s why they’re great scorers, but they ain’t gonna never just f—ing look you off. I’ve been playing with them since I came into this league. That ain’t who they are.”

Green said head coach Steve Kerr – who also played on those Bulls teams – offered his own last dance analogy before the 2018-19 season began. “Steve would kind of hit on it like, ‘let’s just enjoy this year for what it is because we don’t know what next year holds,'” Green told Uninterrupted. The elephant in the room, however, was Durant’s impending free agency. “(What Kerr said) didn’t necessarily carry the same weight because what should have happened was Kevin come out and say, ‘hey man, this is it,'” Green said. “But you just can’t leave the elephant in the room. Because what happened was the question came to us every day. Every time we spoke to the media, Klay (Thompson) and myself were asked about our contracts,” Green continued.

Green said head coach Steve Kerr – who also played on those Bulls teams – offered his own last dance analogy before the 2018-19 season began. “Steve would kind of hit on it like, ‘let’s just enjoy this year for what it is because we don’t know what next year holds,'” Green told Uninterrupted. The elephant in the room, however, was Durant’s impending free agency. “(What Kerr said) didn’t necessarily carry the same weight because what should have happened was Kevin come out and say, ‘hey man, this is it,'” Green said. “But you just can’t leave the elephant in the room. Because what happened was the question came to us every day. Every time we spoke to the media, Klay (Thompson) and myself were asked about our contracts,” Green continued.

Kevin Durant admitted the way Draymond Green confronted him early in the 18-19 season during and after a game at the Los Angeles Clippers impacted his free agency decision. Stephen A. Smith asked him about that situation during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take “I wish that wouldn’t have happened,” replied Durant. “I feel like that was a situation that could have definitely been avoided. It really came out of nowhere. For us, everybody was just looking for something to tear us down with and I think they used that. It just brought in the firestorm with free agency. Every day was about my free agency. Everyday was about my disposition as a player. What I looked like on the bench. What I looked like during the game. It opened up a lot of nonsense I think could have been avoided. “Me and Draymond talked about it.”
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Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green said getting suspended last November after an altercation with Kevin Durant caused Green to question his standing with the franchise and his relationship with general manager Bob Myers. “I started to tell myself in my mind, ‘Wow, [Myers is] flipping on me,'” Green told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod during a joint interview with Myers. “And it just felt like, ‘Wow, OK, is this not the guy I’ve known for all these years? Is he turning on me?’ And I started to tell myself all of these things, and then and everybody’s like, ‘Oh my God, the Warriors sided with Kevin Durant.’ “That was the hardest thing for me, because a lot of people don’t understand me. Bob does.”

Have you talked to Kevin the summer? Green: Absolutely. I actually talked to K yesterday. You know, Kevin is my brother. He came to Golden State for three seasons. We won two championships … if someone would’ve told me, man, Kevin Durant’s gonna come to the Warriors and you guys are gonna win two championships and then have a shot at winning a third, would you take that? In a heartbeat. And so that was a major success. That’s my brother, and I’m happy for him.

On Thursday, Haynes said Durant’s “deep dive” entailed not speaking to his Warriors teammates. “There was a point with Kevin Durant when he just stopped talking to his teammates,” Haynes said during an appearance on Fox Sports’ “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “He was really on an island and didn’t have somebody that he was close with on that team. The only person he was close with was Quinn Cook, because they’re from the same area. But Quinn is a younger guy that doesn’t have much clout within the franchise.”

Haynes did not specify when this shift occurred, but said it was after the courtside spat with Draymond Green in November. “After the Draymond stuff went down and then the New York Knicks chatter started going haywire, Durant just stopped talking,” Haynes said. “He felt like if he said something, it would give a lot of credence to people saying he’s only thinking about free agency. You would see Durant leaving the arena by himself and entering the arena by himself and really not speaking to anyone.”

Shams Charania: I wrote after the verbal altercation between you and KD that the season would go two different ways based upon how you reacted. Did you realize that how you responded to the situation would impact everything? Draymond Green: For sure. That can go one or two ways; we would go one way or the other. I knew that it would go whatever way that I wanted it to go. I told Bob (Myers) and Steve (Kerr), ‘At the end of the day, the only person that can correct this is me.’ I promised them I would. I was obviously dedicated toward making that right and making this run to the Finals. I had to draw that line in the sand, and I knew what was most important to me and us. We had a championship in our mind. I understood whatever issue was there, we had to move on. At the end of the day, only I could correct it.

