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:
U asked me if I knew during the year. This little mofo stood me up in the post twice..Hips were tripping that night. Time to hang it up bruh I said to myself in the game ✊— David West (@D_West30) October 5, 2018
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:
He wasn't the only one, it was a group effort.... ✊ https://t.co/rSwn8JPLXI— David West (@D_West30) October 5, 2018
Hart would later clap back at West, acting like he’s been there before:
Stood a lot of bigs up down there....don’t take it personal OG https://t.co/2x40PAk8TF— Josh Hart (@joshhart) October 5, 2018
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.