OAKLAND – Mychal Thompson, the father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson, is unhappy that the team was able to rest healthy players including his son at Denver on Friday.
“This is a disgrace to the fans,” Mychal told 95.7 The Game as he was in town to broadcast the Los Angeles Lakers game Monday. “It is a disservice to the fans.
“My cousin has nine kids. He bought his tickets. He didn’t ask Klay for his tickets. He bought his tickets to take his kids to the Denver game for the first time for them to get to see Klay play in person. He gets there. No Klay.”
DENVER – Warriors forward David Lee has said all the right things about his decreased role this season on a team that has the best record in the NBA.
Asked if in his mind there was a silent disagreement about playing time, Warriors forward David Lee swatted away that idea.
OAKLAND – Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers repeated his contention that DeAndre Jordan is the Defensive Player of the Year before his team goes up against the Warriors’ Draymond Green.
“I just believe that DJ’s No. 1,” Rivers said Sunday. “I don’t think there’s a No. 2.
“I mean, Draymond Green’s great. I love his energy. He’s phenomenal, but DJ’s the best defensive player.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was more coy in his approach. When asked about Rivers’ thoughts that Jordan was “clearly” the Defensive Player of the Year deadpanned that Green was “clearly” the man who will win the award.
Kerr after Green led the defensive charge in a win at Boston was asked about the game being an advertisement for the Defensive Player of the Year candidacy and said, “Please write that because he deserves some accolades for what he does.”
Kerr said before the Clippers game both Green and Jordan have been phenomenal.
“They do different things, but DeAndre has been fantastic,” Kerr said. “He’s all over the place. He covers so much ground.”
Kerr said Green’s versatility on defense was important now that the league features more 3-point shooting and needs defenders to get out on those shooters.
“To have a guy who can do that and protect the rim and grab rebounds and switch on the pick and roll with point guards and stay in front of them, it’s incredibly unique and important,” Kerr said.
OAKLAND – David Lee, the Warriors’ highest-paid player, did not play in Friday’s win against Dallas.
The former All-Star was healthy, but has seen his already-diminished role shrink even more this month. The 104-89 win marked the fourth straight game in which Lee did not play in the second half for coach Steve Kerr.
“I didn’t make that decision until during the game,” Kerr said of not playing Lee. “I haven’t played Mo (Speights) much at all the last few games. I wanted to play Mo. I liked the matchup. We needed some scoring with the second group. We needed a little shooting, so I went with Mo tonight.
“I was hoping to get David out there, but I wanted to stay smaller at the four and more versatile just with our switching game. And I think our defense was really good, so I stayed with a defensive lineup. Festus (Ezeli) did a nice job when he went out there. I wanted to get him on Tyson Chandler, so once I got Festus and Mo out there, it’s hard to keep going and play 13 guys.
“At the beginning of the fourth quarter, I just decided David hasn’t played to this point. He’s a vet. He’s not a guy you put out there for five minutes and clean up the game at the end. We talked about it in the middle of the fourth and just said, ‘You know what? Tonight’s not your night, and hopefully the next game is.’ But every game’s a little different.”
The Warriors’ Marreese Speights pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge of reckless driving Monday that stemmed from his arrest in Tampa in August.
Speights, who paid $903 in fines and court costs, was originally charged with driving under the influence. He was arrested the morning after his 27th birthday and submitted to two tests showing unlawful breath alcohol content levels of .103 and .106 percent, according to the incident log.
The plea agreement was reached two months after Speights’ attorney filed a motion that evidence was obtained as the result of an illegal traffic stop, Matthew Aycox of the State Attorney’s Office of Hillsborough County said Tuesday.
A key reserve player for the Warriors this season, Speights scored six points in seven minutes Monday in a loss at Brooklyn.
Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has enjoyed a bounce-back season after returning to the starting lineup.
His disappearing act quietly comes before games.
Barnes more often than not is absent when the public address announcer calls his name unlike the other four starters who high-five their teammates.
He is usually missing during the playing of the national anthem while Warriors players and coaches stand shoulder to shoulder on the court.
The reason according to Barnes is certainly nothing against the anthem or his teammates.
TORONTO — Warriors center Festus Ezeli was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA and will miss the Boston game after the league ruled he had initiated an altercation with Tyler Hansbrough by grabbing the Raptors player’s throat.
The incident with four tenths of a second remaining in the third quarter as the Warriors led by 41 points resulted in both players being ejected, but Hansbrough was not disciplined for racing up to shove Ezeli in response.
The two players battled for position under the basket before frustrations resulted in the altercation. Officials and players from both teams rushed to separate Ezeli and Hansbrough.