Officials: Raptors exec Masai Ujiri struck, pushed deputy at Oracle Arena


Officials: Raptors exec Masai Ujiri struck, pushed deputy at Oracle Arena

Raptors president of operations Masai Ujiri allegedly struck and pushed a sheriff's deputy at Oracle Arena as he tried to gain access to the court to celebrate his team’s first NBA championship, Sgt. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office confirmed to NBC Sports Washington on Friday morning.

The sheriff’s office told NBC Bay Area on Thursday night that it, along with the Oakland Police Department, is investigating an incident in which "a man believed to be a Toronto Raptors executive" pushed and struck a sheriff's deputy in the face on the court at Oracle after Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Kelly declined to identify the executive, who was not arrested, when asked by The San Francisco Chronicle. However, he did confirm to NBC Sports Washington that it was Ujiri.

The sheriff's office considers the case to be misdemeanor battery on an officer.

Kelly told NBC Sports Washington that the sheriff's deputy blocked Ujiri from the court because the Raptors executive did not display the appropriate credentials. Kelly said the sheriff's deputy was following strict security protocol and didn't recognize Ujiri.

“The incident is being looked at, and we are cooperating with authorities. We look forward to resolving the situation," a Raptors spokesperson said to NBC Sports Washington.

A video of the incident from NBC Bay Area shows a man standing in between a Raptors executive and deputies, with his arms outstretched. Eventually, the executive is guided through the crowd to the court by Kyle Lowry and proceeds to celebrate with the team.

NBC Sports Bay Area's requests to sheriff's officials and the Raptors for comment weren't returned.

Kelly said once the sheriff's deputies realized who Ujiri was, they opted to let him go celebrate, but they are gathering evidence to submit a complaint to the district attorney over the incident.

NBC Bay Area broke news of the incident in the early morning hours after the Raptors beat the Warriors for the title.

Ujiri could be leaving the Raptors shortly after steering them to the championship. NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported that the Wizards are preparing to offer Ujiri the top job in their front office. That offer could include everything from an ownership stake in Monumental, or an eight-figure salary.

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. DeMarcus Cousins. Shaun Livingston. What do they have in common?

None of them play for the Warriors anymore.

Klay Thompson is expected to miss a large portion of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL. Combine all of this with the fact the Western Conference is insanely loaded, and you got people who believe the Dubs will either struggle to make the playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.

Steph Curry played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and had the following interaction with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

The break in the action on the 16th hole was coming to an end. Curry’s turn was near, leaving time for one final question.

Are the Warriors making the playoffs?

He was almost through the word “facts” when he realized it was a question and not a statement. Suddenly, his calm expression disappeared. His face scrunched and his voice elevated above a whisper, adding a shriek for emphasis.

“What?!” he said, playfully agitated by the sheer audacity of the question. “What?!”

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight years. They've appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three titles.

Curry is a two-time MVP and is on the short list of best players in the NBA. Draymond Green is incredible and always will be underrated.

Golden State added 23-year old D'Angelo Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season en route to making his first All-Star Game.

[RELATEDWarriors didn't sign Russell just to trade him, Myers says]

Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers still are onboard. 

Be careful doubting the Dubs.

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15


NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

Who is the best player in the NBA?

If you asked five different people, you might get five different answers. But where's the fun in that?

Enter the NBA2K video game series. 

The ratings for the top 20 players in the new NBA2K20 game were unveiled Monday, and while it's hard to argue with the players that were included, there's naturally plenty of controversy regarding their respective rankings.

For instance, Warriors fans might feel like Steph Curry belongs in the top five. NBA2K20 disagrees. 

Curry came in as the No. 6 ranked players in NBA2K20 with an overall rating of 95, just behind Houston's James Harden and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (both 96 overall). 

Rounding out the top three: reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounpo (96 overall), reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97 overall), and finally, the Lakers' LeBron James (97 overall).

Just like his fellow backcourt mate, one could make the case Golden State's Klay Thompson is underrated as well. With an overall rating of 89, Thompson comes in at No. 14 in the player rankings.

While you can quibble with the Splash Brothers' overall rankings, you can't when it comes to their specialized skill sets. Out of all the players in NBA2K20, Curry and Thompson are ranked as the two best 3-point shooters, respectively. Curry has the maximum 3-point shooting rating possible (99), while Thompson isn't far behind at 97. 

Now, the most pressing NBA2K20 ratings question remaining: Where the heck is Draymond Green?