Happy Thanksgiving to Ramon Martinez and the rest of hiscolleagues.Martinez is a security guard who works at Oracle Arena, andon most game nights you can find him stationed behind the Warriors bench. Hehasnt been there this season, of course, because there is no season.Were all hurting, said Martinez, 31, speaking for himselfand co-workers. I realize what were making is chump change compared to theowners and the players, but everybodys hurting from the top to bottom of thefood chain.Martinez estimates that hes losing thousands of dollarsbecause of the NBA lockout, which is now almost five months old. He says hemakes about 40 percent of his income working Warriors games and other eventsat Oracle Arena, but that percentage has taken a significant hit because theWarriors arent playing. My personal opinion is Im (disappointed) at both sides,Martinez said. The little guys arent making millions, but we rely on theseevents. This is how we make our money. Were not going to get a roll-back onour money.You have two or three games in a week, a concert or two andwere talking four or five nights a week of work. I dont like to take sides, Ijust know were not working. If they dont work, we dont work.Martinez said the arena workers who are suffering the mostare the ones who are retired from their past full-time jobs and now supplementtheir incomes with work at Oracle.Martinez has been monitoring the lockout and continues tohope a season will begin next month.As soon as possible, Martinez responded, when asked whenhed like to see games played. Im hoping for December 15, probably a littlelater. But its time for the season. It seems like theyre fighting overnickels and dimes, but what is happening is hurting people.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion.
In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals.
Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.
Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.
Kyrie Irving became a hot topic at All-Star weekend when the Cavs star point guard said he believes planet Earth is flat. No, really, he did.
And it looks like Irving may not be alone. Speaking to the media Saturday, Draymond Green made it known he may be a flat-earth truther too.
"I don't know. I haven't done enough research, but it may be flat," Green said.
For those calling Irving's theory of a flat earth crazy, Green is looking at it in a much different way.
"I wouldn't necessarily say crazy though," he continued with. "It's just his opinion. It's hard to call someone's opinion crazy, that's what he thinks.
"Who’s to say that picture [from NASA] is telling the truth? I can make a round picture with my iPhone today, on the panoramic camera, and make it look round. So, I don’t know. I’m not saying I think it’s flat or round, I don’t know, but it could be.”
Green didn't say definitively that the earth is flat like Irving did, but he sure wouldn't say it's round.
Uh oh: Draymond is a Flat Earth/Kyrie Truther. pic.twitter.com/icJThyG7hx— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) February 18, 2017