Just days ago, the Golden State Warriors polished off a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs, leaving Dub Nation feeling like this:
But everyone else around the game seems to be in full-on sourpuss crybaby mode:
(GIF magic courtesy of the magical Duby Dub Dubs)
Links galore! So let’s get started.
Stephen A.’s alternate universe
In a world of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” it only makes sense for ESPN’s biggest clown to “report” from the alternate reality in which he lives. How else does one explain this?
Here we go again with Stephen A. making it his pet project to tear into Kevin Durant.
It’d be one thing if Durant was a rude jerk, but that isn’t the case — not by a long shot. In his postgame presser, Durant’s body language and tone of voice are not rude, hostile, disrespectful or arrogant. By contrast, he defended and praised the dominant play of the Cavs, stated that all teams want to win big, and remarked that teams cannot plan whether they win or lose by a few points in close games or by double-digit points in blowouts.
It was only after saying all of that that Durant said — with a bit of shrug and free of any ‘tude — “If they don’t like it, don’t watch it.”
So any arrogance or disrespect is a figment of the deluded machinations of Stephen A.’s mind. Once again, Stephen A. demonstrates he is a man hellbent on clicks to keep his employer happy over, say, honesty and integrity. Plus, he still carries beef from when Durant called him a liar.
See Durant’s postgame presser for yourself: https://youtu.be/yVp5Ek0BRyU?t=4m
Of course, Stephen A. got what he wanted — a “story,” something to flap his gums about for days until the tipoff of the Finals, which means reporters are now asking about it in interviews, requiring Durant to waste time and energy on Stephen A.’s
ASS-inine asinine delusions.
Durant’s further comments are priceless (although he certainly had nothing to apologize for) and had me laughing to tears:
“I mean, life can be simple ... If you don’t like the way the game is going, just turn it off. If you’re enjoying it, just keep it on. ... I didn’t mean it to disrespect anybody, but if you felt disrespected, I’m sorry. But if you don’t enjoy the game, turn it off [and] turn something else on. If you do, enjoy the rest of it, man.”
Like, this needs to be said? To human adults? Does Durant need to show these people how to work their remotes, too?
Read the whole interview here: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/warriors-kevin-durant-comments-intended-disrespect-fans/story?id=47568544
Life really is simple — except in Stephen A.’s alternate universe, which brings me to this odd clusterfuck of situation: his appearance on Fox News. For a network already accused of peddling fake news and conspiracies, why in the hell would they invite the demented ravings of Stephen A. Smith into the situation? He cannot be trusted to offer anything of value to sports coverage, so why ask him about politics?
If you don’t mind losing a few brain cells, see the Stephen A. Smith-Fox News train wreck here: http://deadspin.com/fox-news-pays-tribute-to-roger-ailes-by-putting-the-wor-1795351670
“They Mad” ... ‘cuz they jealous
Every Warriors fan knows this.
But Dre D’Amato “The Oddball” turned the sentiment into the new Warriors anthem! Check it out here:
And just how mad and jealous are they? Check out a few of the more, shall we say, interesting hot takes:
And a quick trip through the Pounding the Rock Twitterverse provides many more:
On pulling for the Cavs in the Finals: https://twitter.com/poundingtherock/status/866856906337472512
Basic immaturity: https://twitter.com/poundingtherock/status/866856767162122241
Make that a double: https://twitter.com/poundingtherock/status/866856096836841472
Pop goes the weasel
The Zaza Pachulia incident
Gregg Popovich popped his cork and popped off at the mouth in ways that whipped the Spurs’ fan base into anger, causing some of the more despicable malcontents to threaten Zaza Pachulia’s life and the lives of his family members. Popovich is forever taking Donald Trump and others to task over irresponsible public conduct that incites things like threats and violence. So, it’s time for him to look in the mirror and apologize for his over-the-top statements that incited the worst in fan behavior.
