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For one of the few times in his Warriors career, Jason Richardson is completely happy. There are no losing streaks in sight. No contracts to be hammered out. No issues over playing time.

Still, he finds himself in the middle of a strange controversy.

In Sunday's edition of the Detroit Free Press, in a piece written by award-winning columnist Mitch Albom, Richardson is said to have attended the Final Four in St. Louis last weekend. He was described as sitting next to former Michigan State teammate Mateen Cleaves, both cheering on the Spartans.

Only Richardson was at home, watching the game by himself. He had planned to be in St. Louis, even told Albom so when the two talked March 31. Richardson had to scrap his plans when he could not find a return flight in time for Sunday's home game against Seattle.

Now Albom is catching flak for pre-writing his column, and Richardson is accidentally caught in the flap.

"I don't see what the big deal is," he said after the shootaround Friday. "I'm hearing about it, but it's not his fault, it's not our fault.

"It was bad timing for both of us (he and Cleaves, who also did not attend). We had a game at 3 o'clock, and our intention was to get out there, but we just couldn't find a way to get there and come back on time."

Richardson, who knows Albom from his college days, even offered to go on radio to help straighten things out.
 
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