W's Attles helps unveil monument in Oakland


W's Attles helps unveil monument in Oakland

Sept. 6, 2011


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Matt Steinmetz

OAKLAND -- A few hundred people gathered downtown on Tuesday afternoon to witness a historic event for the city. And as you would figure, Warriors legend and ambassador Alvin Attles was a part of it.Artists, actors, civic leaders and East Bay residents witnessed the unveiling of the "Remember Them: Champions for Humanity" monument, a tribute to 25 humanitarians who changed the course of history. Tuesday's event at 19th and Telegraph introduced the first installation phase of the four-piece sculpture that will eventually stand 52 feet wide, 21 feet tall and cover 1,000 square feet.

The sculpture, created by Oakland artist Mario Chiodo, uses 60,000 pounds of bronze and will be the largest bronze representational sculpture west of the Mississippi, the first grouping in the United States of international humanitarian portraits and the first representational monument in the U.S. that honors diversity."It's a diverse crowd here," said Attles, who has spent 51 years with the Warriors' organization and is an East Bay resident. "That's what you want to see. You want to see people that are different trying to come together as one. That's what's happening here. With some of the things that are said about Oakland It's just a great day."
The "Remember Them: Champions for Humanity" sculpture was funded by donations from local companies and individuals, including the Warriors who contributed 25,000. Kaiser Permanente was the first corporate funder of the project, donating more than 1 million toward the sculpture's completion.

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.