After winning three titles in four years, one would expect that the Golden State Warriors would be on top of the world. However, it’s not easy being at the top, as this week has proven for Golden State. The team’s top two stars ended up in the news for all the wrong reasons. Warriors fans are betting that the team can shake off these distractions and continue to perform at a high level. They are using NJ Unibet to wager on their team, which remains the favorite to capture the 2019 NBA title. That being said, the Warriors will need to make their news on the court if they want to achieve the elusive “three-peat” and add a fourth trophy to their case.
Durant Curses out a Heckling Fan
Warriors forward Kevin Durant continues to be in the news for all the wrong reasons this month, after having gotten into it with Draymond Green during last Monday’s overtime loss to the Clippers.
Durant claims that beef was squashed, but he also got into an additional verbal altercation during Saturday’s game against the Mavericks — this time with a fan. Durant blasted the fan, who was courtside, with some f-bombs, as you can see below.
Kevin Durant to a Mavericks fan
“Watch the f—king game and shut the
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 19, 2018
KD was fined $25,000 by the league for his outburst this week, but he doesn’t appear to have any remorse. Durant defended his actions in speaking to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports about the incident on Wednesday.
“Grown men can’t come to the game and heckle grown men,” he said. “That’s corny. That’s weak. You’re coming to a game to heckle another grown man. ‘You soft! You weak! Draymond this, Draymond that, you a b—-.’ You’re going to sleep doing that as a grown man to another person?”
For those interested, Kevin Durant’s reaction as I break the news of his $25,000 fine right in front of him. Also, his thoughts. pic.twitter.com/1rWgkZV3Kb
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 21, 2018
Sure, Durant does raise a good point, but fans have been heckling athletes on the court for years. It’s nothing new. He needs to just grow up and deal with it, just like so many others in his shoes have over the years.
It’s not like he’s the first to be heckled during games — Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James faced just as much as KD, if not more. Deal with it.
Steph Curry Gets into a Wreck
Warriors star Stephen Curry has been sidelined with a groin injury, and to make matters worse, he got into a multi-car accident on Friday.
Curry was driving on Highway 24 in Oakland when he was hit by two separate vehicles, according to ABC7. He ended up spinning out and then got rear-ended. It also appeared his front bumper was beaten up, as you can see in the photo below.
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) November 23, 2018
The CHP said a car lost control on WB Hwy 24 and veered across 4 lanes of traffic. Steph Curry couldn’t avoid accident in his Porsche. After he pulled over another car rear ended his car. Dad Dell Curry tells me w/ a smile, “He’s OK. We just want his groin injury to heal.” @KTVU pic.twitter.com/iaPmmrH3W3
— Cristina Rendon (@CristinaKTVU) November 23, 2018
A car spun out exiting the Caldecott Tunnel, hitting #StephCurry's black Porsche. Curry then rear ended by another car. All 3 drivers and passengers left without any injuries. CHP says accident likely weather related. Read more: https://t.co/yd6xtmEIqg#Warriors@abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/2V0liFZ65l
— Anser Hassan (@AnserHassan) November 23, 2018
UPDATE: @nbcbayarea's @MelissaColorado spoke with Stephen Curry's dad who said he is doing fine. Unfortunately his Porsche was damaged in the crash.
Curry is still recovering from an earlier groin injury. https://t.co/NwnUUrMIYk pic.twitter.com/YUmswkeIlO
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) November 23, 2018
The good news is that Curry was OK, and made his way to shootaround before Friday’s game against the Trail Blazers.
Steph is okay and he arrived at shootaround. https://t.co/WkAVKk6x9o
— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) November 23, 2018
Hopefully everyone involved in the accident is OK.