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Masai Ujiri sued by officer from incident at Game 6 of 2019 NBA Finals


Masai Ujiri sued by officer from incident at Game 6 of 2019 NBA Finals

The Toronto Raptors won the final NBA game at Oracle Arena, beating the Warriors to clinch the 2019 Finals, the franchise’s first since joining the league in 1995.

On his way down to the court to celebrate with his team, Raptors team president Masai Ujiri reportedly was involved in an altercation with arena security after not showing proper credentials.

On Friday, Alan Strickland -- the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department officer involved in the incident with Ujiri -- filed a federal lawsuit in California against Ujiri, along with the Raptors organization, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the NBA.

Strickland indicates in the affidavit that he “suffered injury to his head, body, health, strength, nervous system, and person, all of which have caused and continue to cause Plaintiff great mental, emotional, psychological, physical, and nervous pain and suffering.”

He says in the lawsuit that he suffered a “permanent disability” as a result of the altercation, alleging that Ujiri hit him “in the face and chest with both fists.”

Strickland is seeking general damages in excess of $75,000, as well as punitive damages and medical and legal costs associated with the incident and subsequent litigation.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office announced in October that no charges would be filed against Ujiri for the incident, which occurred on June 13, 2019.

Warriors-LeBron James Finals rematch possible per proposed NBA changes

Warriors-LeBron James Finals rematch possible per proposed NBA changes

When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, that all but assured there would be no future NBA Finals encounters between him and the Warriors.

Not so fast.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported Saturday that the NBA is considering making dramatic changes to the league calendar, citing sources. The potential changes include slightly shortening the regular season, instituting a 30-team in-season tournament, a postseason play-in setup and a reseeding of the four conference finalists. All changes would take effect for the 2021-22 season, the NBA's 75th anniversary.

The conference finalists would be reseeded according to their regular-season records. This would, in theory, increase the likelihood that the league's two best teams advance to the NBA Finals.

After facing LeBron in the Finals four consecutive years, you can be sure the prospect of facing The King again for the ultimate prize isn't an ideal scenario for the Warriors, despite the fact they prevailed in three of those four series. It's worth noting, though, that due to the timing, a fifth potential Finals matchup with LeBron might not be as daunting for Golden State as the last four.

Given that the proposed changes would go in effect for the 2021-22 season, the Warriors have reason to believe James wouldn't be as effective in their next Finals encounter as he is now. That's at least two more seasons of immense mileage for the active leader in career minutes played, and given the way the Lakers have looked to begin the current season, a lengthy playoff run wouldn't come as a surprise. Meanwhile, the Warriors essentially are taking an off-year, understanding that the current season is a lost one, but the next one offers the possibility of an expedited turnaround.

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If and when the Warriors and Lakers meet in the Finals at least two-plus seasons from now, there's a good chance James won't be able to put his team on his back quite like Golden State has seen him do so many times.

Then again, we've never seen anyone like James, and he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. Until he calls it quits, the Warriors likely are going to have to go through him, whether it's on their way to the Finals, or for the championship.

Raptors began ring concepts before beating Warriors in 2019 NBA Finals

Raptors began ring concepts before beating Warriors in 2019 NBA Finals

The Raptors had a lot of confidence in themselves last season, despite facing the two-time defending champions in the NBA Finals. 

Peter Kanis, president of Baron Championship Rings, told reporters during halftime of the Raptors' season opener Tuesday that Toronto began making championship ring concepts before the Finals ended. Well, they put their money where their mouth is and beat the Warriors in six games. 

The Raptors received their championship rings before their 130-122 overtime win over the Pelicans, and the team has made jewelry history.

There's a 1.25-carat diamond sitting on top of the Larry O'Brien Trophy on the ring, which is the largest single diamond in any professional sports ring. The ring has 14 carats worth of diamonds and more than 650 total diamonds. Both are the most ever in a professional championship ring. 

"It's the best one I've seen as far as championship rings," Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said to reporters, via ESPN. "Have to figure out how to wear it. It's a little uncomfortable on my hands."

Oh, and of course Drake received a ring. 

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One might say these rings are ... hotline bling. No? Either way, history has been made.