OAKLAND -- Zaza Pachulia wasn’t happy with his work Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. So he took it out on an inanimate object.
The 6-foot-11, 275-pound center kicked a chair.
“Fortunately, he didn’t get injured or anything,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday after practice. “But he’s got a scraped-up shin from kicking the chair.”
Said Pachulia: “I just reacted. It was maybe not the smartest thing. But it was pretty good for me to just kind of get it out and refresh myself. I’m glad that it’s just a little scratch on my shin and that’s it.”
Pachulia under most circumstances has trouble finishing in traffic in the paint. He really struggled on this occasion, missing all five of his shots, four of which were within arms length of the bucket, with each fail sending an audible groan through the crowd at Oracle Arena.
“I didn’t perform as well as I was supposed to,” he said. “It’s part of the season, a long season.”
Pachulia, flashing his humor, invoked the name Enes Kanter, the Oklahoma City big man who earlier this season fractured his forearm punching a chair in anger. Kanter missed four weeks.
“I definitely don’t want to be the second one doing that,” Pachulia said.
Fortunately for the Warriors, Pachulia’s wounds are superficial and will not force him to the sideline.
“It was a tough night for him,” Kerr said. “But everybody has a tough night in the NBA. He’s such a competitor; he came to the bench and kicked a chair. I used to do that all the time.”
Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.
During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000.
If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring.
Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game.
Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details.
Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.
Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.
But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.
While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.
"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.
When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."
A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?
"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.
To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.
"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.