This is what happens when you cross Zaza Pachulia. During an appearance on San Francisco’s KNBR-AM “Muprh & Mac” show, Pachulia conceded his hard foul and ensuing staredown over a writhing Westbrook was not, as he indicated after last week’s 121-100 win over the Golden State, “a good steal, honestly, because I had the ball in my hands,” but rather revenge for the play before, when he claims the league’s MVP favorite threw an elbow at his face. “First of all, I didn’t mention where everything started, and maybe that’s my fault not to make it clear that I didn’t start that conversation or incident on the court,” said Pachulia.
Steve Kerr likes a good meal, and while he might like some time off more he can at least find good food in New Orleans. Kerr will be heading there mid-February to coach the West in the All-Star Game (Feb. 19 on TNT). That because official Monday night when the Rockets lost — the Warriors will have the best record in the West of Feb. 5 (the cutoff date). Kerr coached the All-Star Game two years ago, but not last season because of an NBA rule saying the same coach can’t do it in consecutive years (it fell to Gregg Popovich). This is the same Steve Kerr that over the weekend called the way the players’ treated their All-Star votes was a “mockery.” He was right. Enough players took it seriously that
The shooting guard’s primary responsibility has historically been to score the basketball. At any time, the all-time great shooting guards could just kick it into that extra gear and slap together staggering triple-double stat lines. On the road, the best shooting guards transformed into the ultimate villains, who demanded the basketball to run rough-shod over the competition, shut up the home crowd, and seal victories with clutch-time free throws.