NBA Analyst To Warriors' Mark Stevens: Grow Up

Golden State's minority owner was banned for one year and fined $500,000 for pushing Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals

June 07, 2019 - 8:35 am
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Mark Stevens – the Golden State Warriors minority owner who pushed Kyle Lowry and reportedly cursed at him during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday – has been suspended for one season and fined $500,000. The suspension is effective immediately, includes all Warriors games and team activities, and will extend through the 2019-20 postseason.

“It was a bad incident,” NBA Radio and's Brian Geltzeiler said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s an awful thing that the guy did, and I think Kyle Lowry handled it in the best way that he could handle it. He did a great job with it, and there’s no place for it. I don’t know if you can force a man to sell his share of the team. That becomes a little bit of a slippery slope. But I thought Adam Silver handled this the right way.”

While some fans may have felt the punishment was over-the-top, Silver wanted to send a message.

“These guys are human beings,” Geltzeiler said. “They’re not animals in a cage. You have to treat them with respect. If you buy a courtside seat, you understand that you’re at the risk of somebody flying in your lap trying to keep a ball in-bounds. This happens.”

And when it does, players and fans almost always make sure everyone is OK.

“That’s the primary concern,” Geltzeiler said. “Kyle Lowry was legitimately concerned about the woman that he ran over, and this clown two seats away wants to shove him and tell him to go eff himself? Come on, man. Be a grown up.”

As for the on-court action, the Raptors won Game 3, 123-109, to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Geltzeiler believes Steve Kerr made a mistake sitting Klay Thompson.

“They had to have a pretty could idea when they decided to sit Klay that they weren’t going to have Durant for Game 4,” Geltzeiler said. “I felt like it was OK to sit Klay in Game 3 if they were both coming back together in Game 4. But if you had a pretty good idea you weren’t going to have Durant back for Game 4, I think you maybe had to push Klay in Game 3 – and if he wanted to go, let him go and let him give it a try and see what happens. 

“No one threw a game,” Geltzeiler continued. “I’m not going to say that. But I do think management and the coaching staff decided, ‘We’ve come back from 2-1 before. We’re able to do it. Let’s get him rested and have him right.’ Well, that’s great if you’re rolling in with Kevin Durant, who can be overwhelming. When you’re not going to be doing that and it’s going to be a compromised Klay, you may have given one up that you did’t necessarily have to give up if you had allowed Klay to be out there like he wanted to.”

Click below to listen to Geltzeiler’s interview in its entirety.