Mavs owner Mark Cuban comes to Zaza Pachulia's defense

Mavs owner Mark Cuban comes to Zaza Pachulia's defense

Zaza Pachulia spent just one season playing for the Dallas Mavericks, but that was enough time for owner Mark Cuban to vouch for the Warriors center.

A few hours after Pachulia was at the center of controversy involving an injured Kawhi Leonard, Cuban voiced his support for Pachulia.

In response to an article asking if Pachulia intentionally undercut Leonard, Cuban said on Twitter "No. That's not how Zaza plays."

Pachulia was the focus of the off-day between Game 1 and Game 2.

Early on Monday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich went off on a rant aimed at Pachulia and his history of incidents.

“A two-step lead-with-your-foot closeout is not appropriate. It's dangerous, it's unsportsmanlike, it's just not what anybody does to anybody else. And this particular individual (Pachulia) has a history with that kind of action,” Popovich said at the team hotel in San Francisco.

“And because he's got this history, it can't just be, ‘Oh, it was inadvertent,’ He didn't have intent. Who gives a damn about what his intent was? You ever hear of manslaughter? You still go to jail, I think, when you're texting and you end up killing somebody, but you might not have intended to do that. All I care about is what I saw. All I care about is what happened and the history there exacerbates the whole situation and makes me very, very angry,” Popovich continued.

Following Warriors practice a few hours later, Pachulia was asked if Popovich's comments bothered him.

“No, not really, it doesn't bother me. Because I want to say the last time and that's it: I did whatever I had to do,” Pachulia said Monday.

The Spurs announced that Leonard is doubtful for Game 2 on Tuesday night.

 

John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

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John Wall commits to Wizards long term with huge contract extension

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

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Kevin Love closes Twitter response with 'now go kick some rocks'

On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.

Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:

[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]

A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:

On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."

In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.

The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.

Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.

Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller