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Ex-Warrior David West credits Josh Hart with pushing him into retirement

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Warriors’ former big man David West joked about Josh Hart’s post play as a factor in his decision to retire.

2018 NBA Finals - Game Four
David West won the 2018 NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors and then retired.
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Golden State Warriors former power forward David West was known as an enforcer and veteran presence in the locker room, not someone to sing the praises of a Los Angeles Laker’s rookie season.

Yet that’s exactly what West did when he tweeted some respect for the former Villanova guard Josh Hart, even going so far as to say that Hart standing him up in the post made him think about retiring:

Last season, West competed against Hart in a 116-114 overtime win at Staples, finishing with 6 points, 2 blocks, 2 assists, 4 rebounds and +5 in 17 minutes on 3 for 9 shooting. In the same game, Hart had 7 points, 2 rebounds on 3 for 5 shooting, 1 for 1 on three-pointers.

David seems to be keeping it light in retirement and on social media, later clarifying that it wasn’t just Hart that made him decide to hang it up:

Hart would later clap back at West, acting like he’s been there before:

It’s great that the NBA is back and the excitement buzzing on Twitter and in Hollywood about LeBron and the young Lakers is good for the game.

Warriors fans have always appreciated David West for telling it like it is, but let’s not carried away. Either way, it’s nice to see the big man enjoying himself in retirement.