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Rockets owner goes on epic rant after Warriors' clinching Game 6 win

Rockets owner goes on epic rant after Warriors' clinching Game 6 win

James Harden, Chris Paul and Daryl Morey lost again.

They lost again to the Warriors.

No one in Houston is happy about that right now, especially Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta.

After the Warriors eliminated the Rockets from the NBA playoffs Friday, Fertitta held court with reporters and went on an epic rant. Fox Sports 26 sports director Mark Berman was there to capture the whole thing.

"Steph Curry scored 33 points in the second half. I mean, what do you say? The champions stood up and be champions," Fertitta said. "We just need to learn from it. We have great athletes, we have great players. I'm a fortunate guy to have James Harden and Chris Paul on my team, and Eric Gordon, but these guys stepped up in the second half, and that's why they are champions.

"Hopefully we just learn from it and be better, but you gotta give it to them tonight. They showed why they're the champions, and we're going to learn from it. We're gonna to come back next year and we're gonna kick their a-- at some point. I can promise you that."

The Warriors extended their NBA-record streak of winning at least one road game in their 21st consecutive series.

"They came to our home court and they kicked our a--, and that's just the way it is," Fertitta said. "They outscored us by 10 points in the fourth quarter. They won, they're the champions, and we lost."

A reporter asked Fertitta if losing at home made the loss more painful.

"Hell yes it's more painful. This was not fun," Fertitta said. "I guarantee you James and Chris and our team are very upset right now. They kicked our a-- on our home court. They beat us by 10 points in the fourth quarter. It's unacceptable. We just have to be better. And I know we're going to rise to the occasion and our time is going to come."

Harden lost in his only NBA Finals appearance while with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Chris Paul never has been to the championship round, but Fertitta claimed the Rockets will win a title with their current core.

"I can promise you, we're gonna win some championships with James Harden because we're not going to sit here," Fertitta said. "We're going to battle every year. We're going to have a strong offseason, and we're gonna do whatever it takes to be a better team. We're not gonna sit on our hands. I can promise you that."

Then Feritta finished with quotes that are sure to raise eyebrows around the league.

"I'm a fighter. That's my culture," Fertitta said. "The longer I own this team, they're gonna pick up more of my culture. We had 'em. We should have stepped on their throats the other night and cut their throats. It's step on their throats, and let's take it back to Houston and end it in six."

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Wow. Cut their throats? That's a Texan for you.

Well, Tilman, sorry to break it to you, but your team doesn't know how to step on anyone's throat. Maybe you can find some players who know how to do that this summer. Good luck.

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet''

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet''

Through his first 10 NBA seasons, Steph Curry has won two league MVPs (one unanimous) and three league titles with the Warriors. He's been named to six All-Star teams and has a scoring championship under his belt. He's on pace to destroy the all-time record for most career 3-pointers.

By most accounts, he's changed the way young players shoot the basketball.

That should be enough to make Curry a Hall of Famer, right?

Not according to Michael Jordan.

"He's still a great player," Jordan said Monday on NBC's "Today." "Not a Hall of Famer yet, though. He's not."

MJ, you're the GOAT, but this is a freezing cold take.

How did this come up? About six years ago, Jordan was asked to pick four players he'd want to team up with in a fictional pick-up game. He chose Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and James Worthy.

NBC's Craig Melvin asked Jordan if anything had changed since he picked those four and if he'd swap out any of them for current NBA players.

Jordan said he would not, and Melvin threw Curry's name out there, asking His Airness if the Warriors star should be offended.

"I hope not," Jordan said, before claiming Curry isn't yet a Hall of Famer.

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Curry has revolutionized the way the game is being played, just like some guy named Jordan did in the 1980s and 90s.

Jordan did a lot of good during his playing career, but since he hung up that Wizards jersey, not much has gone right for him. These comments are just another black eye on Mike.

 

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Kevin Durant's basketball life flashed before eyes after Achilles injury

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Kevin Durant's basketball life flashed before eyes after Achilles injury

Kevin Durant is unlikely to step on the court in an NBA game this season. The last time he did, he tore his Achilles, one of the toughest injuries for basketball players to fully recover from.

The person that began defending Durant on the play on which he was injured was none other than Toronto's Serge Ibaka, who previously played alongside the two-time Finals MVP while both were members of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The two former teammates recently met up for the newest episode of Ibaka's Bleacher Report show, 'How Hungry Are You?', and Durant confessed what was going through his mind at the moment when his Achilles gave out.

"I felt like my whole basketball life flashed before my eyes," Durant told Ibaka. "I thought about everything I did from like the first time I played until then. That was the first time that something like that ever happened to me on the court. 

"I guess it just relaxed me a bit as I thought about it because I'm like, 'Man, I've been through everything and this is something else I've got to get over, so let me get my ass up, walk to the locker room and figure out what's next."

Before such a serious thought crossed Durant's mind, a far more comical one did so first.

"First of all, when you switched out on me, I was like, 'Why would y'all switch Serge out on me?" Durant questioned with a laugh. "Even though I'm a little hobbled right now, this a bucket. That's what I was thinking.

"And it's crazy how fast your mind switches, cuz in a matter of the next second, it was like I was on the ground thinking about my whole basketball career. It happened so fast, and once I got back to the back and realized what happened, I was just like, 'Alright, man, let me figure out ... when can I get surgery?'

"I was just trying to move on to the next step so fast and not dwell on it too much."

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Little did we know at the time that Durant's next step would lead him to Brooklyn.

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