Stephen A. Smith has apparently been hearing a lot about Pat Riley lately.
A few weeks after the ESPN commentator said that Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss is wooing Riley to run her franchise’s basketball operations, Smith said that Riley, among others, has told executives with the Golden State Warriors to keep Klay Thompson.
I'm told Klay Thompson isn't happy and here's why. pic.twitter.com/l9lELKbKCo— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 7, 2019
Both Thompson and Kevin Durant will be free agents this summer. Smith said that Thompson is upset with his reduced offensive role. Durant is widely expected to sign with the New York Knicks, and Smith said that the Warriors “anticipate” the defending two-time Finals MVP will leave Oakland in July. Riley and Jerry West have advised Golden State to “keep the Splash Brothers together” — that is, re-sign Thompson to stay with Steph Curry, according to Smith.
This statement from Smith seems questionable. Why would Riley be advising the Golden State Warriors? Did the Warriors solicit Riley’s advice on how to avoid “the disease of more” — a term Riley coined to describing how players want more playing time, money and recognition after winning a title? Is there some long game Riley is playing to ensure a current Warrior signs with Miami in 2020 or 2021?
Veteran NBA reporter David Aldridge tweeted last night that this offseason will be “insane.” We’ll see how involved Riley will be.
This is gonna be an insane offseason in the Association, put it that way.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) May 7, 2019