How did the team get through the Durant-Draymond incident? Bob Myers: “Just being a decent human being. That’s like anything in life. This just happens to be on a bigger stage. You’re just doing your job. Everybody covers our organization. We’re fortunate to be in a spot where people care about our team as much they do, both good and bad. It was just being a high group of character people and leaning on Steve [Kerr]. That allows us to get through anything, to be honest. I always hearken back to losing Game 7 at home. That was a defining moment. That was a high level of adversity. To respond the way we have, it’s a credit to leadership to Steve’s side and also the players.

I asked: Were you worried that the Draymond-Durant incident might wreck the season? “Not really,” Lacob said. “Stuff like that happens on basketball teams. Those guys are both pretty emotional guys, so it blew up. We all know what happened. No surprise. I think it’s healed. And I don’t think it’s an issue at this point. “Was I surprised that it happened? I guess, a little. But not shocked by any means. Stuff like that does happen. We’ve had remarkably few issues between players. We’re pretty much a family. These players get along better than pretty much any team you’ll ever want to see. We have to consider ourselves lucky that our players are who they are.”

I don’t see KD interact with his teammates anymore, are they ok? How about KD and Draymond do they hang out like before? We only see a fraction of the actual time these players are together, but I would say that what you are noticing is what a lot of people are noticing. Doesn’t mean they don’t chatter up constantly when we’re not looking, but usually what we see is a general representation of how it’s going between teammates. I do not believe Durant and Draymond spend as much time together as they used to.

The healing didn’t happen immediately, as things were awkward for some period of time while Curry was still a ways away from returning to the court. “It’s a very select few that have been through the struggle. We have to rely on each other and that’s what got us through, the equity,” Curry said. “We’re all different, we come from different backgrounds, different ways of seeing life and value and appreciate what everybody brings to the table. If there were 15 me’s, we wouldn’t win. If there was 15 KD’s, we wouldn’t win. Fifteen Draymond’s … we have a little bit of everything.”

The healing didn’t happen immediately, as things were awkward for some period of time while Curry was still a ways away from returning to the court. “It’s a very select few that have been through the struggle. We have to rely on each other and that’s what got us through, the equity,” Curry said. “We’re all different, we come from different backgrounds, different ways of seeing life and value and appreciate what everybody brings to the table. If there were 15 me’s, we wouldn’t win. If there was 15 KD’s, we wouldn’t win. Fifteen Draymond’s … we have a little bit of everything.”

The team that prided itself on staying in the moment had a highly dissected moment of slippage due to Green’s emotion and Durant’s impending free agency this summer. Curry’s injury stopped the early MVP conversation that hadn’t included him for a couple years, but that took second place to what felt like the most trying time of this dynastic run. He admitted it could’ve turned into a full-blown crisis “if we let it continue,” Curry told Yahoo Sports recently.

The healing didn’t happen immediately, as things were awkward for some period of time while Curry was still a ways away from returning to the court. “It’s a very select few that have been through the struggle. We have to rely on each other and that’s what got us through, the equity,” Curry said. “We’re all different, we come from different backgrounds, different ways of seeing life and value and appreciate what everybody brings to the table. If there were 15 me’s, we wouldn’t win. If there was 15 KD’s, we wouldn’t win. Fifteen Draymond’s … we have a little bit of everything.”

On top of his list was making things right with Durant. Fixing his relationship with Durant was the challenge that would test Green. It would require the best of who he is, all his wisdom and intelligence and humility. So when they sat down in Dallas, Green listened. He even came away impressed. The talk couldn’t set them on the road to recovery if Durant wasn’t willing. He was. And he didn’t use the opportunity to simply hear Green out or for the chance to exact revenge by going off in return. Durant didn’t just take the high road. He invested himself in making this work.

