Draymond Green faces lawsuit: 'I still feel his hand on my jaw'

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Draymond Green faces lawsuit: 'I still feel his hand on my jaw'

Draymond Green, a star forward for the Golden State Warriors, was slapped with a lawsuit Tuesday.

Jermaine Edmondson and Bianca Williams brought claims of physical assault, bullying and misleading statements against the professional basketball player stemming from two incidents in Michigan last summer, according to lawyer Lisa Bloom, who is representing the accusers.

The first sentence of their lawsuit claims that "Draymond Green is a bully."

"The filing of this lawsuit was a last resort," Bloom said. "Mr. Green has refused to accept responsibility for his conduct and so we will ask a jury to educate him and hold him accountable."

The incidents of alleged violence occurred last July in East Lansing, Mich., which is the home of Green's college alma mater. Edmondson alleges that Green bumped into him at a bar and bullied him with a demeaning comment about being a scholarship athlete who Green is paying for. 

Green then turned to his entourage, according to Bloom. That's when two men with Green allegedly pushed Edmondson against a wall and choked him, according to Bloom. Williams tried to intervene, but one of the men grabbed her by neck and also pushed her against a wall.

"I still feel that man's hand around my neck and it will forever be traumatizing," Williams said.

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Jamal Crawford: 'That's what's so cool' about the Warriors

Jamal Crawford: 'That's what's so cool' about the Warriors

Jamal Crawford will play for the Timberwolves next season.

He's looking forward to trying to dethrone the Warriors.

"It's a challenge. It's a great challenge. And that's what makes it fun," Crawford told Alex Kennedy on the HoopsHype Podcast. "If you go to a movie and you already know how it's gonna end before it starts, you'd be like, "Oh, that movie wasn't that good.'

"But if you go and there's a lot of twists and turns and plots and different storylines, and this is happening and that is happening, and something crazy happens that you didn't see happening at all -- and that's how the movie plays out -- 'Oh, that was a good movie.'

[SHILLER: How the Warriors factored into Gordon Hayward's decision to join Celtics]

"The Warriors are the cream of the crop. They're the champions until somebody knocks em off. I think that's what's fun. You get to play them three or four times a year. You get a chance to see where you're at. You get a chance to see what you can improve on, what you did well. And then hopefully in the end, you put it all together.

"But they're kind of raising the level of play for everybody and every team, and that's what's so cool about it."

The Timberwolves haven't made the playoffs since 2004 -- when they reached the Western Conference Finals.

This offseason, they added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Crawford.

They are expected to compete for a Top 4 seed in the loaded Western Conference.

How do they match up with the Warriors?

"On paper and then seeing them in person is a different thing," Crawford answered. "We kind of have to go through the wars together first. Our team. Those guys have been together now so they know exactly what to expect, who does what and how things fit.

"For us, we have to go through those wars and see how we'll handle different situations ... we have some really good players and we have a really good coach. And that's kind of where it starts and then we kind of build our culture from there.

"Chemisty is underrated. You have to have that. We'll see how we'll match up and I think I'll be able to give you a better answer towards the end of the season."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

How the Warriors factored into Gordon Hayward's decision to join Celtics

How the Warriors factored into Gordon Hayward's decision to join Celtics

On July 4, Gordon Hayward decided he would leave the Utah Jazz and join the Boston Celtics.

On Monday, he joined Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod to break down the free-agent process.

"How much were you looking at Utah in the West and Golden State?" Woj asked Hayward. "When you imagine what Utah could be -- if you stayed, Ricky (Rubio) comes and you look at the other pieces -- what did you think that Jazz team could be? And Golden State -- does it have to impact your thinking?"

"Golden State is obviously the team to beat," Hayward answered. "Whether you're in the West or the East, you have to play them at some point in time. I thought in Utah, I thought we matched up pretty well with them. Just the style that we played, some of the guys that we had. I thought that we matched up pretty well.

"Unlucky with George (Hill) and his injury, but we had moments against them -- even though we got swept -- we had moments against them where I thought you know, maybe we could make a run at 'em."

Hill did not play in Games 2 through 4 because of a toe injury.

In Game 3, the Jazz led by nine midway through the 3rd quarter, but the Warriors won by 11.

In Game 4, the Warriors led by as many as 24 points early in the 2nd quarter, the Jazz cut it to five points in the 3rd quarter, and Golden State wound up winning by 26.

"The games at home, I thought we were right there," Hayward said. "We do have a healthy George, it's probably a little different -- maybe we sneak a game. But they're still a juggernaut.

"But when we're going through this process and you keep seeing some of the big-name guys and the West is loading up more and more and more, it's not something where, it's not like 'I'm gonna go East just so I don't have to play them,' because you don't want to run from competition at all. That's not how I am.

"But there is a sense that it's probably the smarter thing as far as you're not gonna have to battle it out with all these teams just to make it to the second round ... giving yourself a better chance against a Golden State.

Chris Paul to the Rockets.

Paul George to the Thunder.

Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.

Paul Millsap to the Nuggets.

Kyrie Irving to the ?????

The Spurs.

The West is going to be a bloodbath, and Steve Kerr believes the Warriors will be even better next year.

As Hayward summarized:

"It definitely crosses your mind, 100 percent."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller