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
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’
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.
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Draymond Green compared all those disrespecting to scorned bitter females.
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.