David West does not want to be called ring chaser
He may have joined his second team in two seasons on another veteran’s minimum deal, but the 36-year-old insists not to be called a ring chaser.
It can be rembered that in 2015, West declined his player option with the Indiana Pacers worth $12.6 million and decided to join the Gregg Popovich-coached team for a little more than $1 million. Now that he brought his talents to the Bay Area, it’s hard not to think of how much he wants to win that elusive ring. Because if not, sacrificing more than $11 million worth of guaranteed earnings in the first place doesn’t align with his statement.
But as reported by Michael Rehome of airalamo.com, the Xavier product did not expect playing in the NBA for more than 10 years, and also told the Indianapolis Star that he never wanted to chase a ring:
“I had a plan, ten years. That was it. I was going to play 10 years in the league, try to accomplish whatever I could accomplish in that span, and then I was done. Period. No matter what.”
“I’m not going to be one of those guys that’s just out here chasing that. I’m not going to be one of those guys out here sacrificing who I am, the things that make me me, to go out and get a material goal.”
No matter how he disagrees with the obvious, the Twitter world has already given its unanimous take right after finding out his decision to join Steve Kerr‘s team. And it’s hard to imagine they’ll ever believe David West’s claim:
David West might as well carry around a sign: WILL WORK FOR RING
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 5, 2016
Source: if David West doesn't win a ring this year he will play for free for any title contender for the next decade.
— CelticsBlog (@celticsblog) July 5, 2016
Even Frodo thinks David West wants a ring too much.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 5, 2016
Even though, he’s nearing the tail-end of his career, the former 18th overall pick of the 2003 draft can still provide quality minutes off the bench. He has always been known as a hard-nosed defender throughout his career who brings toughness to his teams. David West also owns solid career averages of 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 30.6 minutes per game.
Should his new team win the championship this coming season, it will be interesting to see if he’ll finally admit to chasing a ring. But as it stands, David West made it clear that he only cares about winning and learning from the game’s elite.