OAKLAND –- Perhaps anticipating some blowback from Warriors fans at Oracle Arena Monday night, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams toned down, just a bit, his morning comments about the building being too loud.
Speaking at his pregame news conference Monday evening, Williams was accountable for his earlier words, but attempted to strip away allegations that the noise level might not be legal.
"I hope it was taken tongue-in-cheek, but I understand how things get taken out of context at times," Williams said 90 minutes before tipoff. "But I take full responsibility for that. I'm not going to blame anybody for taking it out of context. That's just me."
The subject came up while the coaches and players were meeting. The players complained about having a hard time hearing during Game 1 on Saturday.
"We were just talking about how loud it is in the arena," Williams said. "Our guys were talking about it and we tried to prepare our guys for that. But it's hard to mimic that in the practice site. It's more of a compliment than anything."
As for the Warriors, coach Steve Kerr said he would make an appeal to fans "to be as quiet as possible."
And, yes, it was tongue-in-cheek.