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Jonathan Kuminga on the court: “My basketball talks trash.”

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Jonathan Kuminga doesn’t see much worth in trash talk on the court. At his word, the Warriors’ first-round pick states that he has no intention of exchanging words against opponents this upcoming season. He spoke at length about his approach to the matter.

“I just smile. I don’t say nothing. If you stay quiet against someone who’s coming at you and talking too much, it’s going to get tired. Then they won’t say much. But if you keep talking to them, they’re going to have a lot of energy to talk back. It’s not something I do often but if I do say some trash, it means the guy I’m going against is talking at me or some crazy stuff. I don’t talk trash. My basketball talks trash.”

Jonathan Kuminga

According to him, staving off the trash talk can prove fruitful in keeping an opponent down. While it has never been an essential part of the game, trash talk between opponents does add to the competitive fervor during play. It serves the entertainment value behind the sport itself. However, not everyone abides by it. Kuminga seems to prefer to let his game do the talking on his behalf.

Jonathan Kuminga entering Golden State

The Golden State Warriors selected Jonathan Kuminga with the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft. They earned the rights to this pick following a 2020 trade that sent D’Angelo Russell to the Timberwolves. In return, the Warriors received Andrew Wiggins and Minnesota’s 2021 first-round pick.

Kuminga spent the past year in the G-League, where he played for the Ignite. Alongside him stood the second pick from this year’s draft, Jalen Green (Houston Rockets). Despite the Ignite having a middling campaign this year, their stars shone bright while on the floor. In 13 games, Jonathan Kuminga averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. Though his efficiency numbers left more to be desired, he showed great promise.

Golden State also picked up Arkansas guard Moses Moody on draft night with the 14th pick. They hope that this duo of rookies can immediately contribute as they make their push to return to the postseason in 2022.

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