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JJ Redick agrees with Bob Myers' assessment about unhappiness in NBA

JJ Redick agrees with Bob Myers' assessment about unhappiness in NBA

A couple of weeks ago at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talked a good amount about unhappiness in the NBA.

What he told The Ringer's Bill Simmons about many of the league's star players became a much-discussed topic in the media.

"When I meet with them, what strikes me is that they are truly unhappy," Silver said. "This is not some show they are putting on for the media."

Last week, Rockets guard Chris Paul was a guest on The JJ Redick Podcast and the former teammates discussed the Commissioner's comments (you should seriously listen to the whole episode).

Very early on, Redick revealed the following:

Bob Myers -- Golden State GM -- he was my agent when I first came out (of college). I remember my second year when I wasn't playing a lot, we had a bunch of late night conversations -- me venting to him. And I remember something that stuck with me ever since.

"He said to me, he's like, 'We represent 50-something clients -- I would say five are happy.' He's like, 'Even the guys who are making a ton of money and taking 20 shots a game...' He had a client at the time who takes 20 shots a game and he just signed a huge deal -- like four (years) for $50 (million) extension and he's unhappy.

"He's like, 'I have maybe three or four clients that are legit happy.' I kind of agree with that assessment. Think about how many guys in the league on a day-to-day basis are really, really enjoying it."

Redick's second year in the NBA was the 2007-08 season, which was way before social media became the unbelievable force it is today. So by this logic, many NBA players (not just the superstars) were unhappy prior to having the ability to check their Twitter and/or Instagram mentions.

And now, the unhappiness is amplified.

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"I believe there is something right about what he said," Paul said to Redick. "Obviously, everything we do now there's really no privacy ... some guys genuinely want to hoop, go home, chill with their families. But this is a business, this is entertainment. This is what we do, so some of this is what you signed up for.

"We gotta just try to find a happy medium, which I don't know what that is. I don't know the answers to it. But happiness isn't money. That's one thing that we do know. Happiness is not fame."

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NBA playoff schedule 2019: Warriors vs. Rockets Game 1 scenarios

NBA playoff schedule 2019: Warriors vs. Rockets Game 1 scenarios

The Warriors and Houston Rockets are on a collision course. That much is clear.

Both teams hold a commanding 3-1 lead in their respective first-round NBA playoff series and can close out their opponents in their home arenas Wednesday night.

One more win by both the Warriors and Rockets would set up the most-anticipated second-round NBA playoff matchup in recent memory.

After the Rockets pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination a year ago, NBA fans have been salivating at the thought of watching James Harden, Chris Paul and Co. getting another chance to dethrone the two-time defending champions. And the fun could get started this weekend.

If both the Warriors and Rockets take care of business in either Game 5 or 6, then their second-round series will begin Sunday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. PT in Oakland. 

If the Rockets need a Game 7 against the Utah Jazz then the Warriors would not begin their second-round series until either Tuesday or Wednesday. However, if the Jazz push the Rockets to Game 7, Clutch City will have bigger things to worry about then when Game 1 against the Warriors begins. 

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The Rockets and Warriors dueled in an epic seven-game series in last year's Western Conference finals, and there's little doubt the sequel will be just as exciting.

We just have to get there.

Draymond Green vows to play to the pain, despite wrist injury

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Draymond Green vows to play to the pain, despite wrist injury

OAKLAND - Hours after Sunday's 113-103 Game 4 victory, Draymond Green exited Staples Center with a black spint on his right wrist. After a clean MRI, Green expects to play going forward. 

"Still sore," Green said following Wednesday's shootaround ahead of Game 5. "But it is what it is. If the MRI said it was broken, by the way, I was still going to play so it doesn't matter."

Green, who hasn't missed a practice since the splint was noticed, said the pain began to increase during Game 3, even while scoring eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists. However, the injury seems to have affected his shooting, as he's making just 33 percent of his shots over his last two games. 

"It's been messed up for a while," Green said. "But in the beginning of Game 3 I got a pretty good whack on it that kind of pissed it off a lot and it's been bothering me a lot ever since but it's all good."

Despite the injury, Green said while the pain is lingering, it won't keep him from his usual exploits. 

"I'm on the floor so I'm not one to really talk about when something is affecting," Green said. "When you're out there, you're out there. So it's all good."

This season, Green has dealt with myriad injuries, including to his toe, ankle and knee. Despite the injuries, Green has been solid this postseason, averaging 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists on 45.2 percent from the field. 

"I think playing for so long you get used to it," Green said. "You're never 100 percent. You learn to play through pain, especially going through an 82-game season, you definitely learn to play through pain."