ICYMI, these links will catch you up:
Pop likening Pachulia’s on-court play to “manslaughter”: http://www.oregonlive.com/nba/index.ssf/2017/05/gregg_popovich_on_zaza_pachuli.html
Pop’s rant incites threats of violence: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/05/21/warriors-zaza-pachulia-says-his-family-was-threatened-after-gregg-popovichs-rant/?utm_term=.8469ef8c0e7a
Zaza puts his family under security protection: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/21/zaza-pachulia-and-his-family-felt-threatened-in-the-days-after-gregg-popovichs-rant/
Voice of reason from Golden State of Mind’s very own, Sami Higgins: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/5/16/15642306/nba-2017-playoffs-zaza-pachulia-kawhi-leonard-western-conference-finals
The Mike Brown incident
For someone who regularly speaks to the media about social justice issues, Gregg Popovich showed a remarkable lack of insight into the strange event of Warriors Interim Coach Mike Brown being stopped and surrounded by police on his way to Oracle Arena before Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
From the news accounts, it’s not quite clear if this is something Pop staged as a prank or something that just happened. Either way, he laughed about it, and a black man encountering the police is no laughing matter given that it is often traffic stops for minor violations that result in black men being shot and bleeding to death in the street.
For anyone who thinks this is an overreaction, consider this chilling tweet just days later:
An eerie tale of two Mike Browns ...
Hopefully the Warriors’ security team investigated, or is investigating, what went on here so that it never happens again. Truly, this shit is not funny and Pop needs to apologize for getting giggles out of something that quickly could have escalated and cost a man his life.
Warriors Interim Coach Mike Brown on the incident: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/16/mike-brown-tells-story-of-spurs-police-escort-nearly-arresting-him/
NBC’s account, which shows Pop saying it was “so funny”: http://nba.nbcsports.com/2017/05/17/mike-brown-police-arrest-pulled-over-golden-state-warriors-san-antonio-spurs-gregg-popovich-video/
Shannon Sharpe on why this is no laughing matter: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/shannon-sharpe-warriors-mike-brown-police-reaction-051717
Question for Pop (via the lyrics of Lauryn Hill): “How you gon’ win when you ain’t right within?”
Simple answer: Oh, right. #SWEEP
News & information
A hodgepodge of links, just for you!
How that controversial rest day in March led the Warriors to 12-0 in the Playoffs: http://www.nba.com/article/2017/05/24/golden-state-run-started-rest-day-san-antonio?cid=nbacomsocial_tw_sf81912158&sf81912158=1
Andre Iguodala on sleep and peak performance: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/golden-state-warriors-star-andre-iguodala-on-sleep-screen-time-and-peak-performance-30a0d01aff15
Warriors school the world on how democracy works: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/21/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-kevin-durant-san-antonio-spurs.html
FiveThirtyEight breaks down the “beautiful chaos” of the Warriors’ offense: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-beautiful-chaos-of-the-warriors-offense/
Santa Cruz Warriors president named D-league executive of the year: http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/murphy-executive-of-year-20170517/
When a literary giant thinks you’re “poetry on wood”: https://twitter.com/msterrymcmillan/status/866140702262022145
News of the funny & strange
Golden State Warriors as Full House:
Shaq’s “in-depth analysis” of the Pachulia-Leonard play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb3yo0kfms4
The secret to LeBron’s success: https://twitter.com/shehatesjacoby/status/865309870853156864
When someone gives their 10-year-old a graphic design job, or worse — that an adult designed this crap: https://mobile.twitter.com/WindhorstESPN/status/866423420614918144/photo/1
Ummm ... :
So, a drawing of what Steph might look like after snorting lines of battery acid?
NBA Finals schedule
The Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals over the Celtics and, therefore, the likely opponent the Warriors will face in the Finals. But wouldn’t it be funny — and appropriate, in a karmic sense — if the Celtics could rebound and win the series?
Doesn’t LeBron “Jig Dancing” James deserve for this hardcore trolling to come back and haunt him? (Get it? Har har.)
Well, no matter which team finishes atop the Eastern Conference, Dub Nation still has a full week to wait before the start of the Finals. Although this may be agonizing for fans and probably annoying for players, the extra rest can only be a good thing — and a look back to the March rest day serves as evidence.
So, even if it is the dreaded Cavs that advance, hopefully the Celtics can at least win tonight — wear Cleveland down just a little bit more — so that they’re nice and tired come Finals tipoff.
Here’s the 2017 NBA Finals schedule:
Mark your calendars!
What is the likelihood of the Celtics rebounding from 3-1 down to win the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavs?
This poll is closed
They totally can do it!
Anything is possible, but I don’t see it happening.
What, are you high? No way.
Don’t forget to breathe.