If you want any indication as to how chippy the Nuggets-Warriors series has evolved into, look no further than the aftermath of Game 5 Tuesday night, when each side accused the other of playing dirty.
Tensions remained high Wednesday as George Karl referred to Festus Ezeli as an “elbow and asshole guy.” Asked about the Warriors rookie center’s role in this series, Karl said Ezeli has “blossomed into an elbow and asshole guy,” or a hustler.
In all its vulgarity, Karl was probably issuing a compliment to Ezeli. Not in pious eyes of Pastor Mark Jackson, however. Jackson, who refrains from such salty language, took offense to Karl’s remark, and expressed that on Thursday morning at shootaround:
“That statement is disrespectful,” said the Warriors coach. “I’ve got a lot of respect for George Karl, the job that he’s done and who he is. But that statement is disrespectful. I wonder what he thinks of his players — Kenyon Martin, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee, (Kosta) Koufos. I wonder what he th