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DeMarcus Cousins: NBA fans have said racial slurs to me multiple times

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DeMarcus Cousins: NBA fans have said racial slurs to me multiple times

DeMarcus Cousins says fans have directed racial slurs at him multiple times in his NBA career. 

“Oh, I’ve been called n-----,” the Warriors center told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. “And it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back and I was still punished for it."

Cousins did not identify the cities in which he'd heard racial slurs directed at him. Citing league sources, Haynes reported that one of the cities was Sacramento. The report did not identify which team Cousins was playing for at the time, but the six-time All-Star spent the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Kings. 

The NBA told Cousins to "ignore it," according to Cousins. 

"While it would not be appropriate for us to address any specific conversations we have with individual players, we review all situations involving alleged fan misconduct," the league told Yahoo Sports in a statement. "If we confirm the misconduct, appropriate measures are taken directly with the fan in question." 

On March 11, a Utah Jazz fan taunted Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook said the fan and his wife "told me to get down on my knees like you 'used to,'" and believed the comments were "racial." 

On March 12, Westbrook ultimately was fined $25,000 "for directing profanity and threatening language" at the fan, whom the Jazz permanently banned from all future events at Vivint Smart Home Arena. 

Cousins said he "[didn't] really understand" why Westbrook was fined, noting that NBA players are "the product" and "push this league." He said it's human nature to respond to hateful language, and especially in a highly-charged, competitive environment of an NBA game.

"If you was somewhere walking down the street and somebody says something crazy to you, you’re going to react," Cousins said. "So just because it’s a basketball event doesn’t mean those emotions go out the door or us being a human being goes out the door. It’s the same thing.

"And it makes it even worse because we’re at work. If a dude comes up to you at work and says something crazy, does it change it? And it’s already enough emotions in a basketball game. I wish I had the answer to [resolve this], but something needs to be done because obviously, it’s a bigger issue than they want it to be put it out as.”

Why John Oliver name-dropped Warriors' Marquese Chriss in NBA-China monologue

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Why John Oliver name-dropped Warriors' Marquese Chriss in NBA-China monologue

Warriors big man Marquese Chriss has been the talk of training camp, but he apparently caught the eye of comedian John Oliver -- or his writers room -- long before that. 

On Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight" on HBO, Oliver recapped China's backlash against the NBA following Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet in support of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. Oliver called China's uproar over Morey's tweet "absurd," before facetiously criticizing Morey for letting Chriss go in a trade last season. 

"You wanna be angry at him, how about the fact he traded away power forward Marquese Chriss as part of a three-team deal with the Kings and Cavaliers back in February?" Oliver joked. "Chriss is [6-foot-10] with a 7-foot wingspan, plays way above the rim and can mix it up in the post. Yes, granted, he's had his issues on the Suns -- I'm not denying that. But he's the exact type of athletic big man that could have balanced out [Russell Westbrook and James Harden] especially when he's coming off the bench for P.J. Tucker.

"What I'm saying, Daryl, is your tweet about Hong Kong was totally fine -- nothing to apologize for there -- but when it comes to Marquese Chriss, you f----d up, Daryl!"

Oliver then quipped he wasn't "even a Rockets fan," but one of "competent midseason roster moves."

The Warriors signed Chriss to a non-guaranteed contract in September. The No. 8 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft has impressed his Golden State teammates and coaches, providing the Warriors size up front and rebounding -- two things they've lacked in the preseason with much of their frontcourt banged up. 

During the segment, Oliver criticized the NBA for its handling of the aftermath of Morey's tweet, which Morey walked back and the league apologized for. Following the league's apology, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that Morey "enjoys that right [to freedom of speech] as one of our employees." Chinese state broadcaster CCTV did not show a pair of the league's preseason games played in China last week. 

[RELATED: What we learned in Dubs' second preseason loss to Lakers]

Oliver noted that "the NBA has put itself in a tight spot," but contended that the league would be unable to navigate out of it. In wrapping up the segment, he invoked Chriss once more. 

"And the reality is here that the NBA can either have a commitment to free speech, or they can have guaranteed access to the Chinese market, but they cannot have both," Oliver argued. "This will not be the last time that they'll be forced to choose, and my fear is they'll trade one for the other -- which would be the worst trade since Daryl Morey shipped out Marquese Chriss."

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 104-98 preseason loss to Lakers

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 104-98 preseason loss to Lakers

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The Warriors took their first trip away from Chase Center and it didn't go as planned. 

Even with the Lakers sitting LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Warriors -- who sat Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell -- lost 104-98, their second defeat of the preseason. 

The Warriors struggled from the field most of the night and got off to a poor start, making just 19 percent of their first-quarter shots. 

To catch you up on the loss, here are three takeaways from the game.  

Steph and others struggle from the field

Following a 40-point performance last time out, Stephen Curry couldn't carry that over to Southern California, finishing 6 of 17 from the field on the night. 

Curry -- who has long struggled to shoot at Staples Center -- shouldn't be concerned with the long-term effects of the bad shooting night. Still, his performance set the tone for the rest of the roster, as Golden State finished 36.2 percent from the field. 

Rookie Jordan Poole -- who came into Monday's game shooting 47 percent in the preseason -- made just 3 of his 17 shot attempts, while Eric Paschall finished 2-of-7.

The rookies were bound to have a bad game after their respective hot starts to the preseason. Like Curry, they have a chance for redemption Wednesday against the same Lakers team. 

Golden State still can't rebound 

For much of the week, Warriors coach Steve Kerr lamented his team's poor rebounding effort. On Monday, Golden State did little to quell Kerr's concerns, as the team was outrebounded once again, 48-46. 

Dwight Howard was a big reason for the Warriors' struggles, grabbing 12 of his game-high 13 rebounds in the first half. Los Angeles took a 35-24 rebound advantage into halftime. 

With Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley Stein out, Golden State will have many nights like these. The key will be how effectively the Warriors' offense can counteract the problem. 

Chriss continues to impress

Marquese Chriss has been the surprise of camp, providing a badly-needed presence in the frontcourt. On Monday, he continued his solid play, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. 

Currently on a non-guaranteed deal, Chriss is proving he belongs on the regular-season roster. Due to his emergence, the Warriors find themselves in a conundrum heading into the final weekend of camp. With little cap space, the team will either have to cut a player to make room for Chriss, or make a trade to unload a salary off the books.

[RELATED: Warriors' offseason gamble on Chriss appears it will pay off]

Either way, it's becoming more and more likely Chriss will be on the Warriors' roster on Opening Night.