Warriors have turned into whiners, and Steve Kerr and Bob Myers know it
To some NBA observers, the Warriors have devolved from a charming bunch in the aw-shucks persona of Stephen Curry to a group of incessant whiners, a notion not lost on GM Bob Myers.
With 35 technical fouls so far this season, Golden State is tied with the Suns for the most in the league. Draymond Green (shocker!) leads the NBA with 14 technicals, and Kevin Durant �� as if his decision to join the already-stacked Dubs wasn’t enough to stir up fan resentment �� is second with 11 and has been ejected from four games this season.
The behavioral situation seemed to reach a crescendo Tuesday, when the Warriors were hit with five technicals and Green was ejected in a 125-105 loss at home to the Thunder.
After that display �� and in context of the entire season �� Myers sat down with the team before Thursday’s game against the Mavericks to discuss this on-court conduct, NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Likable or not, the Warriors are rolling again, owning the best record in the NBA (42-13) and primed to claim their third title in the last four seasons. Still, the feeling within the organization is they should do better.
We all need to do a better job of staying poised. I don’t like the look of the constant complaining, myself included. We have to get better with that, Kerr said.
We need to represent our team in a better light.
And if I need to convince you come here, to carry that legacy forward, then you ain’t the one to be it.
Bryant, who spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, won five NBA championships and was named the NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 title is the last time the Lakers won a championship and they haven’t even made the playoffs since getting swept in the first round by the Spurs in 2013. But the Lakers, who are 23-34 at the All-Star break this season, are still one of the NBA’s most storied franchises with 16 championships. Bryant thinks that should be enough to tempt the likes of Paul George, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard or Klay Thompson.
When you’re here, the most important thing is winning championships. I don’t care about anything else. It’s winning championships, Bryant said. You don’t have to like each other, but you will show up to practice every day and play hard, you will focus and commit to winning, and you know, if that’s the case, then you’ll be just fine.