Zaza Pachulia

Klay Thompson roasts BFF Zaza Pachulia on 'Get well soon' IG post

Klay Thompson roasts BFF Zaza Pachulia on 'Get well soon' IG post

During his two seasons with the Warriors, veteran center Zaza Pachulia formed an unlikely bond with All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson.

During their time together, Zaza and Klay started a friendly in-season dunk competition and traded playful barbs on social media.

The back-and-forth continued on Monday after Zaza posted a "Get well soon" note to Klay on Instagram.

Klay was quick to fire back at his buddy.

"Thanks my guy 🙏🏽 . I still jump higher then you with one leg 🦵 🐰," Thompson wrote.

Zaza had to know a shot was coming back his way.

As you know by now, Thompson tore his left ACL in the Warriors' brutal Game 6 NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors. And as a pending unrestricted free agent, he's set to sign a massive contract in a few weeks. The timing couldn't have been worse for the five-time All-Star.

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The Warriors haven't announced an update regarding Klay's injury, so we don't know when he will have surgery or how long he will be out, but he's expected to miss a large portion of the 2019-20 season.

At the very least, we know that Klay will stay busy during his recovery by taking shots at Zaza on social media.

Russell Westbrook receives flagrant foul for smacking Zaza Pachulia

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Russell Westbrook receives flagrant foul for smacking Zaza Pachulia

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or, sometimes, just with a flagrant foul.

You'll have to take Russell Westbrook's word for it. The Oklahoma City point guard once promised retribution towards former Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia, and he got it Friday night in a matchup between Westbrook's Thunder and Pachulia's Detroit Pistons.

Let's rewind the clock:

On Jan. 18, 2017, Pachulia -- then with the Warriors -- was assessed a Flagrant-1 for a hard foul on Westbrook late in the first half, which resulted in Westbrook lying face-down on the floor, and Pachulia standing over him.

Following that game, Westbrook didn't hold back, saying "I'm gonna get his a** back. Straight up ... I don't play that game. I'm gonna get his a** back. Whenever that is, I don't know what it's gonna be ..."

Fast-forward a year to Feb. 24, 2018. Pachulia fell on top of Westbrook's legs underneath the Warriors' basket, an act Westbrook deemed intentional following the game.

"Obviously, it was intentional," Westbrook declared. "Nobody touched him and he fell on my leg, tried to hurt me."

When asked if Pachulia was a dirty player, Westbrook responded, "Yeah. For sure."

Which brings us to Friday night, just over a year since that most recent incident.

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There's no question Westbrook was attempting to give a hard foul, and based on the officials' assessment -- they gave him a Flagrant-1 after review -- he went a little overboard.

There's still a decent chance the Warriors and Thunder could face off in the first round of the playoffs. Pachulia wouldn't be in that series, obviously, but here's assuming that won't stop Westbrook from finding a reason to get worked up for it.

Zaza Pachulia gets 2018 championship ring, visits ex-Warriors teammates

Zaza Pachulia gets 2018 championship ring, visits ex-Warriors teammates

OAKLAND – Even now there are times when the Warriors long for the assets of Zaza Pachulia, who did so many “little” things exceptionally well that it amounted to a unique greatness.

Take his picks, for example. Zaza is one of the best in the NBA at using screens to get in the way of defenders trying to get to his shooters.

Take his humor, for another example. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center was quick with a quip, which often was made funnier by an accent from the Republic of Georgia.

Pachulia, one of the league’s ultimate blue-collar teammates, returned to Oracle Arena on Sunday as a member of the Detroit Pistons. He wanted to beat the Warriors, with whom he spent the past two seasons, but he wanted a reminder of the success he enjoyed with them.

Zaza wanted the jewelry he earned as a member 2017-18 NBA championship team.

He was presented his ring by the teammate to whom he was closest: Klay Thompson. The two met at midcourt a couple minutes before tipoff, with Thompson presenting the ring and Pachulia receiving a long ovation as a video tribute played on the big screens above.

“The championship ring experience is amazing,” Paculia said before the game. “But what I value the most is the friendships and relationships I’ve built with some of the guys and the things I learned from the coaches.

“That’s the most important thing because life is more than basketball. The friendships and relationships are going to go on for the rest of my life. I’m just lucky to experience such a time with this team on the court and, more important, off the court.”

Pachulia made 127 regular-season starts and 15 more in the postseason during his two seasons with the Warriors. His two young sons, Davit and Saba, were regular visitors at the Warriors practice facility in downtown Oakland, using the place as their playground.

Pachulia exchanged pregame hugs with most of the Warriors, with Kevin Durant interrupting his pregame routine to for several minutes to engage in conversation with Zaza and his sons.

[RELATED: Zaza shares Steph's text message]

“It’s great seeing them,” Pachulia said of his former teammates. “We’ve been in a lot of battles and winning a championship brings you even closer . . . because you truly understand each other. Without the culture and chemistry that you build, it’s impossible to win.

“Those guys are special to me. They’ve been great to my family and I call them family as well.”