Green is hoping no matter what, in 20 years, when they are older and gray, they will call each other friends and it will be real. “It’s very rare,” Green said of what he and Durant have. “Obviously, we had a good relationship and then to go through something like we went through and still come out of that with a great relationship, that’s special. Those are the relationships you have for life. My deepest relationships that I have is, like, with people that I went through shit with. It could’ve been a bad argument. It could’ve been ready to go to blows. Those are my best relationships because you go through something and then you come out on the other side and y’all are tighter and better for it. Those are the special relationships.”
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In between prepping for the Warhawks in Michigan State’s first home game of a holiday tournament, Tom Izzo was working back channels, calling Steve Kerr and some of Green’s closest confidants to glean if one of his all-time favorite former players had made a mistake, lost his cool and possibly crossed the line. More than anything, Izzo wanted to make sure that Green was mentally and spiritually intact. “His number one thing, ‘I need to make sure you’re in a great head space,'” Green said of Izzo’s message. “‘I need to make sure that whatever’s going on, it don’t happen again.’ That’s amazing.”
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If the Warriors don’t three-peat, or even if they do and then Durant leaves in free agency, there will be detractors who probably will point back to the night at Staples Center when Green and Durant were shouting at each other. “I just really didn’t give a damn [about what people outside the Warriors think],” Green said of those wanting to divide Green, Durant and the Warriors. “Because I know at the end of the day, no one wants to see us win again. They would love for us to break up, for it to be broken up by that. Because they can’t, f— … can’t nobody f—ing’ beat us. So, I just look at it and laugh.”

In the aftermath of that highly publicized incident, Durant received advice from mentors in his life, from his old coaches to old family and friends. One after another, people sent him messages and calls with the same message: “Go to work,” they told Durant. “Go to work the same way.” “People I lean on told me to stay centerfield with my thoughts and my feelings,” Durant explained. “I received so many people reaching out; my former coaches saying to stay centered, stay measured, stay pushing forward and keeping my foot on the gas. At that time, we were losing games, and people were banged up, so it’s easy to go the other way when you’re searching for answers. It was about staying positive and going to work.

But on that Nov. 12 night when his former Golden State Warriors teammates lost their way against the Clippers in Los Angeles, when Draymond Green didn’t pass to Kevin Durant at the end of regulation and they feuded on the floor for all to see, the 38-year-old West found himself wondering what might have been if he hadn’t hung those sneakers up back in late August. “I’m gonna be honest,” West told The Athletic by phone last month. “The only moment (where) I said, ‘Man, I wish I was there,’ was at that Clippers game. When Draymond turned the ball over at the end — and he was going to create the play; he was going to make the play, it just sometimes doesn’t happen — at that moment, when I saw the way he was walking, and I saw KD react, and it was like ‘Oh, I know if I was there that shit wouldn’t have happened.’ That’s the only moment where I felt like, ‘Man I could’ve stopped it.’”

Have you tried to actually play a part here as far as talking to Draymond or Kevin? David West: “We’ve talked. I’ve talked to Draymond. I’ve just tried to be a voice of reason in his ear. I think that’s always been the purpose I’ve served, just to be another voice on his shoulder. He’s a competitive dude, so he’s on edge. Obviously Draymond is going to state his case, and be who he is, and he has every right to do (that). But he knows how to focus, knows how to win, and he’ll get there. He came into the year banged up, and that’s obviously frustrating for guys when you can’t come in healthy. He knows how to do it. … Steve has invited me to practice. I’m going to make my way through there, probably before Christmas.”

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant said last week’s well-publicized, in-game exchange with Draymond Green that resulted in Green’s one-game suspension will have no bearing on his future with the franchise and that he’s more than ready to move on from the incident. “Nah, [it won’t factor],” Durant told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. “Because at the end of the day, I’m just a ballplayer that’s just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball and groom my skills every day. And I want to compete on a level that once the game starts, I’m just totally comfortable with my surroundings, with just going out there and being me.”

“I was upset, but I know that I can’t hold on to something like this,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “I know that I’ve got to make a choice with myself, like how long are you going to be upset about this to the point where you’re going to let it affect what you do on the floor or how you approach the game? Once it gets there now, I got to make a grown-man decision and tell myself, ‘Look, man, no matter what, you still got to come to work every single day. It’s going to work out. It’s going to figure itself out.’ And I think everyone’s been handling it the best way they could and we’re just trying to move forward with it.”

In the end, Durant said the situation could become a galvanizing force that could bring the team closer. “When you go through some adversity in your personal relationships and you kind of lay everything out on the table with that human, that person, you start to just really get an understanding for everything,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “… I feel like we’ll all do that at some point. Not just me and Draymond, but I feel like just being with these guys for so long that you start to get comfortable.”

Kevin​ Durant’s initial​ fury​ was​ and​ remains directly tied to Draymond Green’s​ vicious words​ delivered​ on that​ Staples​ Center​​ bench. That’s at the root of the problem that, a week later, is still very much rotting the Warriors’ locker room chemistry at its core. But this potentially dynasty-altering issue — and Durant’s trouble getting over it — is so much deeper than just what Green said. It’s the inescapable result of it: a dramatic, relentless modern-day media storm of “psychoanalysis” about Durant, the thing he despises most in this NBA world and the steep price of his fame, the subject of his most rebellious rants (on and off the record) the past couple years.

