- Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a crucial game 5 win in the NBA Finals vs the Boston Celtics.
- After the game, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst stated that game 5 was a “checkbook win” for the Warriors because they spent $340 million in salary this season.
- Warriors Fans blasted Windhorst over his postgame commentary.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst didn’t seem too impressed with the Warriors’ game 5 NBA Finals win vs. the Boston Celtics.
On Monday night, Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points to help the Warriors grab a 3-2 series lead in the NBA Finals.
Andrew Wiggins WENT OFF in Game 5 😤 pic.twitter.com/3YRw1VFCzc
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 14, 2022
During ESPN’s postgame show, Windhorst bizarrely stated that Wiggins’ wasn’t an underdog because he made $32 million this season as he went on to call the Warriors’ win a “checkbook win” because of how much money they spent this season in salary.
“They have a $340 million payroll, you just don’t have to beat the Warriors on the court, you gotta beat their checkbook…this was a checkbook win for the Warriors” pic.twitter.com/3OzI3Jc0pX
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 14, 2022
” Andrew Wiggins, he’s not an underdog. He makes $32 million… while the Warriors were down these last couple of years, winning no games, they kept spending money because they’ve got it.
They have a $340 Million Payroll when you consider taxes. You don’t just have to beat the Warriors on the court. You got to beat their checkbook and nothing away from Andrew Wiggins tonight, but this is a checkbook win for the Warriors.”
Fans blasted Windhorst on social media over his postgame commentary.
This is so nasty. What a clown.
Owners spending $$$ to win… every team should want that. https://t.co/JQW9VLLg20
— warriorsworld (@warriorsworld) June 14, 2022
Now's a good time to remind everyone that there is literally no rule preventing NBA teams from spending exorbitantly on their own players.
The Celtics made a trade in Feb to try to avoid the luxury tax. https://t.co/id6YEgf0JS
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) June 14, 2022
Add KD – that’s cheating
Win blowouts – that’s front running
Spend more $$$ – that’s unfair
Why they bring the stupid outta everyone? 😂 https://t.co/7ksxJX4YmE
— DUBS IN SIX 🇵🇭 (@ISAAC4O8) June 14, 2022
There isn't another sport that covers itself so terribly. Just embarassing.
"Not taking anything away from Andrew Wiggins who had the game of his life, but this is a checkbook win
David Stern in the netherrealm pulling his hair out https://t.co/IzZxEpQwW6
— Jason Maples (@JJMaples55_MST) June 14, 2022
i don't do a lot of nba posts but brooklyn's payroll is 2% smaller than GSW and they got swept by this same team in the first round so wtf is this take lmaoooooo?? https://t.co/g6qrCMV2xv
— 𝕔𝕒𝕣𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕝 (@carvellwallace) June 14, 2022
Owners who spend should be celebrated. Owners who don't should be mocked. It's really that simple. https://t.co/5HaQH0eI3p
— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) June 14, 2022