Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is hoping to become only the second NBA coach ever to win titles in each of his first two seasons. The other guy? Minneapolis Lakers coach John Kundla, who won back-to-back championships in 1949 and 1950 behind the NBA’s leading scorer in both seasons, Hall of Famer George Mikan.
It wasn’t always pretty in Cleveland and Oakland. At the end of the 2011-12 season (LeBron’s second year in Miami), both the Cavs (21-45) and Warriors (23-43) finished 13th in their respective conferences. We’ve come a long way.
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Popovich clearly believed the play was dirty, even comparing the foul to manslaughter. That sort of exaggeration is what has Pachulia so upset.
I have a lot of respect for him (Popovich), Pachulia said. In today’s basketball world, he’s a very, very respected person. So when Pop says something like that, calling me out … it’s understanding that (your words) will have an effect.
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I’m going to do defend my team, but I’m not going to send a message saying this guy killed (a player), is a murderer or whatever, manslaughter, because people take it differently. We live in a society where not everybody has intelligence, or understanding or is thinking of what’s right and what’s wrong. We’re going to move on.
Hopefully (the fans) can let it go. But you know, I’m sure that a year later, 10 years later, (his family is) still going to remember this moment 鈥?and not in a good way. It’s something where your heart breaks, and even though life goes on you still feel it in a bad way. I think that’s going to be the case.
The Spurs are just one loss away from playoff elimination, while the Warriors have their sights set on reclaiming their NBA throne.