So I asked some of the team’s veterans during the road trip: How much more difficult is it to push your team past this when everyone on the outside is reliving it in your face and on your screens? “The one thing I’ll say is it’s a lot more difficult in terms of people knowing everything,” Steph Curry said. “Misinformation is another thing. With how active as our guys are on social media, it’s hard not to see that stuff. “But it tests your character, makes you figure out how to compartmentalize stuff. Either you take it as entertainment or you get influenced by it. “Whatever you think, however you are in real life, in terms of how impressionable you are, how insecure you might be, how confident in yourself you might be, that’ll all reflect in how you handle it.”

What gives you the confidence that KD and Draymond will be able to move forward together? Stephen Curry: They have a lot of equity built in their relationship. They’ve won championships together. They’ve brought out the best in each other. Obviously, I don’t think they’ve had an incident to this level, but you don’t have the experiences we’ve had and go through the journey we’ve been on and let it be derailed by something like that. Obviously, from a personal standpoint, there are some things that need to work through. That’s like any relationship in life. But at the end of the day, they both understand that neither one of them is going to be the reason we don’t win a championship this year.

But isn’t it a risky move to suspend one of the players involved, and not both? Isn’t that choosing sides? “It never even occurred to us. That’s not the point,” said Lacob. “The point is, whether it would be any employee, they’d have to act certain ways to be our employee. Draymond knows that he went beyond — won’t say what he did, or what he said, or anything like that — he went beyond what we felt appropriate, so it didn’t matter who it was. “And he understands that, by the way. I’ve been texting with him, and he totally gets it. I do have a great relationship with him, and I still do.”

But what does that mean though? What form does that take? We saw you walk in together at shoot-around. So when did you guys connect? Draymond Green: Ah, you know none of that really matters. At the end of the day, we’re here to win basketball games, and it takes a certain cohesiveness to do that. And we know. We’ve done it. We know what it takes. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Sometimes in relationships, in friendships, family, sometimes it goes South, you know? And that’s just life. It’s no different than basketball. But the fact of the matter is that relationships are reparable. That’s just what it is.

Durant was upset about not getting a pass from Green before he turned the ball over in the final seconds of regulation against the host Los Angeles Clippers. Sources said Green was perturbed by Durant clapping for the ball and being upset about not getting it for a possible game-winner. Other sources said Green crossed the line when he responded with a very personal expletive-laden tirade. Those words included Green telling Durant that he succeeded before he arrived and questioning the two-time Finals MVP’s loyalty with his upcoming free agency.

In the press conference, when asked about his friendship with Draymond Green, Durant replied, “I don’t really think that even matters right now.” I ask Andre if the Warriors can win with KD and Draymond at odds like this. Andre responds, “Shaq and Kobe ain’t like each other.” Me: “But that ended in a way you wouldn’t want this to end, right?” Andre: “They won three championships in a row. Ain’t that what you want to happen?” Me: “I guess all things come to an end.” Andre: “Everything come to an end.”

While sources say that Green’s treatment of Durant on the court was the primary reason for their choice to take approximately $120,000 out of his bank account, it’s clear that his caustic comments to Durant that related to free agency played a pivotal part here too. If only we lived in a world with unending candor, where the press release might include a line like, “We’d strongly prefer that Draymond doesn’t pack Kevin’s bags for him and book his flight on one of those Alaska Airlines planes that feature his smiling face and incredible wingspan, and so he was suspended.”


