Golden State Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network on Oct. 21, during its seventh annual Respect Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.Welts will be presented with the 2011 Inspiration Award, for being the first professional sports executive to come out publicly.
Welts was hired in September by the Warriors after working in the Phoenix Suns front office for nine seasons. Welts was the teams chief executive officer the past two seasons.October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Welts, Shaquille ONeal and others are teaming up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to launch its Amplify Your Voice! campaign.
Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.
The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.
Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.
Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.
Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.
He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.
It appears Andrew Bogut is set to see what the view is like from the other side of the NBA's top rivalry.
Traded by Dallas to Philadelphia on Thursday, the former Warriors center will receive a contract buyout from the 76ers and then join the Cleveland Cavaliers for the stretch run, according to ESPN.
On Saturday, the Cavs, Spurs and Rockets were all reported to have interest in Bogut if he was made available following a buyout.
Injuries have derailed Bogut's season. He appeared in just 26 games with the Mavericks this season and averaged 3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1 block per contest.
Bogut was part of the two Warriors teams that faced the Cavs in the last two NBA Finals matchups.
Bogut's tenure with the Warriors came to an end on July 7, 2016 when he was traded to Dallas in order for Golden State to clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant.