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Attorney: Deputy in clash with Raptors president has concussion is on medical leave

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A California sheriff’s deputy is on medical leave after suffering a concussion and jaw injury following an altercation with Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri minutes after the team clinched its first NBA championship in Oakland last week, his lawyer said.

Attorney Davis Mastagni said his client, a 20-year veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office who has not been publicly identified, is considering legal action against the basketball exec over the June 13 incident.

“The officer is off work, disabled and wants to go back to work,” Mastagni said.

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The clash started when Ujiri was denied entrance onto the court to celebrate his team’s Game 6 victory over the Golden State Warriors because he didn’t have proper credentials.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the Raptors executive and the deputy pushed each other before Ujiri shoved him and struck the deputy on the head. Several bystanders intervened and Ujiri was let onto the court without displaying his credentials.

AT LEAST 4 INJURED IN TORONTO RAPTORS VICTORY RALLY GUNFIRE, POLICE SAY; CROWD RUNS FROM SCENE

Raptors spokeswoman Jennifer Quinn told Fox News that the “incident is being looked at,” and that the team is cooperating with authorities.

“We look forward to resolving the situation,” she added.

Investigators are questioning witnesses, Kelly said, adding the sheriff’s office hopes to file a report with prosecutors this week recommending a misdemeanor battery charge against Ujiri. He said the office does not plan to publicly release footage from the deputy’s body camera.

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Warriors fan Greg Wiener said last week that the altercation began when the deputy put his hand on Ujiri’s chest and pushed him. Ujiri shoved him back, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Kawhi Leonard receives housewarming gift from infamous ‘Plant Guy’

What’s more important to the NBA Finals MVP than the Larry O’Brien Trophy? How about a house warming present from Toronto Raptors fans hoping he stays with the team next season and beyond?

As fans celebrated the Raptors defeating the Golden State Warriors last week, one man vowed to give Kawhi Leonard a plant as a housewarming present. The man called the plant a “Kawactus.”

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He was instantly dubbed “Plant Guy.”

On Monday, Plant Guy showed up near the Raptors’ bus that was carrying the team through the city. Lo and behold, Plant Guy delivered a much smaller “Kawactus.”

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The fans cheered as Plant Guy handed the object to Leonard.

The man even gave a leaf to Drake – who was also on the team bus celebrating with his beloved Raptors.

TSN later caught up with the man behind the gifts. He explained to the sports network where he got the plants.

“I took it from home,” the man said with a stunned look on his face. “I live in the woods. People don’t believe me. Come find me. B.C. Just come find me. Pull up that weird highway, like the weirdest ‘f—-ing stretch. You’re gonna find my tent.”

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It’s unclear whether Leonard will be back with the Raptors next season. Leonard is expected to be one of the most sought-after free agents on the market once free agency opens. ESPN reported Tuesday Leonard’s decision might come down to the Raptors or Los Angeles Clippers.

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LaVar Ball condemned for ‘inappropriate’ comment to female ESPN host on air

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LaVar Ball has been slammed for making an “inappropriate” remark to a female ESPN host on Monday, with the network officially condemning him.

Ball made the comments during ESPN’s “First Take” on Monday morning when talking about his son, Lonzo Ball, who was part of the trade deal that reportedly brought Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers.

LAVAR BALL VOWS LAKERS WILL ‘NEVER WIN ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP’ AFTER TEAM REPORTEDLY TRADES HIS SON

Molly Qerim, the host, tried to get the show back on the track after Ball began directing the show, saying “LaVar, can I switch gears with you because I have a question here.”

“You can switch gears with me anytime,” Ball responded during the live interview, prompting outcry on social media.

At the end of the show, Qerim supposedly alluded to the comments made by Ball, saying “If anyone’s calling HR today, it’s me.”

The ESPN released a statement condemning the comments made by Ball and said he was made aware of that.

“LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate and we made him aware of that,” the statement read, according to Larry Brown Sports.

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Jemele Hill, writer for the Atlantic magazine who left the network last year following controversial comments about President Trump, praised the host for handling the loudmouth live on air but suggested ESPN should stop putting Ball on air.

“Kudos to Molly Querim for the professional way she handled LaVar Ball after his inappropriate comment. Maybe ESPN will have finally learned its lesson about putting him on TV,” she wrote.

Ball fired back against criticism, releasing a statement insisting that he wasn’t trying to be inappropriate and the meaning of his comment was misrepresented.

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“[LaVar] was asked if he wanted to switch gears, in his mind switching gears was ‘changing the subject anytime’ and he said, ‘yes, you can switch gears with me anytime.’ At NO time was that intended or meant to be sexual in nature,” the statement read, TMZ reported.

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New Orleans Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to LA Lakers: reports

The New Orleans Pelicans agreed Saturday to trade superstar forward Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to reports.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the details of the blockbuster deal on Twitter, noting that L.A. would send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks to New Orleans in exchange for Davis.

Davis, who averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds per game this past season, will join fellow superstar LeBron James in Los Angeles.

James signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers last summer.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Jeremy Lin makes history as Toronto Raptors win first NBA title

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The theme around Thursday night’s NBA Finals was about firsts.

The Toronto Raptors won their first title, defeating the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in the series. The Raptors’ win meant it’s the first time a Canadian team has ever won the NBA title. It also means it’s the first time an Asian-American player will receive an NBA championship ring.

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Jeremy Lin only averaged 3.4 minutes for the Raptors through the entire playoffs and averaged only 1.1 points in the process. But because he’s on the Raptors bench, he will still receive the ring.

Lin, who lives in California and is of Taiwanese descent, may not have made a huge impact on the court but he has a strong following on social media, boasting nearly 2 million Instagram followers.

“God is perfectly the same through the highs and the lows. Anyone who knows me knows Ive believed this through all the down times, and Hes just as good at the mountaintop rn!” he tweeted.

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The days of Linsanity might be far gone, but he still has more rings than his former teammate Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George and Houston Rockets greats James Harden and Chris Paul.

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Toronto Raptors win first NBA Championship in franchise history

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 Thursday at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors played without Kevin Durant, who injured his Achilles tendon in the last series.

Golden State was 0-3 at home against Toronto this season, losing all three games by double digits. And this will be the final time that the Warriors play a home game at Oracle Arena, with the team moving to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season.

The Raptors came out of the gate with all the intensity of a team that knew it had blown a golden chance Monday and was determined not to let it happen again. Toronto hit five of their first six three-point attempts and jumped out to an 11-2 lead 2:12 into the game after the occasionally maligned Kyle Lowry hit his third trey of the night.

But despite Lowry’s 15 points – including four three-pointers — in the first frame, Toronto was not able to shake Golden State and only led 33-32 after 12 minutes. The Warriors could largely thank Klay Thompson for that, as the less-heralded Splash Brother scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, including two key three-pointers.

The game continued to seesaw in the second quarter. Toronto took a 43-38 on a three-pointer by Fred VanVleet with 8:15 left in the period, only for Golden State to go on an 8-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 46-43 when Andre Iguodala finished off an alley-oop pass from Draymond Green.

The lead changed hands 10 times in the second frame before the Raptors took a 55-54 advantage on a floating jump shot by Lowry. A Kawhi Leonard three-point play made the score 58-54, before Leonard picked up his third foul when he hit Thompson’s arm on a three-point shot.

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Lowry made a driving layup to make the score 60-57 Raptors at the break, but the efforts of Thompson (18 first-half points) and Iguodala (11 first-half points) had kept the Warriors in the game.

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Warriors’ Kevin Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles

Kevin Durant underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon to his right leg, according to a Wednesday Instagram post two days after suffering the injury against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

A photo of the 30-year-old star forward showed him in a hospital bed with the caption: “I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY.”

Durant’s announcement came minutes after Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters that no update on Durant’s condition was available.

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Durant’s availability for Thursday’s Game 6 at Oracle Arena had been in doubt. After word of the surgery, Kerr called the news “devastating.” Durant had returned in Game 5 after being sidelined for over a month due to a  strained calf in the same leg.

“I don’t know what else to add to that other than had we known this was a possibility that this was even in the realm of possibility there’s no way we would have allowed Kevin to come back,” Kerr said. “It’s devastating.”

“Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right,” he added. “But that’s easy to say after the results. When we gathered all the information, our feeling was the worst thing that could happen would be a re-injure of the calf. That was the advice and the information that we had. At that point, once Kevin was cleared to play, he was comfortable with that, we were comfortable with that. So the Achilles came as a complete shock.”

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes down with a leg injury against the Toronto Raptors during first half action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Durant, a two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP,  injured his Achilles in the second quarter of Monday’s game. He suffered his calf strain on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets.

Fans have looked for who to blame for bringing Durant back after his initial injury. Warriors general manager Bob Meyers was visibly emotional after  Monday’s 106-105 win over Toronto to force a Game 6.

He said the blame should be placed on him.

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Durant can become a free agent this summer. Many believe he was going to leave Golden State.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) hobbles after injuring his right leg during first-half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stephen Curry can only imagine how much Durant is hurting emotionally not being able to play — but second-guessing benefits nobody at this stage, the two-time MVP said.

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“Everybody has great 20/20 hindsight,” Curry said, then added: “I trust our medical staff and know Bob Myers has our best interests in terms of not just what we can do in this series, but long term in our overall health. You see how hard he took it, talking to you guys after the game. And that’s really genuine and authentic. So you can waste time talking about the what-ifs and this and that. Injuries are tough and they suck. They’re a part of our game, and they’re going to continue to be a part of our game. But everybody putting their collective brains together to make the sound, smart decisions, you kind of just live with that, because that’s what’s a part of our game.”

The Warriors face the Raptors Thursday night. They are down 3-2 in the series.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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San Antonio Spurs’ Dejounte Murray gifts brother brand new car for high school graduation

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San Antonio Spurs star Dejounte Murray shared a heartwarming moment with his brother after he graduated from high school Sunday.

Murray, who didn’t play during the 2018-19 season because of a knee injury, surprised his brother Nate with a brand new purple Dodge Challenger. It is his brother’s first car.

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Murray tweeted the video of his brother’s reaction to the moment.

“THANK YOU GOD For Putting Me In This Position. I’m Lost For Words But More Importantly I’m A Proud Big Brother. This What Making Honor Roll With A GPA 3.8 And Being The Most Respectful Young Man Get You!” he wrote in a tweet.

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Murray also explained in an Instagram post that his brother was having a hard time in Seattle and asked to move in with him in San Antonio. Murray said he took him in and became a father figure to his brother.

Murray’s brother thanked him in his own Instagram post.

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“All my life I wanted to be just like you I copied your mannerisms, your style, your everything nothing meant more to me than us having an unbreakable bond! I thank you so much for taking me in with you and helping raise me to be a strong, independent, wise and God loving Man,” Murray’s brother wrote.

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Kawhi Leonard, Raptors beat Warriors, now 1 win away from NBA crown

Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.

Leonard outdueled the Splash Brothers for 36 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors moved within a victory of the franchise’s first championship by winning a second straight game on Golden State‘s home floor, beating the Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Not that the Raptors are ready to celebrate yet.

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“We’ve won three games, it’s the first to four,” Kyle Lowry said. “We understand that they’re the defending champs and they’re not going to go out easy. They’re going to come and fight and prepare to play the next game. That’s how we’re preparing ourselves. We’ve got to prepare ourselves to play the next game. We haven’t done anything yet.”

Klay Thompson made a strong return after missing Game 3 with a strained left hamstring and scored 28 points with six 3-pointers in what might have been the final game after 47 seasons at Oracle Arena before the team’s move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Stephen Curry added 27 points but shot just 9 for 22 and 2 of 9 from 3-point range on the heels of his postseason career-best 47-point outing in a 123-109 Game 3 defeat.

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Toronto Raptors fans smile during the second half of the team’s Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Associated Press)

Serge Ibaka scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench for the composed and confident Raptors, who for a second straight game found an answer to every Warriors threat at raucous Oracle — where home fans were stunned and silenced when the final buzzer sounded.

A huge section of Toronto fans then broke into singing “O Canada!”

“It’s awesome,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “Our fans travel really well in the regular season. We get this a lot on the road. It’s really amazing. It’s Canada’s team, and Canadians from all over the country are traveling down and making plans when we play in Florida or California or Detroit especially.”

The two-time defending champions’ quest for a three-peat is suddenly in serious jeopardy.

Toronto will take its first try at the title in Game 5 on Monday night back at Scotiabank Arena. Golden State, still hopeful of injured star Kevin Durant’s return, will try to force one more at Oracle next Thursday.

“It’s not over. It’s not a good feeling right now, obviously,” Curry said. “We’ve been on both sides of it and for us it’s an opportunity to flip this whole series on its head.”

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In 2017, Leonard’s postseason with San Antonio got cut short against the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals after he re-injured his troublesome left ankle when Zaza Pachulia’s foot slid under his.

Dominant in his first postseason since, Leonard knocked down two jumpers in the final 42 seconds of the third to put the Raptors up 79-64. Fred VanVleet then dealt another dagger on the first possession of the fourth with a 30-footer.

A bloodied VanVleet then went to the locker room with 9:35 left after being hit in the face by Shaun Livingston’s left elbow when the Warriors guard went up for a shot and VanVleet was just behind him. Replays showed a tooth in the middle of the key even after play resumed.

These poised Raptors kept level heads again after falling behind by 11 points in the first half. Pascal Siakam scored 19 for Toronto.

Two days earlier, Kyle Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and NBA along with a $500,000 fine for the incident.

Now, the Raptors as first-time finalists and in their 24th year of existence can bring Canada its first NBA championship.

The Warriors, the only team to blow a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, are confident they can overcome that deficit.

“I’ve been on the wrong side of 3-1 before. Why not make our own history?” Golden State’s Draymond Green said.

Toronto outscored Golden State 37-21 in the decisive third, a complete reverse of the Warriors’ dominance after halftime with an 18-0 run in the Game 2 victory.

Green delivered another impressive all-around performance with 10 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr challenged his team to do a better job defensively and Golden State did so early but couldn’t handle Toronto’s depth.

Kevon Looney, a key backup big man, scored 10 points for the Warriors after it was initially believed he would be out the remainder of the series because of fractured cartilage near his right collarbone. He was hurt in the first half of Game 2.

Looney drew huge applause as he checked into the game at the 6:45 mark of the first.

Danny Green, who hit six 3s in Game 3, began 0 for 6 with five missed 3s before finally connecting from deep midway through the fourth. His 48th 3-pointer in the finals tied him with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher for seventh place on the NBA list.

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Toronto’s Fred VanVleet takes elbow from Golden State’s Shaun Livingston in Game 4 of NBA Finals

Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors took one for the team Friday night in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

VanVleet was the accidental recipient of an elbow to the face when Shaun Livingston of the Golden State Warriors was driving to the basket.

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It happened in the fourth quarter with a little more than 9 minutes remaining and Toronto leading 82-70 at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

Livingston initially collided with Toronto’s Serge Ibaka under the basket, then maneuvered away to try to get a clear shot at the hoop. That’s when Livingston’s left elbow slammed VanVleet’s face as VanVleet was moving in for a possible rebound.

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Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) remains on the floor during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2019. (Associated Press)

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After the play, blood was seen spilling from VanVleet’s face and onto the court. He was taken to the locker room for medical attention.

Fans posted some interesting reactions on social media. Here are some samples:

Toronto entered the game with a 2-1 series edge over Golden State in the best-of-seven series.

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