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ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal jury is hearing a lawsuit filed by a retired NBA All-Star and former Golden State Warrior who claims a ritzy Atlanta restaurant discriminated against him and a friend when waiters insisted they give up their seats to white women.
Joe Barry Carroll in the 1980s played parts of 10 seasons in the NBA for several teams, including the Warriors, who drafted him in 1980.
He and attorney Joseph Shaw are suing the Tavern at Phipps. They will try to prove during the trial that began Monday that the restaurant has a systematic plan to discourage black patrons.
The two men, who are black, said they were removed by security guards when they refused to leave their seats.
The restaurant has said it often asks men to give up their seats to women at the bar and has denied the discrimination accusations.
Klay Thompson is really good at basketball.
He's been an All-Star three straight years and was named Third-Team All-NBA the last two seasons.
What's the secret to his success? He recently talked about his preparation with CBS Sports:
"My approach to the game is a lot more caluculated now -- as far as getting my rest, recovery after a big workout. Balancing your life is essential; on the court, off the court -- it's huge.
"As a high school player and as a collegiate, I would just kind of show up and play. As a professional, I have a certain routine that is very regimented. If I don't have a gameday nap you might as well chalk it up as a loss for me. I have to have my gameday nap just to get my mind right, get a little rest, maximize your energy for the game.
"Whether it's the arena or the practice gym, we're always there. Don't get to see the light of day sometimes so it's very important for me to get outside -- get some sun, get some fresh air.
"You have to get your mind off the game. I'm really a simple man -- it could be just sitting outside reading a book or playing pool, playing chess, video games. I love to take my dog, Rocco, to the park -- just stuff to keep your mind active, or your body active and get away from baskteball.
"You need that balance in your life. You can't just get totally consumed by basketball and then it kind of wears on your happiness. You gotta have a certain balance so you are eager to go to the game every day, and your hungry to get in the arena and put on a show."
The Warriors ended the Blazers' season with a 128-103 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.
And Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum now has some free time on his hands.
On Thursday, his flight got delayed, so he held an impromptu Q&A on Twitter.
One question asked: "First thing that comes to mind when u think of the Warriors?'
The Warriors averaged over 27 assists in the series and shot over 40 percent from 3-point territory.
Golden State has ended Portland's season each of the last two years.
McCollum was terrific in Game 1 (41 points) and Game 3 (32 points) but struggled in Game 2 (11 points, 4 for 17) and Game 4 (six points, 2 for 12).
Next season is Year 1 of the 4-year, $106.6 million contract he signed last summer.