Warriors

Draymond makes statement on Twitter; Pistons respond

Draymond makes statement on Twitter; Pistons respond

Draymond Green was assessed a controversial flagrant 1 foul during the second overtime of the Warriors' loss to the Rockets on Thursday night.

On Friday afternoon, the All-Star forward took to Twitter:

Following the loss, Draymond didn't hold back when he was asked about the referees' ruling.

“The thought that they would call a flagrant foul never even crossed my mind," Draymond said. "A lot of other calls led up to that one call . . . I really don’t care. (The officials) are going to do what they want to do regardless. It doesn’t make no difference one way or another.

“I thought there were other calls that could’ve been called flagrant, too. I’m under the impression that if you’re hit in the head, incidental contact, I think that’s a flagrant foul, if I’m not mistaken, in the rulebook. I don’t know. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll go read the rulebook. Maybe I’m wrong. But if I’m not mistaken, I’m right. Who knows?”

Shortly after midnight, Draymond tweeted the following:

 

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

When rumors around Andrew Bogut's potential return to the Warriors began to circulate, many people were caught entirely off guard.

But it wasn't just fans and analysts who were surprised the 2005 No. 1 overall pick would be returning to help his former team capture another title. 

Bogut's agent apparently had no idea the veteran center and the Warriors had been discussing a return to the Bay Area.

“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f***? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?’”

The 34-year-old last played for the Warriors during the 2015-16 season and has been out of the NBA since January of 2018.

[RELATED: Steph explains why final regular season games are very important to Warriors]

In the four games since his return to the two-time defending champions, Bogut is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while looking slimmer and more athletic, something he attributes to drinking more beer and having a less rigorous schedule while being back home in Australia. 

The unexpected reunion has been a success so far. Perhaps when Bogut officially hangs up his sneakers he can start a second career as an agent.

It's worked out so far.

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

nurkicinjuryusatsi.jpg
USATSI

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a horrible, horrible injury during Monday night's game against the Nets.

If you watched it live or have watched a replay, you know how brutal it was. If you haven't watched the video, DON'T.

Just think Gordon Hayward, Kevin Ware, Paul George and Shaun Livingston.

It was that bad.

Shortly after midnight, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered a compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula, and that there is no timetable for his return.

Nurkic was having a monster game at the time of the injury, dropping in 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Nets in double overtime, but neither matters at this point.

Losing Nurkic is another huge blow for the Blazers, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are already playing without shooting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his popliteus muscle in his left knee.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was among the current and former players to send their thoughts and prayers to Nurkic.