The Golden State Warriors apparently have a powerful weapon they are only just beginning to utilize, according to sports commentators who’ve observed the team’s playoff performances.
In Game 2 of the NBA playoff season against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Golden State Warriors’ Javale McGee played one of the best short performances in playoffs history, earning 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. According to the New York Times, McGee did this faster than anyone else in NBA history, and more than twice as fast as 15 of the 19 other people who accomplished it.
By the third playoff game, McGee had averaged 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game, with 13 minutes of performance per game on average – the basketball equivalent of a lawyer beating everyone to the big compensation claim.
According to Yahoo Sports, McGee’s reputation has been less-than-stellar in the past due to an ongoing and rather public feud between the Warriors player and the basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal after the latter star made fun of McGee’s on-air bloopers repeatedly.
However, the Golden State Warriors player has demonstrated this season that he has a strong capacity for putting on a good show. Assistant coach Mike Brown described McGee in an interview, saying “We took a flier on him because we didn’t have anybody who was like him. And from the beginning of the season to now, you can see his growth patterns, particularly in understanding what he should be doing out on the floor.”
Brown added that McGee has come out of his shell around his teammates, taking to singing in the locker room. Plus, he said, the player has shown skills none of the coaches expected. “We didn’t teach his hands to be soft, and we didn’t teach the ability to catch some of these bad passes. It’s phenomenal to see him get up and get balls that you think have no chance to get caught by anybody. But that’s just a testament to how skilled he is in that area,” Brown said.
The player’s brief stints on the court have led many to wonder why he’s being limited to so few minutes, according to Mercury News. However, the newspaper quoted McGee as saying “I’m happy with the minutes I’m getting. I’m efficient as I can be and we’re winning. So I can’t be the guy that says ‘Play me more minutes than what you’re doing’ because it’s working on my behalf and the team’s behalf. So I don’t have no problem with it.”
Brown said McGee is best in short spurts. “He expends a lot of energy with how hard he plays. We feel he’s a five- to six-minute type guy. Then you sit him down,” the assistant coach said.
The player currently has a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors for $1.4 million, but Yahoo Sports posited that he may be worth more once the next round of contract signing takes place. McGee says he wants to stay, for now, with the Golden State Warriors. How that unfolds, however, is up to the higher-ups.
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Says Fans Have Called Him ‘N—-r’, Says He’s Reported it to League
Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins is speaking out about how NBA fans treat players, revealing that fans have called him the N-word during games and stating that he had reported the incidents to the league.
Cousins discussed the incidents during an interview with Chris Haynes on the ‘Posted Up’ podcast:
“Oh, I’ve been called n—-r, and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back, and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook] and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league. So, I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does, it become important?”
While Cousins spoke candidly about his experiences, he did not specific which cities in which he heard the racial slurs.
“I don’t really want to, because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base” Cousins said when discussing which cities he heard the slurs. T”here are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. [NBA] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be. But how many times am I supposed to ignore that? Me coming from where I come from [Mobile, Alabama]. They lucky all they got was a response.”
While Cousins did not mention any cities or teams, Haynes reported that one city was Sacramento, where Cousins spent the majority of his career playing for the Kings.
Steph Curry Talks LeBron James Trash Talking During Game 1 of NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is gearing up, along with his team, to defend their 2018 NBA Championship, their 2nd in a row and 3rd in 4 years, when the 2018-2019 regular season kicks off this fall, but he is still discussing the 2018 NBA Finals.
Curry and James’ relationship is seemingly in an odd place. James was “like a mentor” to Curry when curry was in college playing at Davidson, but things seem a bit icy now as Curry’s Warriors and James’ Cavaliers (James is now on the Los Angeles Lakers) met in some heated battles in the NBA Finals over the past couple of years.
Despite the shift in their relationship, Curry was still caught of guard by James’ approach, particularly in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
“It was never going to spill over to that” Curry said, during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast (h/t NBC Sports Bay Area’s Drew Shiller).
“But it was an interesting moment …I was hot because I was trying to finish out a possession, I think it was less than a minute left, I didn’t see him coming over from the weak side so I tried to do a little soft scoop layup and he pinned it. Then he stared me down and he said something to me.
“And I was like, ‘That’s what we’re really on right now? We’re about to win and you’re worried about mean-blocking my shot and talking trash?’ And then the whole Tristan and Draymond thing happened and I went back up to him and I was like, ‘Yo, what’s up? Is this really what we’re about right now?’
“And he was like, ‘I gotta do that to make sure my teammates know I’m a mentor’ and it’s a part of his leadership and that type of deal. And I was like, ‘I don’t want to be the sacrificial lamb for your leadership.’ (laughter). Come on man, that’s messed up.”
The rift goes a bit deeper than that, and a book from The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson, entitled ‘Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry’, it is elaborated, highlighting a 2016 Halloween Party thrown by James that featured a dummy of Steph Curry that was on the floor, forcing guests to step over it.
Now that the two are in the same division, thanks to James’ signing with the Lakers, betting websites will have a field day this season when the two teams take the court, and James continues his mission to topple the juggernaut Warriors.
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Allegedly Punched Warriors’ Draymond Green at Night Club
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green apparently took their on-court beef off the court as the two allegedly had an altercation at a Los Angeles night club.
When Green persisted, Thompson punched Green.
Green and Thompson got into it numerous times throughout the Finals, with Green even insulting Thompson as Thompson attempted to shake his hand following the infamous Game 4.
Here is more from The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre:
Draymond Green was not the aggressor, he was trying to make peace. Tristan felt embarrassed by the end of the Finals diss moment and just unloaded. Couple players i spoke here in LA/on social media went with, “about time”
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 31, 2018
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