Ayesha Curry says she “didn’t think about the ramifications” when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry‘s Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.
Curry tells People magazine she regrets the ways she voiced how hurt she was and didn’t mean to offend anyone. She says what she wrote isn’t what she thinks about what her husband does for a living.
Stephen Curry tells the magazine he knows where his wife was coming from and adds that he’s advised her to ignore what people say, because “you’re not going to win any battles on Twitter.”
Ayesha Curry is a popular social media personality with 3.7 million followers on Instagram and 637,000 on Twitter.
The frustration might have cut both ways.
Golden State players, led by Draymond Green, recruited Durant all season. That got awkward when Oklahoma City faced the Warriors in the Western Conference finals, especially when Green repeatedly kicked Steven Adams in the groin.
“I know Russell (Westbrook) was bothered by — and some other teammates were too — of, like, there was some knowledge there that Draymond (Green) was in contact with Kevin (Durant) all season long and they’re in a playoff series and I know there was some conversation around the Thunder team of ‘Hey man, this guy kicked Steven Adams in the nuts twice in this series and what are you doing hanging out with this guy? What’s the relationship? We’re trying to beat these guys.’”
I believe Durant was committed to helping the Thunder beat the Warriors in the playoffs. Durant obviously knew free agency was ahead, but he played hard and well throughout the series — though, like his teammates, his production slipped as Oklahoma City dropped the final three games.
But I understand his teammates’ concerns. They can’t get inside Durant’s mind and know his intentions. A cozy relationship with Green can easily be misconstrued — or properly construed! — as a distraction.
Durant opened the door for the questions.
That might have been the best of bad options. It’s unfair to ask Durant to shun a friend because his coworkers object. But the particular issue is how Durant and Green interacted during the conference finals. Many friends have faced each other in the playoffs, and they typically distance themselves during that period.
If Durant kept Green at arm’s length during the conference finals, Durant’s former teammates — while having the right to be upset — probably couldn’t ask for more. If Durant and Green were still outwardly chummy, Westbrook and co. have a more legitimate objection.
Markieff Morris will carry that torch.
Kyle Weidie of TruthAboutIt.net:
I don’t think it’s right, but it is what is.
You know what I mean by that. That ain’t right.
The money is going to be there for anything. It’s not about. It’s the whole situation. You don’t do that, man.
I wouldn’t have went there, for sure. First of all, they just beat us. And so that’s more important. I would have been a fire inside me to beat them next year. But a lot of guys are different. I just didn’t expect that from Durant. I know him a little bit, and I didn’t expect that.
Here’s my only problem with this: Morris equating “I wouldn’t have went there” with “That ain’t right.”
Morris can make the best choices for Morris, but that doesn’t mean Durant should follow Morris’ values. There’s room for more than one way of thinking, that can include respecting others
Dwyane Wade is the best player in Miami Heat history.
LeBron James hit a higher peak, but he didn’t accomplish nearly as much in four years as Wade did in 13. Shaquille O’Neal spent even less time than LeBron in Miami and was too far into his decline to earn the title. Alonzo Mourning never reached Wade’s heights in top-end performance, longevity or playoff success with Heat.
Wade has defined the franchise since he led Miami to the 2006 title. Recruiting LeBron and Chris Bosh to the Heat and winning championships in 2012 and 2013 only further cemented Wade’s Heat legacy.
And now he’s playing for a new team.
Wade, who agreed to terms with the Bulls, grew up in Chicago and said he always envisioned himself in a Bulls jersey. For the rest of us, it’ll be a shocking sight.
There’s a history of great players who’ve established such a strong identity with one team then played for another, though. Here are players who’ve made at least eight All-Star appearances with their first NBA team then switched teams:
|Player||First team||All-Star berths with first team||Next team(s)|
|Karl Malone||Utah Jazz||14||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Bob Cousy||Boston Celtics||13||Cincinnati Royals|
|Michael Jordan||Chicago Bulls||12||Washington Wizards|
|Hakeem Olajuwon||Houston Rockets||12||Toronto Raptors|
|Patrick Ewing||New York Knicks||11||Seattle SuperSonics, Orlando Magic|
|Dwyane Wade||Miami Heat||10||Chicago Bulls|
|Paul Pierce||Boston Celtics||10||Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers|
|Kevin Garnett||Minnesota Timberwolves||10||Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Oscar Robertson||Cincinnati Royals||10||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Gary Payton||Seattle SuperSonics||9||Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat|
|George Gervin||San Antonio Spurs||9||Chicago Bulls|
|Clyde Drexler||Portland Trail Blazers||8||Houston Rockets|
|Dave Cowens||Boston Celtics||8||Milwaukee Bucks|
Hakeem Olajuwon with the Raptors and Patrick Ewing with the Sonics and Magic are common comparisons, but this doesn’t always go so badly. Wade is probably too old to match Oscar Robertson’s success with the Bucks, but Clyde Drexler with the Rockets is a reasonable best-case scenario.
Either way, the odds are strongly against us remembering Wade as something other than a Heat great who spent a couple late years elsewhere. No matter how it seems today, his Miami connection is that strong.