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The Los Angeles Lakers trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Quinn Cook tried to get some 2K action going to pass the time in the bubble, and the results turned out to be catastrophic. Things did not really go as planned, with the servers crashing even before they could get a game in. As it turns out, there were too many spectators on the feed, so the 2K servers were unable to cope.
July 13, 2020 | 11:39 am EDT Update
Rivers: If he was in an era 10 years ago, Boban would be a big-time player. He’s just in an era where he’s 10 years too late. And he’s still in the league doing his thing, but make no mistake about it, if he was in 2003, 2006, Boban would be a force to be reckoned with. Van Gundy: I’ve always wondered if I, you know, should’ve played him more. You get so concerned with the defensive end of the floor, but with what he can do offensively, I’m not sure we wouldn’t have been better off playing him more and dealing with whatever defensive problems came up.
Van Gundy: The guy gets no privacy, yet the way he responds to people is so good and with such generosity and such kindness to people. You would think at some point you would get really, really tired of it, and he may, but he certainly never shows that and I never even heard him convey that. It’s genuine. He’s not out there faking it, and then walking around saying, “I’m really tired of this s— with everybody bugging me.” I think he genuinely enjoys being around people.
Kaminsky: The first time I ever played against Boban, we were playing in San Antonio. Tyler Hansbrough was on my team at the time. … And Boban checks into the game, and he’s standing next to him at the free-throw line, and I’m trying to talk to him, but Tyler’s standing there staring up at him, like, This is the biggest guy I’ve ever seen in my life. Literally, there’s a video, I’m standing on that side of the lane trying to get his attention, he’s just standing there, like, [Kaminsky pauses, leans back, looks upwards, mouth agape, miming what Hansbrough looked like].
The league’s first crack at sponsored entertainment for the players fell flat. On Saturday night, the NBA brought in three disc jockeys to spin records at poolside parties at each of the three Disney hotels housing players. Almost no one showed. “The first time I heard about the DJ thing was (Sunday),” Davis said. “Dwight (Howard) told me he was the only one there. I think, quite frankly, a lot of guys didn’t know about it. I know the NBA is trying to make this as comfortable as possible and as relaxing as possible for us, and just make everyone feel as home as possible.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Another African American senior league executive, speaking anonymously, asked why Eversley didn’t get interviewed for the top job. “With all due respect, I am delighted that Marc Eversley is the GM of the Bulls,” the league executive said. “But why wasn’t Marc Eversley interviewed to be the president of basketball operations? Why was there no one of color interviewed for that position? You mean to tell me that there was nobody in the mind of the leadership of the Bulls qualified to take on that job as president? Or was it just that they don’t know anybody? “So the question I’m asking is what took them so long. Somebody needs to ask the question. That question needs to be asked more and more league-wide.”
As in any industry, connectivity is imperative, and often times cultural perspective can get ignored. But that perspective is pivotal in every aspect of NBA business, from scouting to coaching to negotiations. “It’s a relationship business,” the Western Conference exec said. “You’ve got to have relationships with the players and coaches. For all of us to be connected in some form or fashion it only bodes well. There should be no separation. Everyone should be working together to push the franchise forward and win.”
Pocius went on to play for Real Madrid and Galatasaray — a team in Istanbul — with two more stints with Zalgiris Kaunas sandwiched in between. Seven years into his playing carer, Pocius initially had no intention of stopping. However, his body had a different idea. “Since I played at Duke, I had had seven surgeries,” Pocius said. “It took a toll on my body and I was in this cycle of getting injured, having surgery, trying rehab, all to come back and then have it happen all over again … I was reaching a point where I wasn’t enjoying basketball as much as I used to. I was a gym rat and I loved the gym, and it wasn’t fun being there anymore.”
Connelly looked at Pocius and said, “Well, if you just want to retire and come join us, we’ll make that happen.” Pocius thought it was a joke. And at that time, retiring seemed far-fetched. But after he made the decision to stop playing Pocius reached out to Connelly to see if the offer was still on the table. “I flew out to Las Vegas for Summer League and I met with Tim and all the other guys and one thing led to another,” Pocius said. “I’m truly happy that I decided to retire when I did.”
July 13, 2020 | 9:17 am EDT Update
Alex Poythress joined Zenit Saint-Petersburg on a one-year deal, the Russian club announced on Monday. Eurohoops previously reported on the deal between the two parties. “I am very pleased to join Zenit, an organization that plans to make a breakthrough in EuroLeague this season,” he noted upon signing per the official site of his new team, “I heard a lot of amazing things about Saint-Petersburg and can’t wait to join the team.”
Storyline: Alex Poythress Free Agency
Three weeks ahead of the NBA’s planned resumption of the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World Resort, the league’s Global Innovation Group is considering several scenarios for next season, including one that would begin in March and run through October 2021. An internal planning document obtained by Morning Consult outlines four scheduling scenarios the league is considering for next season, including one in which it would push the start of next season back to March if there is a path to a coronavirus vaccine or therapeutic treatment that increases the likelihood that its teams could host fans in their home arenas over the course of an 82-game schedule.
The document spells out a wide variety of “levers” the league could pull in developing its plans for next season depending on the state of the pandemic. These include holding a play-in tournament for the playoffs, playing with the timing of a potential All-Star Game, rolling schedule releases, increasing game density, building in buffers for canceled or rescheduled games and potentially using alternate sites like neutral markets or practice and G League facilities. One plan, which is contingent on an improving COVID-19 situation, would essentially involve the league putting on a traditional 82-game regular season, just bumped back from its usual October start date. It would feature a traditional schedule release and standard matchups (16 games against divisional opponents, 36 nondivisional intraconference games and 30 interconference games).
“Ron Adams is our resident – is oenophile correct?”Kerr asked on this week’s “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast. “In fact, when I interviewed Ron to come aboard with the Warriors in 2014, my assistant Nick U’Ren and I took Ron out to dinner to interview him. We ordered a bottle of wine. It was an Italian restaurant. They didn’t have any California Pinots, which is what we were looking for. And the waiter said, ‘You know, if you want, I’ll bring you kind of the Italian version of a Pinot.’ We said great. “So he brings back the wine, he opens it up, he gives Ron the taste – you know, how you swish it around (in your mouth)? Well, Ron became the first person I’ve ever been to dinner with who sent the wine back. On a job interview!”
The Detroit opportunity comes with a pretty dismal short-term outlook, but it also could be more promising in the longer term. Sources tell me owner Tom Gores has been willing to spend money on the things fans don’t see (staff, scouting, training resources) that make life a lot easier for a rebuilding team. Additionally, the team is at a pretty clear transition point for Weaver to put his stamp on the team. The post-Blake Griffin-trade delusions of grandeur have been replaced by the grim acknowledgment that this team needs to rebuild and it could take a while.
July 13, 2020 | 9:15 am EDT Update
Alex Poythress joined Zenit Saint-Petersburg on a one-year deal, the Russian club announced on Monday. Eurohoops previously reported on the deal between the two parties. “I am very pleased to join Zenit, an organization that plans to make a breakthrough in EuroLeague this season,” he noted upon signing per the official site of his new team, “I heard a lot of amazing things about Saint-Petersburg and can’t wait to join the team.”
Storyline: Alex Poythress Free Agency
Three weeks ahead of the NBA’s planned resumption of the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World Resort, the league’s Global Innovation Group is considering several scenarios for next season, including one that would begin in March and run through October 2021. An internal planning document obtained by Morning Consult outlines four scheduling scenarios the league is considering for next season, including one in which it would push the start of next season back to March if there is a path to a coronavirus vaccine or therapeutic treatment that increases the likelihood that its teams could host fans in their home arenas over the course of an 82-game schedule.
The document spells out a wide variety of “levers” the league could pull in developing its plans for next season depending on the state of the pandemic. These include holding a play-in tournament for the playoffs, playing with the timing of a potential All-Star Game, rolling schedule releases, increasing game density, building in buffers for canceled or rescheduled games and potentially using alternate sites like neutral markets or practice and G League facilities. One plan, which is contingent on an improving COVID-19 situation, would essentially involve the league putting on a traditional 82-game regular season, just bumped back from its usual October start date. It would feature a traditional schedule release and standard matchups (16 games against divisional opponents, 36 nondivisional intraconference games and 30 interconference games).
“Ron Adams is our resident – is oenophile correct?”Kerr asked on this week’s “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast. “In fact, when I interviewed Ron to come aboard with the Warriors in 2014, my assistant Nick U’Ren and I took Ron out to dinner to interview him. We ordered a bottle of wine. It was an Italian restaurant. They didn’t have any California Pinots, which is what we were looking for. And the waiter said, ‘You know, if you want, I’ll bring you kind of the Italian version of a Pinot.’ We said great. “So he brings back the wine, he opens it up, he gives Ron the taste – you know, how you swish it around (in your mouth)? Well, Ron became the first person I’ve ever been to dinner with who sent the wine back. On a job interview!”
The Detroit opportunity comes with a pretty dismal short-term outlook, but it also could be more promising in the longer term. Sources tell me owner Tom Gores has been willing to spend money on the things fans don’t see (staff, scouting, training resources) that make life a lot easier for a rebuilding team. Additionally, the team is at a pretty clear transition point for Weaver to put his stamp on the team. The post-Blake Griffin-trade delusions of grandeur have been replaced by the grim acknowledgment that this team needs to rebuild and it could take a while.
July 13, 2020 | 2:18 am EDT Update