Derrick Rose to testify in rape case


Derrick Rose to testify in rape case

LOS ANGELES -- The lawyer for an ex-girlfriend accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two of his friends of rape said Friday he will call Rose to the witness stand after his client wrapped up her testimony.

Attorney Waukeen McCoy said Rose would be the next witness in the lawsuit seeking $21.5 million in damages from the point guard for the New York Knicks.

The woman who accuses Rose and the friends of gang raping her was under a second day of tough cross-examination that suggested she had sued for money.

"I didn't wish him any harm, I wanted him to be accountable," she said, denying she did it for money.

Defense lawyers pressed her to explain why the lawsuit was seeking $21.5 million and how her first text messages to Rose after the incident were about being reimbursed for cab fare and a "sex belt" she had given him.

Like many of her answers over two days, many responses were vague, though she eventually said she brought up the money to get Rose to respond to her.

Lawyers for Rose presented text messages from the woman to a friend at a time when she was unemployed.

"I need a very wealthy man. We should go find one," stated one text read by defense lawyer Mark Baute.

The woman also sent a text to a roommate saying that since she had filed suit, they would return their TV and upgrade to a plasma screen, Baute said.

Rose, 28, and his friends Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton have denied the accusations in the lawsuit and claimed the woman willingly had sex with all three.

The Associated Press is not naming the woman because it generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.

Her vague recall and testimony at times contradicted what she told lawyers during her deposition and that left her vulnerable to combative cross-examination by the defense.

Rose watched the testimony while chewing gum, but showed little reaction. Allen, an NBA hopeful cut by the Bulls in the 2012 preseason, huddled with lawyers and took notes.

In a soft voice that at times couldn't be heard by lawyers or jurors, the 30-year-old woman said she was intoxicated and felt like she had been drugged after a visit to Rose's mansion in Beverly Hills in August 2013.

During cross-examination, she conceded that she never saw any drugs and she was never tested afterward. She didn't have a rape exam performed and wasn't tested for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Rose's lawyer used a string of text messages as a timeline to question the woman's story and whether she even drank enough to black out hours later. And he questioned how she had managed to send lucid text messages during that period - several of which invited Rose to her apartment.

Baute got her to concede that she had lied to Rose in text messages earlier that day about plans she had and a stop at a sex shop she never made.

The woman testified that she began dating Rose on and off over 20 months - a relationship the defense has called "friends with benefits" - after meeting him during the 2011 NBA lockout at a Hollywood nightclub.

She thought they had a future together, though Baute cast doubt on that.

He showed that until that night in August, Rose had never been to her place, she never attended any of his games and during a visit when he was playing in Philadelphia, she never left their hotel.

After they split up in early summer of 2013, she hadn't been in touch with Rose until the morning of Aug. 26 when she texted him a photo of herself and said he was her "inspiration" and he turned her on.

She denied she was trying to rekindle the spark, saying she wanted to talk to see if they could "connect."

Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings


Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings

OAKLAND -- Omri Casspi sustained a sprained right ankle with 9:00 left in the second quarter of the Warriors-Kings game Friday night and did not return.

After dropping in a short hook shot with 9:04 left in the quarter, Casspi landed awkwardly, rolling his ankle and dropping to the floor clutching his lower leg. Down for a couple minutes, he eventually got up and limped into the locker room, accompanied by physical performance specialist Chelsea Lane.

Casspi played six minutes off the bench, producing 6 points, one assist and one rebound against his former team.

He joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Pat McCaw and Klay Thompson on the sideline.

Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks


Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will return to their relatively normal selves sometime early next month.

That’s at the very soonest, and assuming all goes well over the next three weeks.

Add Kevin Durant to the list of All-Stars who will miss significant time. The forward underwent an MRI test Friday that revealed “an incomplete rib cartilage fracture” that will keep him out of the lineup at least two weeks.

Durant, the team’s leading scorer at 26.6 points per game, joins No. 2 scorer Stephen Curry and No. 3 scorer Klay Thompson on the sideline. Curry will be out at least another week, Thompson closer to two weeks.

The upshot: The Warriors' slim chance of overtaking the Rockets for the No. 1 overall seed are fading toward invisibility.

With the playoffs four weeks away, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will spend the rest of this month juggling lineups and rotations with the limited available options.

The first replacement starter at small forward, Friday night against Sacramento, is Andre Iguodala. Kerr over the next couple weeks likely will try several options. Omri Casspi is another possibility, as well as Draymond Green getting some minutes at small forward. The decisions will be based mostly on matchups.

Durant, however, may be the ultimate NBA mismatch insofar as there is no other 6-foot-11 small forward with his broad skills and versatility.

“They said (I’ll be out) a couple weeks,” he said prior to tipoff against the Kings. “I’m just trying to get healthy. Just trying to make sure I’m out there and able to be me on the court.

“It’s not great, timing-wise, but it’s all about feeling better when I’m out there playing.”

Durant sustained the injury last Sunday in Minnesota, after taking an elbow to the ribs from Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.

“I thought it was just a little contusion,” said Durant, who will not go on the upcoming road trip to Phoenix and San Antonio.

Durant played through the discomfort Wednesday night against the Lakers, leading the Warriors in scoring with 26 points. During that game, he went to close out and “felt something stretch and pull.”

After going through a light practice Thursday, pain intensified, leading to the MRI test and diagnosis.

“I wish we were out there hooping and using these days to get better and sharpening up our skills,” he said. “But that’s what happens when you play a contact sport. Stuff happens.

“It could have been worse for all three of us. But, luckily, it’s not.”