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Warriors broadcaster reveals story, Zaza jokes 'we have some snitches'

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Warriors broadcaster reveals story, Zaza jokes 'we have some snitches'

Zaza Pachulia will soon head back to his home country of Georgia.

But before leaving, he found some time for a radio hit.

On Wednesday, he had the following exchange with Warriors TV broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald on KNBR 680.

Fitzgerald: "I want to tell a behind-the-scenes story that I didn't clear with you but hopefully you're OK with:

"Early last year ... there's a film session, and you don't speak that much during the film sessions -- you and David West are kind of the quiet professionals -- but you did speak up in this film session. I have this on pretty good authority.

"That guys were getting knocked down after layups and getting fouled, and you kind of said: 'How come our guys get knocked down and nobody goes to help pick them up? What's going on with the Warriors that we care about each other and love each other and we play for each other, when I see guys getting knocked around, how come nobody goes to help their teammates up?'"

Pachulia: "Wow."

Fitzgerald: "And I know from Steph and Klay and everybody kind of said, 'Hey, Zaza's right. What the hell we doing here?'

"And I started noticing all the games after that -- people hit the deck there were a bunch of Warriors to go help them up. What made you say something that day?"

Pachulia: "First of all, I can tell we have some snitches in the team (laughter from all). That's crazy...

"You just have to bring your presence basically, and honestly, this team is so good in knowing how to win and what it takes to win a championship, what it takes to be professional. There's not that much to say.

"But one little thing in talking about your teammate falling down and the whole team is running to him to pick him up, it shows how much we care about each other, it shows the unity, it shows the chemistry of the team.

"It's so important because it's something that you feel like if your teammate has your back, it's something that the opponent recogznies and sees it and sees how together we are on and off the court, and fans see it as well.

"It's a little thing but makes a huge difference...

"I'm still shocked. I'm gonna go back to my first comment. I'm still shocked ... gotta be careful moving forward (laughing)."

Pachulia started all 70 regular season games he appeared in last season, and is expected to be the Warriors' starting center again next season.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.

 

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

 

Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.