Jan. 8, 2010
The Warriors organization is expecting a very special guest on Monday when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Oracle Arena.No not LeBron James.Were talking about Larry Ellison, a man long-rumored to be interested in buying the Warriors and the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, the franchises biggest corporate sponsor.Ellison, who has never been inside the building before, is expected to be sitting courtside, across from the Warriors bench, with his nephew.Warriors team president Robert Rowell confirmed that Ellison is expected on Monday, but he also said that Ellison had planned to see games twice before in the past three years but each time had a change of plans.Rowell, who has never met Ellison, said he cancelled a trip to New York for league meetings this weekend in order to be at Mondays game.Ellisons visit is likely to fuel speculation about the possibility of Warriors owner Chris Cohan selling the team, but Rowell said: I wouldnt read anything into it. Hes the CEO of the company that is our biggest corporate sponsor. Of course were going to roll out the red carpet for him.Ellison, listed by Forbes as the fourth-richest person in the world, had been expected at Oracle twice before both times for Warriors-Lakers games.In July, reports surfaced that Cohan and Ellison had talked of a possible sale, although the Warriors denied it. Shortly after the report, Rowell said the Warriors are not for sale.
With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.
Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.
The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.
Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.
As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.
Former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is in trouble with the league office again.
The NBA fined the Pelicans big man $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language towards a fan" during the final minutes of the team's season opener on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies.
The referee's heard the exchange between Cousins and the fan, and assessed a technical foul to Cousins. That technical foul was rescinded as part of the league's announcement Saturday.
After Wednesday's game, Cousins offered this explanation of the incident:
"That was pretty bogus, man. The ref, he sat there and heard (the fan) speaking to me in a very nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man. I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I felt (the ref) should have handled it, he decided not to, but he handled my end of it. I look forward to speaking to the league," Cousins told reporters, according to USA Today.
Cousins makes his first trip back to Sacramento since being traded by the Kings on Thursday, Oct. 26.