Someone did get lucky in the rivalry between the
"I'm really surprised how sensitive they are about it," said Rivers, whose comments were originally misrepresented by reporters relaying them to Thompson. "They are the champions, so they should just be the champions."
Rivers recently told Grantland that there was luck involved in Golden State's winning the championship because the Warriors didn't have to play the Clippers or the
"Ha ha, that sounds really bitter to me," Thompson said this month before going on to reference the Warriors' having won three of four games against the Clippers last season. "If we got lucky, look at our record against them last year. I'm pretty sure we smacked them."
A rivalry that has sparked a hallway confrontation, one player bumping another during a postgame interview and T-shirts tweaking Rivers by featuring his given name will resume Tuesday night at Staples Center when the Warriors play the Clippers in an exhibition game.
Rivers said he was disappointed that Golden State forward
"I saw him this summer and I told him we could have split the sales and that would have been nice," Rivers said of Green, "but I guess he didn't want me to make any money."
Rivers said the Warriors had earned the right to say whatever they wanted by winning the title. Golden State center
"I got my championship ring fitted for my middle finger," Bogut told the station.
The war of words figures to continue Tuesday.
"That's player-player stuff," Rivers said of the animosity between teams. "Coaches usually don't get involved in that kind of stuff."
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