Zaza's dunk, double-double helps him win bet in time for picture day

Zaza's dunk, double-double helps him win bet in time for picture day

OAKLAND -- Warriors center Zaza Pachulia has spent this season seeking a very specific trifecta, and he achieved it Thursday night, scoring 10 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and also throwing down a dunk.

Though Pachulia was pleased with the statistics he compiled in a 122-92 rout of the Orlando Magic, he more delighted with winning a playful bet.

He got to shave Kurtis Rayfield’s months-old beard.

“I just finished cutting a lot of hair,” Pachulia said, grinning with satisfaction.

“It was pretty interesting . . . the whole team was there. A bet is a bet, so he kept his word. So I respect that.”

Who is Rayfield? He is in his second season as the team’s physical performance coach, having come to the Warriors in 2015 after two season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Take a look at Kurtis next time you see him,” coach Steve Kerr said. “A lot of the guys were excited.”

What was the bet, exactly? If Pachulia managed to achieve a double-double and a dunk in the same game, he could take a razor to Rayfield’s face. In the 68th game of the season, Pachulia came through.

“You might think why didn’t it happen before,” Pachulia said. “But I was just keeping it interesting.

“We have team picture day tomorrow, so (I did it) right before. Perfect timing.”

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

In the Warriors' sweep of the Blazers, Draymond Green was fantastic.

He averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 4.3 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 55 percent from deep.

On Tuesday morning, former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson was asked about the two-time runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.

"I don't want to change him at all. That chip on his shoulder, the way he plays, as Steve Kerr will tell you -- every team needs a guy like that," Jackson said on KNBR 680. "I was that guy in San Antonio. I was that guy on a lot of teams.

"You need a guy like that to even it out. You don't want your team to be a pushover. And sometimes, his emotion might hurt the team. But you can live with that, because you got a guy going to bat for all your guys.

"He's one of the best all-around players in the league -- Top 5 -- and you need a guy like that. He makes that team better.

"He's one of those guys that puts his body on the line for a team, passes up a shot to make a pass, guard the best player and not worry about scoring -- that's my type of guy."

When the "We Believe" Warriors upset the Dallas Mavericks in 2007, Jackson averaged 22.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting over 47 percent from 3-point territory in that series.

"I say Draymond is a new version of me -- just way more athletic," Jackson added. "And I love it. I wore his jersey last year to The Finals, and I plan on wearing it again."