Having one of his best games of the season in Golden State’s 122-92 blowout victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Not a monster performance by any means but a solid game for Pachulia, who is averaging 6.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 18.6 minutes for the Warriors this season. But what makes Pachulia’s performance more notable is that it included a dunk, which allowed him to win a bet with Warriors strength coach Kurtis Rayfield.
Before the game, Rayfield bet Pachulia that he couldn’t get a double-double and throw down a dunk. If he did, Pachulia would get to shave off Rayfield’s bushy beard.
Pachulia isn’t a high flyer or a frequent dunker but perhaps motivated by Rayfield’s bet, the Warriors center scored his first two points on a dunk and was able to record a double-double by the third quarter. Almost immediately after winning the bet, Pachulia rubbed it in Rayfield’s face, motioning for scissors while having some fun with the Warriors strength coach.
Golden State will take its team photo on Friday, which means Rayfield will now be beardless for it. Pachulia hopes that whenever Rayfield looks at the picture, he will never forget about losing the bet with the Warriors big man.
Before/After. It all happened last night. Respect Kurtis Rayfield for honoring the bet. pic.twitter.com/mn498DsTZL
— Zaza Pachulia (@zaza27) March 17, 2017
From the Bay Area News Group’s Daniel Mano:
“Perfect timing,” as Pachulia put it, adding: “He didn’t like it. Bet is a bet. He kept his word, so I respect that.”
“At first I thought, maybe I should have (him) take the picture without (his) beard, but then I changed my mind because 10, 20 years later, I want to see — when I look at team picture — him with a stash,” Pachulia said, soaking in the fun. “He’s going to remember this day.”
Pachulia has every right to be gloating about winning the bet with Rayfield. The Warriors strength coach doubted him and Pachulia proved Rayfield wrong. And by losing, Rayfield learned a valuable life lesson — never bet against Pachulia.