Shaq: Kevin Durant, current NBA players 'soft, sensitive'

Shaq: Kevin Durant, current NBA players 'soft, sensitive'

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After Kevin Durant defended JaVale McGee by calling out Shaquille O'Neal, the Hall of Famer responded by telling Durant to mind his own business.

Two weeks later, Shaq had more to say about Durant.

“KD doesn’t have G–14 Classification," he told Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated“He can’t talk to me like that. He may think he does, and he’s sticking up for his teammate.

[REWIND: Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn't have any skill']

"He’s a great player, but you ain’t in the club yet (winning an NBA championship). You’re on the outside in line with (Charles) Barkley, (Karl) Malone and (John) Stockton. You’re not in the club with me and those guys. That’s why I tweeted him, ‘Mind ya business.’”

As CSNBayArea.com's Monte Poole reported: The Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.

“Just put it this way: The league is soft and these guys are sensitive, period," Shaq told SI. "I was sensitive too but I never went back at (older players). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain never said s--- to (support) me. Did I cry about It? No.

"Kareem said in the paper one time, when they asked him, ‘Shaq is doing great, he has numbers similar to yours, what do you think?’ His response was, ‘Well, he hasn’t won a championship yet.’ I could have gone back at him, but I didn’t.

"I sucked it up like a real man and was like, ‘OK, watch this.’ A lot of guys, these days, when you say anything about them they start whimpering and crying.”

Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return


Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return

The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.

Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.

The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.

Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.

The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.

Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.

The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.

The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.

Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion

Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.

Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.

Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."

Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.

The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.