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Zaza Pachulia returning to Warriors as consultant

Zaza Pachulia

One of the Golden State Warriors’ former champions is now back with them.

The Warriors announced on Thursday that veteran big man Zaza Pachulia has returned to the team as a consultant, where he will be helping out on both the business side and the basketball side.

The 35-year-old just completed a 16-year career and appeared in 68 games for the Detroit Pistons last season. He played with the Warriors for two seasons from 2016 to 2018, winning titles with them in both seasons.

Pachulia made headlines for the wrong reasons during his time in Golden State, but now he will have a chance to flip the script in their front office.

Did ex-Warrior Zaza Pachulia troll struggling Klay Thompson?

Zaza Pachulia

Did former Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia troll Klay Thompson on Twitter Thursday night? It seems that way.

Thompson has been struggling with his shot and actually seems to be pretty frustrated with questions about it. In Thursday night’s overtime loss against Portland, Klay went 6/19 from the field and 1/4 at the line. He was particularly cold during a stretch in the third quarter, which is when Pachulia sent the following tweet about a hack-a-Klay strategy.

Who knows to what extent Pachulia was messing around, but there’s little doubt about whether the Warriors miss a player like Zaza. The Warriors are without Damian Jones and still waiting for DeMarcus Cousins to get healthy. They have used Draymond Green at center. They probably wish they had the veteran center back around now.

Zaza Pachulia, David West not expected back with Warriors

Zaza Pachulia

The fun may over in Golden State for a pair of veteran big men.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Saturday that versatile stretch forward Jonas Jerebko plans to sign with the Warriors upon clearing waivers.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic then revealed that Jerebko’s expected arrival virtually guarantees that Zaza Pachulia and David West will not be back.

While JaVale McGee signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, the Warriors already brought back Kevon Looney on a one-year minimum deal and, of course, signed DeMarcus Cousins to their one-year midlevel exception.

Pachulia and West were seeing little playing time anyway, and they probably won’t be hanging their heads too much. After all, they got two championship rings each and a fair amount of notoriety out of the ride.

Watch: Zaza Pachulia involved in another questionable incident

Zaza Pachulia played only five minutes in Wednesday’s blowout loss to the Houston Rockets, but it sure looks like he made the most of it.

During the Golden State Warriors’ 127-105 defeat in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Pachulia was involved in what appeared to be yet another questionable incident. The veteran big entered the game in garbage time and got switched onto Rockets star James Harden on the perimeter during one sequence. Harden stepped back for a three, and Pachulia, as he closed out, seemed to take an extra shuffle towards the MVP frontrunner’s landing feet.

Pachulia did not ultimately make any contact, and since the game was already decided, Harden checked out of the contest for the evening just seconds later. Thus, the episode flew largely under the radar. However, Pachulia, of course, has a controversial history when it comes to endangering superstars, so it is probably fair game to scrutinize him a bit for this latest incident.

Spurs fans give Zaza Pachulia harsh treatment

Zaza Pachulia

Almost a year has passed since his incident with Kawhi Leonard last postseason, but Zaza Pachulia is still Public Enemy No. 1 in San Antonio.

Pachulia’s Golden State Warriors played the Spurs in San Antonio on Monday, and the seven-footer was given quite the brutal treatment by the home crowd. The Mercury News’ Mark Medina detailed how Spurs fans showered Pachulia with far more than the usual boos, jeering him when he touched the ball and even going so far as to laugh and applaud at his in-game missteps.

As hinted at above, Pachulia has been reviled by the San Antonio faithful ever since he appeared to step underneath Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last year’s Western Conference Finals. It also doesn’t help that Leonard has yet to return to form ever since, be it from that injury or from various others.

Granted, the Spurs got the 89-75 victory over the short-handed Warriors on Monday, and Pachulia finished with a mere six points and three rebounds. That might not be enough to appease the local fans though, as they probably would have preferred for Pachulia to never have been let back into the city.

Zaza Pachulia reportedly will not be punished for fall on Russell Westbrook

Zaza Pachulia Russell Westbrook

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia will not be disciplined by the NBA for his fall on Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook accused Pachulia of landing on him with intent to injure, which Pachulia has denied. The NBA, it seems, has sided with his view of things.

