Warriors forward Kevin Durant said his ejection Tuesday was the result of official James Williams getting personal, something Durant believes is part of a trend in the NBA.
Durant told reporters after his team’s victory over the Knicks that Williams was looking to toss him “because he was still in his feelings” over Durant telling Williams in the first half he was wrong to call Durant for carrying.
Although Adebayo doesn’t have the upside of fellow rookies Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum or Donovan Mitchell, there’s no doubt he has a future in the NBA as a starting center. He’s a remarkable athlete and an elite defensive prospect who can do enough offensively at this stage of his development to stay on the floor. There is some skill overlap with Hassan Whiteside, but Adebayo has the potential to replace Whiteside when he becomes a free agent in 2020 — and possibly sooner if Whiteside turns down his player option following the 2018-2019 season, or if the Heat decide to trade him.
Thomas has been the focus of controversy this week as there were reports he led the charge against Love in a heated team meeting Monday. Then it came out a couple of days later that teammates were frustrated with their point guard.
Players apparently had grown tired of Thomas harping on the team’s defense and not practicing enough. They pointed out he wasn’t allowed to practice on back-to-back days or play on back-to-backs, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
Despite those facts, Thomas once again complained about the team’s defense and deflected blame from himself Saturday.
“We’ve been a lowest five [rated] defensive team in the NBA the whole time [this season],” Thomas told reporters. “So when I come back, it’s my fault now. Which, life isn’t fair, but that’s not fair, bro. At all.”