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After Kawhi injury, Zaza fights back against critics: 'That's really stupid'

After Kawhi injury, Zaza fights back against critics: 'That's really stupid'

OAKLAND -- Despite the guilty verdict issued by many social-media judges, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia proclaimed innocence for his part in a play Sunday that forced Spurs star Kawhi Leonard out of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

With 7:55 left in the third quarter, Pachulia switched out to defend Leonard who launched a 3-point shot from in front of the San Antonio bench. Pachulia continued moving forward while Leonard was airborne, an action that resulted in Leonard landing on Pachulia’s left foot and aggravating a sprained left ankle.

“I just did what I was supposed to do and challenged his shot,” Pachulia said. “And I turned around and there was a call. I didn’t notice that he was down until I turned back. I didn’t see what happened there.”

Referee Marc Davis whistled a foul on Pachulia. Leonard made a pair of free throws, after which he left the game for good.

There was immediate and incessant reaction on social media, where Spurs fans and others blamed Pachulia for purposely trying to injury Leonard.

Asked if it was intentional, Leonard said he didn’t think so.

“He was contesting a shot,” he said. “The shot clock was coming down and . . . I’ll have to see the play.”

Pachulia had harsh words for those who believed he was trying to hurt Leonard.

“That’s really stupid,” he said.

“I don’t think I should be making (any) comment,” he added. “I’m not that good to be doing intentional stuff like that. I did my part. I had to challenge the shot. It was a handoff situation and I saw that my teammate was behind the screen. I had to challenge the shot. That’s what I did. And I turned around for the rebound and that was it.

“I hate anybody going down like that with an injury. I’m an athlete, too, so I know how it feels. I wish it’s nothing serious for him because we are colleagues at the end of the day. So we’re going to move on.”

NBA commissioner Silver 'disappointed' Warriors not able to visit White House

NBA commissioner Silver 'disappointed' Warriors not able to visit White House

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2017 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the Golden State Warriors not being invited to visit the White House:

“I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the President.  I am disappointed that that will not happen.  More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.”

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On his way out of OKC, Enes Kanter has Warriors-related request for Thunder

On his way out of OKC, Enes Kanter has Warriors-related request for Thunder

Editor's Note: The above video is from Nov. 3, 2016.

In a stunning move, the Thunder have reportedly agreed to include beloved center Enes Kanter as part of package to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks.

A few hours after the news of the reported trade broke, the six-year NBA veteran recorded a farewell video and posted it to Twitter.

After thanking GM Sam Presti, his mustache bro Steven Adams,  his teammates and the whole state of Oklahoma, Kanter made a special request.

"Please beat the Warriors. I'll be watching that game, so please beat the Warriors for me," Kanter said.

Tensions between the Warriors and Thunder have been raw since Kevin Durant bolted OKC for Oakland last summer. The Warriors won all four meetings with the Thunder last season and have won seven straight regular season meetings dating back to the 2015-16 season. During the 2015-16 playoffs, the 73-win Warriors erased a 3-1 series deficit and beat the Thunder in seven games to advance to the NBA Finals.