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George Karl: If relationship with Rajon Rondo were any better, ‘I’d get scared’

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Asked about his relationship with Kings coach George Karl, Rajon Rondo said with a straight face:

It’s not been going too well. We got into a couple arguments the last couple of days. But, hopefully, we continue to talk and get better.

Rondo might have been joking. I think he was.

But it’s also plausible Rondo was being truthful and afterward agreed to call the quote sarcastic. That way, he and Karl could work out any issues in private.

For what it’s worth, Rondo says he was kidding, and Karl is even more positive.

James Ham of CSN California:

As someone inclined to believe Rondo was joking in the first place, I buy Rondo’s explanation. Karl seems to be laying it on a little thick – especially when this involves a coach with a history of clashing with players and a player with a history of clashing with coaches.

But as long as their squabbles/non-squabbles haven’t reached the point of public bickering, that’s a decent sign.

Stephen Curry apologizes for Warriors’ health, playoff path, success

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Draymond Green wasn’t the only Warrior firing back at perceived critics today.

A sarcastic Stephen Curry joined the fun (and to his credit, did so much more appropriately than his teammate).


I just want to say, I apologize for us being healthy. I apologize for us playing who’s in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we’ve received as a team and individually. I’m very, truly sorry. We’ll rectify that situation this year.

We try to have fun with it.

What the Warriors refuse to realize: Acknowledging the fortunate breaks they received en route to their championship is not the same as saying they didn’t deserve their championship. It’s not insulting them.

Of course, the Warriors aren’t obligated to fully understand the critiques. They’re incentivized to spin the comments into motivation.

Mission clearly accomplished.

Draymond Green compares detractors to ‘a bitter female that’s just scorned’

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Doc Rivers said the Warriors got a lucky break not playing his Clippers or the Spurs in last year’s playoffs. He didn’t mean Golden State was lucky to win its championship, a point he made crystal clear. He just meant the Warriors got a lucky break. It doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have won, anyway. It doesn’t mean much of anything. Every championship team experiences luck.

Of course, the Warriors – particularly Draymond Green – are taking that as a slight.

Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group

You see? Because scorned bitter women are different than scorned bitter men. So very different – and worse. Much, much worse.

Unless Green is just trying to have the back of Klay Thompson, whose girlfriend apparently caught the shooting guard guard cheating. That’d probably make these comments even stranger.

Chris Paul, after breaking finger, intends to play in Clippers preseason game tomorrow

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Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.

The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.

Here’s confirmation.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.

Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.

Report: David Lee, Tyler Zeller in line to start for Celtics; Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko out of rotation

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Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.

It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:

it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.

That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.

Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.

Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.

I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.

This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.