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Draymond Green faces lawsuit: 'I still feel his hand on my jaw'

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Draymond Green faces lawsuit: 'I still feel his hand on my jaw'

Draymond Green, a star forward for the Golden State Warriors, was slapped with a lawsuit Tuesday.

Jermaine Edmondson and Bianca Williams brought claims of physical assault, bullying and misleading statements against the professional basketball player stemming from two incidents in Michigan last summer, according to lawyer Lisa Bloom, who is representing the accusers.

The first sentence of their lawsuit claims that "Draymond Green is a bully."

"The filing of this lawsuit was a last resort," Bloom said. "Mr. Green has refused to accept responsibility for his conduct and so we will ask a jury to educate him and hold him accountable."

The incidents of alleged violence occurred last July in East Lansing, Mich., which is the home of Green's college alma mater. Edmondson alleges that Green bumped into him at a bar and bullied him with a demeaning comment about being a scholarship athlete who Green is paying for. 

Green then turned to his entourage, according to Bloom. That's when two men with Green allegedly pushed Edmondson against a wall and choked him, according to Bloom. Williams tried to intervene, but one of the men grabbed her by neck and also pushed her against a wall.

"I still feel that man's hand around my neck and it will forever be traumatizing," Williams said.

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Draymond Green: Warriors training camp profile

Draymond Green: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

SIXTH IN A SERIES

Player: Draymond Green
Position: Power Forward
Height/weight: 6-7, 230
College: Michigan State
Age: 28
Salary: $17.47M (Year 4 of a five-year contract worth $82M per Spotrac).
NBA 2K Player Rating: 87

2017-18 in review: Though Green’s defense generally was stellar, it didn’t meet the standard set the previous season, when he was rightfully voted Defensive Player of the Year. He also struggled with his 3-point shot. No question he felt the affects of several injuries, most notably nagging shoulder soreness. Yet he still led the team in rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. Green was, despite the numbers, still an overall force worthy of his third consecutive trip to the All-Star Game.

Key stats: 70 games (70 starts), averaging 11.0 points (45.4 percent FG, 30.1 percent 3p), 7.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

Season highs: Points (25), rebounds (16), assists (16), blocks (six), steals (four, three times), minutes (40).

2018-19 outlook: Insofar as Green does not take well to failure, expect him to raise his overall defense to a level that would put him back in the DPOY conversation. Assuming a summer of physical healing, his shot should improve enough to once again force teams to guard him up top. Green’s fiery ways will continue -- they’re a crucial element of the team’s chemistry -- but don’t be surprised if there is a reduction in technical fouls related to jawing with officials.

DeMarcus Cousins likes NBA's new shoe rule: 'Adam Silver is super dope'

DeMarcus Cousins likes NBA's new shoe rule: 'Adam Silver is super dope'

If you're the commissioner of any professional sports league, chances are you're not popular among your fans or the players. Just ask NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

But for NBA commissioner Adam Silver, the players in his league generally like him. That much is clear from a recent comment from new Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins.

When asked about the NBA's new rule allowing players to wear shoes with any color combination on them, Cousins said this to The Undefeated:

“The NBA is giving us a chance to really be creative, to be ourselves on the court. … The league has been doing a great job of that lately. Adam Silver is super dope for that. He’s letting us be creative creatures out there, so you can expect some wild stuff. … I’ll do my thing, but I’m a little more low-key.”

A current NBA player just said his commissioer is "super dope." Wow. Goodell and Bettman must be really jealous reading that.