Draymond blasts national media for twisting comments about Cavs

Draymond blasts national media for twisting comments about Cavs

Editor's note: The video above is from Monday, May 8 after the Warriors eliminated the Jazz in Game 4 

OAKLAND -- Draymond concluded his Wednesday news conference with an emphatic blast directed at sensationalizing news outlets, specifically ESPN.

Asked about his comments after the Warriors’ Game 4 win over the Jazz Monday night, when Green said the Cavaliers were playing “amazing” basketball during the playoffs but their opponents thus far, “not so much,” Green wasted little time addressing the issue.

“I didn’t say I was disappointed with their competition,” Green said after practice. “First off, people always want to take a piece of a statement and then say, ‘Oh, man, Draymond said the Cavs aren’t playing anybody. They never say, ‘Draymond said Cleveland is playing great basketball.’

“Everybody is always chasing the headline and the controversy. Watching ESPN is now like watching a controversial reality TV show.”

Green’s comments received wide exposure on TV and sports-talk radio Tuesday. The Cavaliers, like the Warriors, have swept their first two opponents and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Green made it clear, though, that he’s not particularly captivated by Cleveland’s first two series, against Indiana in the first round and Toronto in the conference semifinals.

Still, he felt his intent, if not his actual words, received the full embellishment treatment.

“It’s pretty pathetic that that’s what’s the headline everybody wants: ‘Draymond is disappointed with who Cleveland plays.’

“You think I care who Cleveland plays? Or how the other team plays?’ But I am a basketball fan, and I know what I want to watch as a basketball fan.”

It was apparent that Green, whose actions and opinions have a way of generating debate, felt he had been somewhat victimized.

“I don’t understand how all these things are always made so controversial -- not that it alters my daily life,” he said. “I still go home and have fun with my kids and have a great day.

“But it’s just ridiculous how everybody is always searching for the controversy.

“So there goes your headline of the day: ‘Draymond says Cleveland is playing great basketball.’ Let’s see if that one makes it.”

And with that, Green jumped out of his seat and out of the view of cameras.


Hawks sign Santa Cruz Warriors center Deyonta Davis to 10-day contract


Hawks sign Santa Cruz Warriors center Deyonta Davis to 10-day contract

Deyonta Davis is headed back to The Association.

The Santa Cruz Warriors big man signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks, both teams announced on Tuesday morning.

Atlanta's general manager Travis Schlenk used to be Golden State's assistant GM.

Davis was the 31st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. In 62 games (six starts) with the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Last summer, he was traded to the Kings in the deal that sent Garrett Temple to Memphis. Sacramento waived Davis in September and he ended up accepting a training camp invite with Golden State -- knowing he would soon be sent to Santa Cruz.

The 22-year made 43 appearances with the Sea Dubs this year and has been tremendous over his last 11 games -- 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds on a ridiculous 66 percent from the field.

G League players sign deals with the league itself, not a specific G League team. They can be signed at any time by any NBA franchise.

Therefore, even though Davis played for Golden State's G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Golden State would have needed to sign Davis to a 10-day contract to call him up. And after signing Andrew Bogut, Golden State did not have an open roster spot.

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The Santa Cruz Warriors (31-16) are currently tied for second place in the Western Conference. They have clinched a spot in the playoffs, which begin next week.

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Mike Trout contract compared to Joe Lacob, Peter Guber buying Warriors

Mike Trout contract compared to Joe Lacob, Peter Guber buying Warriors

There's always other fish in the sea, but none quite as rich as Mike Trout.

The Angels superstar center fielder reportedly is nearing a 12-year, $430 million contract extension, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported on Tuesday. Trout's extension will amount to the largest contract in sports history and the first over $400 million. 

But this storyline becomes a whole lot crazier when there's a Warriors twist. Yes, a Warriors angle for this rich Angel.

Trout's contract extension is only $20 million less than Joe Lacob and Peter Guber paid to buy the Warriors in 2010.

When the tandem of Lacob and Guber bought the Warriors for $450 million in July of 2010, the price seemed extremely excessive. Golden State was coming off only one postseason appearance in the last 16 years, and the 2009-10 team won a total of 26 games. 

It looks like these guys knew what they were doing.

Put aside the NBA Finals for a second. Forget about Steph Curry being a two-time MVP and adding a player like Kevin Durant. The price to buy the Warriors is now a steal. 

Forbes valued the Warriors to be worth $3.5 billion just this past month. Since the purchase, the Warriors have become one of the most successful sports franchises of all time, and the team is set to open a new state-of-the-art arena in San Francisco.

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Nearly nine years later, it's safe to say Lacob and Guber really were light years ahead of the league when they bought the Warriors.