Klay responds to Aldridge: Warriors 'had a better case' for four All-Stars

Klay responds to Aldridge: Warriors 'had a better case' for four All-Stars

The Warriors are sending four players -- Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson -- to the All-Star Game.

The Spurs will have one represntative -- Kawhi Leonard.

San Antonio forward LaMarcus Aldridge believes "it was wrong" for Golden State to have four selections to the Spurs' one.

"I think he had a case to make it, especially when you have the record they have," Klay Thompson told FS1's Jason Whitlock on Tuesday. "But, I think we had a better case to have four because of our record -- we're still in the single-digit loss column, coming up on the All-Star break -- which is pretty hard to do."

Aldridge is averaging 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Over his last six contests, he's registering 15.5 points on 34.7 percent shooting.

The 31-year old was an All-Star each of the previous five seasons.

The Western Conference coaches selected the seven reserves -- Klay, Draymond, DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol, Gordon Hayward, DeMarcus Cousins and Russell Westbrook.

"I can't help it -- I'm not gonna argue with it," Klay added. "I'm happy to go with my teammates and my coaching staff. It's gonna be a lot of fun.

"I never thought I'd be on an NBA team with four All-Stars, one being myself. It's pretty surreal and hopefully it won't be the last time."

The Warriors lead the Spurs by four games for the top spot in the West.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.