Warriors and Ellis face sexual harassment suit

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Warriors and Ellis face sexual harassment suit

EDITOR'S NOTE: Insider Matt Steinmetz is in Sacramento for tonight's game between the Warriors and Kings and will continue to update this online report, as well as providing details on SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and midnight.

SACRAMENTO A former employee of the Golden State Warriors is suing Monta Ellis and the team for sexual harassment, according to an e-mail obtained by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.An e-mail from the law offices of Burton F. Boltuch said that on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a plaintiff will file the suit in Oakland at the Superior Court of Alameda County. The e-mail said a press conference will be held afterward to discuss the allegations.Warriors coach Mark Jackson had no comment on the matter when asked about it Tuesday night. GM Larry Riley, who was named in the suit, also declined to discuss it.Ellis was unavailable for comment before the game. Typically, he does not make himself available to the media before games. Ellis also did not speak with reporters after the Warriors' 95-91 loss in Sacramento.
A message was left for Boltuch late Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.
Ellis, entering his seventh season playing for Golden State, was in Sacramento with the team, which plays an exhibition game against the Kings. The team had not arrived for the game at the time of this writing.According to the e-mail, Boltuch will discuss 14 allegations, including flagrant violations of Californias prohibition against sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.Boltuchs e-mail was sent at 3 p.m., West Coast time, to more than 300 recipients.The e-mail said the complaint will be filed Wednesday morning before the 9:30 a.m., press conference.In addition to Ellis, also named in the lawsuit are co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and Larry Riley.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.