Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni joked that Warriors players tried to steal his clipboard during timeouts of the NBA All-Star Game.
The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors are currently locked into a head-to-head battle for conference supremacy. Although, the two sides have pushed their rivalry aside, at least for the All-Star break.
Just last week, Steve Kerr caused some drama when he decided to let his players coach against the Suns. Kerr explained that his voice wasn’t being heard in the locker room, so he figured a temporary change in the huddle would give his guys a spark. The experiment worked, as the Warriors annihilated the Suns by 46 points.
Since Steve Kerr coached the All-Star Game last season, Mike D’Antoni was given the opportunity to coach this year (at the time of the announcement of the All-Star game coaches, the Warriors had the best record).
After the game, D’Antoni joked that the players from Golden State kept trying to take over the huddle, via Mark Medina of The Mercury News.
“The Golden State guys kept taking my clipboard. I don’t know what that was about.”
Only one All-Star for the Rockets?
“I got a lot to say about that. Everybody knows Chris Paul is on the Rockets. And the Rockets have the No. 1 [record in the league] — how does that not happen? I know he’s frustrated. He never brings it. That’s why I said what I said. He’s never going to bring it up. But I’ll defend him for him. He should be here with me in L.A. as an All-Star.”
Chris Paul has averaged 19.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game this season. Additionally, Houston out scores their opponents by 13.7 points per 100 possessions when Paul is on the floor.
The Warriors had four All-Stars, while the Cavaliers, Thunder, Timberwolves, Celtics and Raptors brought two. The Rockets have a better record than all of those teams, but somehow only Harden was deemed an All-Star.
Either way, the festivities of All-Star Weekend are over, and now it’s time to focus on the stretch run of the season.