Ultimately, the NBA likely determined that there was nothing clear enough about the incident to justify taking action. That will come as a major disappointment to some players, who are clearly fed up with Pachulia’s actions.

Kevin Durant does not think Zaza Pachulia intended to hurt Russell Westbrook

Zaza Pachulia Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant defended teammate Zaza Pachulia, saying he doesn’t think Pachulia intended to hurt Russell Westbrook.

During Saturday’s game between the Warriors and Thunder, Pachulia appeared to fall intentionally on Westbrook while the Thunder guard was on the ground after losing his balance.

Pachulia’s landing on Westbrook looked to be unnecessary. Not surprisingly, Westbrook and teammate Paul George felt the dive was intentional.

On Sunday, after looking at replays of the incident, Durant said he didn’t think Pachulia intended to hurt Westbrook.

Durant may be in the minority on this one. We know how members of the Thunder feel about what Pachulia did. Kyrie Irving went a step further, saying the NBA “has to take a look at this man.”

Kyrie Irving thinks NBA needs to address Zaza Pachulia

Kyrie Irving

Zaza Pachulia’s misdeeds are drawing near-universal rebuke around the NBA.

In a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night, the Golden State Warriors center again became the subject of controversy after he appeared to intentionally fall on the legs of Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook.

Reacting to a video of the play on Instagram, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving commented that the NBA needed to address Pachulia after this latest incident.

“The league has to take a look at this man,” Irving wrote, according to Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript. “That s— is ridiculous.”

For his part, Pachulia scoffed at claims of him being a dirty player despite many, including Westbrook, saying just that after Friday’s game. The veteran big man’s history over the years more than speaks for itself though, and there really seems to be no reason to offer him the benefit of the doubt anymore.

Zaza Pachulia dismisses claims of him being dirty as ‘childish’

Zaza Pachulia Russell Westbrook

Zaza Pachulia dismissed claims made by the Oklahoma City Thunder after Saturday night’s game of him being a dirty player as “childish.”

Pachulia was seen diving on top of Thunder star guard Russell Westbrook late in the third quarter. Pachulia’s dive on top of Westbrook appeared to be completely unnecessary.

After the game, Westbrook said he thought it was intentional.

“Obviously it was intentional. Nobody touch me, he fell over my leg, tried to hurt me … that’s how it go,” Westbrook said of the play.

Asked if he thought Pachulia was a dirty player, Westbrook said, “Yeah, for sure.”

Westbrook’s Thunder teammate, Paul George, agreed that Pachulia fell on Westbrook intentionally.

Pachulia was confronted with the claims made by Thunder players that he is dirty. He dismissed it all as “childish” and said he wouldn’t respond.

Pachulia doesn’t want to respond because he knows it’s true.

His list of offenses is long.

– He took a groin swipe at Iman Shumpert in the NBA Finals
– He stepped under Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference finals and injured him
– He smacked Luke Babbitt in the face
– He also has a history with Westbrook

Here is all the evidence you need to see to know about Pachulia:

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Watch NBA stars read Kevin Durant’s hilarious old tweets

Kevin Durant had an … interesting… Twitter feed years ago. As we were reminded when Durant went on a tweet storm responding to his haters after the Warriors won the title last month, “Iceberg Slim” — who has a reputation for being soft-spoken and shy — is anything but that when it comes to social media. The man puts himself out there.

From shooting his shot at celebrities to making random observations about gut issues, K.D. was an active tweeter in the early 2010s. A sampling of his tweets:

Yes, the superstar’s feed was #random indeed, and the sports world would be more entertaining if he returned to tweeting regularly. In a hilarious spin on “Mean Tweets,” SLAM had current NBA players read Durant’s old tweets during red carpet interviews at the ESPYS. Watch the incredible video below:

One of the funnier moments occurs at the 1:00 mark, when Pistons forward Andre Drummond reads a tweet from Durant directed at Amber Rose. Another funny one comes shortly thereafter, when Warriors teammate Zaza Pachulia reads a tweet about Durant soaking his feet in hot grits.

At the 2:10 mark, Durant’s mother, Wanda, even gets in on the fun. Between this and the Peyton Manning joke, it may seem like Durant took a beating at the ESPYS — but it was all in good fun, and Durant was reportedly in on Manning’s monologue joke.