Jackson: 'I'm fighting for my life; my guys fighting for their lives'
OAKLAND – The Warriors acknowledge the Clippers have spent the past week in the social wringer after their owner's bigoted comments, audio of which was released last weekend, left the entire team seething.
The Warriors, however, have a response.
They would like to remind everyone that they also have endured more than their share of stress from matters beyond the control of those who actually play.
"That was one incident," forward Draymond Green said Friday, referring to the controversy surrounding comments made by Donald Sterling.
"But everyone knows the stories we've been hearing about the entire year. So everybody knows it went on. We're battle-tested. We're going to continue to play."
Green is referring to preseason insinuations that the team would be set back by the loss of assistant coach Michael Malone. And the reports of a rift between coach Mark Jackson and CEO Joe Lacob. And the demotion of assistant coach Brian Scalabrine, followed by the firing of assistant Darren Erman, leading to highly publicized reports of Jackson presiding over systemic "dysfunction." And the reports that Jackson has barred executive board member Jerry West from team practices.
Did we miss anything? Oh, yeah, the tornado in a thimble in the wake of Jackson's comment about how Andrew Bogut might have sustained a shoulder injury.
All of which has resulted in the team operating for the majority of the season under the belief that Jackson's future is not secure.
"We've had more controversy than them actually throughout the whole season," forward Andre Iguodala said.
To be sure, this Warriors season, their winningest in 22 years, has been quite the melodrama.
Maybe it's only natural, then, that they'd be at least co-stars in one of the most explosive stories in NBA history – during a postseason already shaping up as among the most compelling.