Livingston upset with Griffin, Clippers after Warriors' loss


Livingston upset with Griffin, Clippers after Warriors' loss

LOS ANGELES – The Warriors didn’t like what they put out on the floor Tuesday night, and they were no less pleased at how the Clippers went about their business.

Though most Warriors either bit their tongues or kept their frankest comments “off the record,” veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a former Clipper, was too bothered to keep quiet about some of the things that took place in a 130-95 preseason loss at Staples Center.

“They were out there talking. If they want to talk, we want to talk,” Livingston told CSNBayArea.com. “We’re not going to just back down. They’re up 20 and talking, up 30 and still talking.

“It is what is. It’s the game. But just play the game. That’s all.”

Normally among the mellower players in the NBA, Livingston felt pushed to the edge not only by what was being said but also by the physical hijinks of Clippers star Blake Griffin. Livingston was particularly annoyed that Griffin was so animated during a preseason game.

“He’s going with all these antics; just play,” Livingston said. “He’s out here wrapping me up, putting elbows to my forehead. Ok. I understand. Don’t get me wrong. They want to beat us.

“That’s just what you have to deal with. I see it. I recognize it.”

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Livingston is not averse to reminding younger players – opponents or teammates – of his 12-year tenure in the league. He has been through mental and physical anguish at levels beyond what most players will ever know.

Which made it all the more galling that Griffin – who was called for one of five technical fouls called against the Clippers – would resort to what Livingston clearly considered cheap shots and gratuitous roughhousing.

“I’ve got 12 years in this thing, and you’re out here trying to throw elbows at me and wrap me up and do all that,” Livingston said. “That makes no sense to me. Just play and you don’t have to do all of that. You’re big enough and strong enough that you can just box me out without doing all of that.”

Livingston, who started at point guard in place of a resting Steph Curry, is 6-foot-7, 185 pounds. Griffin is 6-10, 251. Griffin has a history of tangling up with an assortment of Warriors, as well as players from other teams.

The entire evening, however, got under Livingston’s skin and has him eager for the next meeting between the teams. That will be on Nov. 4, when the Clippers come to Oracle Arena for a regular season game.

“I’m going to be right there in the foxhole,” Livingston said. “It’s going to be everything that it’s built up to be, as far as the energy. Now we know that it’s put up or shut up.”

Warriors' Steph Curry reveals Wi-Fi name, more in wide-ranging interview

Warriors' Steph Curry reveals Wi-Fi name, more in wide-ranging interview

The game "21 Questions" could make for a less awkward first date -- and not only because your date showed up looking completely different from their photos on the app.

It's also a great way to get to know Steph Curry.

The Warriors' star guard didn't surprise us with too many of his answers during an interview with "House of Highlights" while he was on the Under Armour Basketball Asia Tour.

For starters, his all-time favorite sneakers are the Under Armour Curry 1s. And he would eat pizza for the rest of his life if he could -- with pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms. 

The two-time MVP also let the world know he pays for his own Netflix account (must be nice) and makes sure to brush his teeth as soon as he wakes up.

But ...

When asked which player gets under his skin the most, it seemed like it would probably be a current teammate of his. But, it's actually his brother Seth. Which, now that I think about it, makes sense:

Imagine having Steph be your brother and you want to do everything in your power to try to jinx him ... yeah, good luck with that.

The six-time All-Star keeps it in the family when he says his No. 30 jersey number was inspired by his dad, Dell Curry, who sported the digits across his 10-year NBA career. 

[RELATED: Curry reveals prank Dubs veteran played on him as rookie]

But the most fun and important nugget we found out during the quick interview was what the name of his Wi-Fi was.

"Spicy Curry," he said.

Nice. Very nice.

How Warriors' salary-cap expert played pivotal role in NBA free agency

How Warriors' salary-cap expert played pivotal role in NBA free agency

Few people were busier at the onset of NBA free agency than David Kelly.

Kelly, Golden State's general counsel and vice president of legal basketball affairs, serves as the team's salary-cap expert. Once Kevin Durant informed the Warriors he was going to join the Brooklyn Nets when the free-agency moratorium began on June 30, Kelly had to get to work. 

“Everything has to be in order,” Kelly told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson in a feature published Tuesday. “[Warriors general manager Bob Myers'] big thing is, ‘If you’re telling me this is right, be right. When you say it’s right, be right. I need to know that you’re on top of this.’ So you have to know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. And it’s true with this stuff even more than a lot of things because the rules, they’re not intuitive. Sometimes you wonder, ‘Why is it that you can’t use this or that?’ It doesn’t necessarily make sense. But if you trip it, that’s a wrap.”

As Thompson outlines, Kelly had to navigate the convoluted maze of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement in order to ensure the Warriors were cap-compliant. It wasn't so simple as signing-and-trading for D'Angelo Russell, re-signing Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, adding Willie Cauley-Stein and parting ways with veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. For Kelly, the sequence of moves mattered more than the moves themselves. 

For instance, Kelly told Thompson that the Warriors could not sign second-round picks Alen Smailagić and Eric Paschall until after the Russell sign-and-trade was finished. Since both players ultimately were signed using the mid-level exception in order to retain their Bird Rights, the Warriors couldn't sign them until the Russell deal was official. The Warriors wouldn't have been able to do a sign-and-trade otherwise, which Kelly realized when dotting 'i's' and crossing 't's.'

“That was like, ‘Whoa. Wait a minute. Hold the presses. Slow everything down,’" Kelly told Thompson. "And it’s not like the deal almost blew up. But it’s a moment where, if you aren’t as diligent, that’s what happens. This is how things get screwed up. And there might have been a way to get around it. But we don’t even want to go down that road.”

[RELATED: Will Paschall be an instant contributor for Dubs next season?]

The Warriors "circled Russell as an option months earlier when mapping out the potential scenarios" in free agency, according to Thompson. The transaction that caught NBA fans off guard more than any other on the first day of free agency resulted from long-term planning and quickly came to light in part because of that planning.

But Kelly's diligence allowed it to come to fruition.