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“Fined for Slandering”: Moments After Latest Injury Update, Furious Fans Accuse Stephen Curry’s Warriors of Deceiving the League

Published 03/24/2023, 1:17 AM EDT

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The Golden State Warriors made some changes to their roster before the trade deadline in February. The team parted ways with the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, James Wiseman. After witnessing his performances with the Detroit Pistons, the Warriors faced a lot of backlash. However, the Warriors got a familiar face in return from the Portland Trail Blazers. That trade almost turned sour as Gary Payton II arrived in Golden State injured and was expected to miss out on substantial time on the court.

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According to a new report by ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Gary Payton II could be listed in the Warriors’ lineup for their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Although, this has led to fans speculating whether the Warriors’ training staff may be rushing things.

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An earlier report had suggested that Gary Payton II will be missing out on two to three months of time. Payton came to Golden State with a right adductor strain. He has not played a game for the Warriors since he was acquired from Portland on February 12.

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Now, this has led to a lot of fans speculating on whether the Warriors‘ training staff and the front office may be rushing things to bring him to the lineup. However, according to reports, Payton II was re-evaluated yesterday.


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And he has shown tremendous progress in his rehabilitation. The 6’3 guard has intensified his on-court workouts with the team in the past week. This has also led to him participating in the team practice on Saturday, prior to the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Whether Payton II will participate with the team, his teammates sure are excited about his return. 

Warriors teammate Donte DiVincenzo said, “It’s going to be super fun playing full-court with him.”

Fans not on board with Warriors’ decision

As much help as Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors could use, fans do not seem to be on board with this move. Many feel that the Warriors’ franchise may be rushing into things to bring him back to the court.

One fan tweeted, “Hmm that’s a fantastic 3 month operation @warriors. wonder when they will get fined for slandering the blazers name.”

While another fan commented, “Wow I’ve never seen 3 months go by in 30 days that’s crazy!!! It’s like the warriors made up him getting toradol shots to make the blazers look bad… oh wait they did.”

Here are a few more reactions from fans on Twitter.

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A lot of fans complained about the Warriors’ urge to rush him onto the court. While others called out Golden State for slandering the Portland Trail Blazers’ name. The Warriors had accused the Blazers of not revealing the extent of Payton’s injury ahead of the trade.


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Abhishek Dhariwal

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Edited By: Pragya Vashisth