Warriors and Ellis face sexual harassment suit


Warriors and Ellis face sexual harassment suit

EDITOR'S NOTE: Insider Matt Steinmetz is in Sacramento for tonight's game between the Warriors and Kings and will continue to update this online report, as well as providing details on SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and midnight.

SACRAMENTO A former employee of the Golden State Warriors is suing Monta Ellis and the team for sexual harassment, according to an e-mail obtained by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.An e-mail from the law offices of Burton F. Boltuch said that on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a plaintiff will file the suit in Oakland at the Superior Court of Alameda County. The e-mail said a press conference will be held afterward to discuss the allegations.Warriors coach Mark Jackson had no comment on the matter when asked about it Tuesday night. GM Larry Riley, who was named in the suit, also declined to discuss it.Ellis was unavailable for comment before the game. Typically, he does not make himself available to the media before games. Ellis also did not speak with reporters after the Warriors' 95-91 loss in Sacramento.
A message was left for Boltuch late Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.
Ellis, entering his seventh season playing for Golden State, was in Sacramento with the team, which plays an exhibition game against the Kings. The team had not arrived for the game at the time of this writing.According to the e-mail, Boltuch will discuss 14 allegations, including flagrant violations of Californias prohibition against sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.Boltuchs e-mail was sent at 3 p.m., West Coast time, to more than 300 recipients.The e-mail said the complaint will be filed Wednesday morning before the 9:30 a.m., press conference.In addition to Ellis, also named in the lawsuit are co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and Larry Riley.

After leaving season opener early, Draymond, Casspi miss Warriors practice


After leaving season opener early, Draymond, Casspi miss Warriors practice

The Warriors opened their season Tuesday night with a loss in which they looked considerably worse than what is expected of a defending champion.

What’s worse is that they also feel it.

Though Andre Iguodala’s back strain recovered enough for him to participate in practice for the first time in a week, Draymond Green’s right knee sprain and Omri Casspi’s left ankle sprain kept them on the sideline Wednesday.

While Green awaits the results of an MRI test, Casspi was limited to individual shooting drills. The availability of both is in doubt for the game Friday night against the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Casspi, a reserve forward, has sustained injuries to both ankles in a five-day span and even if he’s able to play he won’t be at full strength.

Green simply will not return to the lineup until he’s able, though Kerr sounded optimistic about his chances this weekend.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Kerr said. “But we’ll see.”

If Casspi can’t play, the bench thins along the front line. It would mean more minutes for the likes of Kevon Looney and Pat McCaw.

If Green can’t play, well, that makes a massive impact that runs from the starting lineup all the way through the reserves. His intensity, production and communication are important to the Warriors at both ends of the court.

Some of that would be mitigated by the return of Iguodala, who may be more optimistic than Kerr about his chances of playing Friday.

“If Andre is banged up, he won’t play,” Kerr said. We’ll just make do with what we have.

“Hopefully, Andre will be OK. He’s been getter better every day. He’s pretty confident that he’s on the right track. So hopefully, he’ll play.”

Considering there is a game against the Grizzlies in Memphis less than 20 hours after the final buzzer in New Orleans, the issue is not whether the defending champs will have their roster taxed but to what degree.

Bulls forward Bobby Portis suspended multiple games for punching teammate


Bulls forward Bobby Portis suspended multiple games for punching teammate

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for the first eight games for injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic during a fight at practice.

Mirotic suffered multiple broken bones in his face as well as a concussion on Tuesday. He will likely need surgery and is out indefinitely.

The team announced the suspension on Wednesday. Chicago opens the season at Toronto on Thursday.

A 2015 first-round pick, Portis has averaged 6.9 points and 5 rebounds. He will be allowed to practice with the team while he is suspended.

Mirotic averaged 10.8 points over his first three seasons with Chicago. A restricted free agent, he signed a two-year contract that could pay as much as $27 million in September. The club holds an option on the second season.