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Report: Draymond Green-Tristan Thompson beef spills over at LeBron party

Report: Draymond Green-Tristan Thompson beef spills over at LeBron party

Tensions ran high between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson during (and after) the NBA Finals. 

Thompson shoved the ball in the side of Green's face after the former was ejected at the end of Game 1, and Green told NBC Sports Bay Area during the Warriors' championship parade that he refused to shake Thompson's hand at the end of Golden State's four-game sweep. 

"I told one of them dudes on the Cavs. After the game he tried to shake my hand," Green said at the parade in June. "I said, 'Tristan we ain't cut the same.'"

Fast forward about a month, and Thompson reportedly took exception.

That's according to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson, who elaborated on Bossip's earlier story on Tuesday and reported that Tristan Thompson "out of nowhere attacked Green" at a LeBron James-hosted party at a West Hollywood restaurant on July 18. 

LeBron James and Kevin Durant were among the NBA stars that broke up the altercation, sources told Thompson. One source told The Athletic the inciting incident was "more like a shove," while another called it a "face mush." 

Either way, their beef didn't last much longer, Thompson wrote:

After a conflict resolution session among NBA millionaires, temperatures settled. The party continued with Green and Thompson co-existing without issue, laughing and partying the rest of the night.

It won't feature LeBron James, but a Cavaliers-Warriors rematch looking a lot more interesting all of a sudden. 

Warriors, Hawks announce 'Voter’s Win' registration competition for fans

Warriors, Hawks announce 'Voter’s Win' registration competition for fans

Neither the Warriors nor the Atlanta Hawks were invited to participate last month in the NBA’s Orlando restart. Already eliminated from postseason, they were relegated being spectators.

Neither franchise, however, settled for short-term irrelevance. They will compete against each other in ways that exceed the boundaries of sports.

Both teams announced Thursday that they are launching a “Voter’s Win” registration drive involving their fans, with the winner will be determined by the fan base best represented by new voters between Aug. 13 and national election day on Nov. 3.

“It’s great that the Warriors and Hawks are coming together on this program to challenge to get our fans to register to vote,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It's a collective effort. It’s something the NBA believes in deeply, that everybody in this country takes part in our democracy.

“This is not about who you're voting for. It's about exercising your right as an American citizen to vote. We want to make it into a competition, have little fun with it and challenge everybody out there to register and be ready to vote in November.”

The initiative, in partnership with “I Am a Voter” organization, will be split into a four-quarter format, like NBA games, with the “score” being announced at the end of each quarter. Dub Nation can engage the process by texting “WARRIORS” to 26797 to receive instructions.

The winner of each quarter will receive the “Good Trouble” trophy, so named after the signature phrase of the late Rep. John Lewis.

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“‘The Voters Win’ competition is a fun way to encourage fans to use their voices and exercise their right to vote,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said in a statement. “It’s incredibly important that every member of our community, that is of age, is registered to vote and with 82 days left until the general election, the time is now to make sure you are ready for November.”

Behind such activists as Stephen Curry, COO Rick Welts and Kerr, this is the latest example of the Warriors' commitment to making statements beyond the court.

 

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Kirk Lacob: Warriors 'got a lot of ammo,' will contend for 2021 title

Kirk Lacob: Warriors 'got a lot of ammo,' will contend for 2021 title

Does Kirk Lacob believe the Warriors can compete for a championship in 2020-21?

Golden State's assistant general manager could not have been more clear when he spoke with Kerith Burke and Grant Liffmann on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast.

"Hell yes. Emphatically yes," he said. "We've got an awesome core that has done this before. It's our job to surround them with enough pieces to not just compete, but really contend. Our job is a lot easier than most of the other front offices around the league (because) we don't have to find Steph (Curry), Klay (Thompson) and Draymond (Green) -- we've got them.

"I 100 percent think we can contend for a championship next year. If we don't, that's on us, and we gotta figure out what we're doing wrong. We 100 percent can -- we will. We've got a lot of ammo now. We didn't have ammo before.

"We were always either picking late or didn't have a pick. We had maybe one (of the taxpayer midlevel exception or a trade exception). That was it. Our team as was had to be good enough, and luckily it was good enough three out of five times.

"Now we've got (ways) to add to this. We just gotta get these next few pieces right, plain and simple. We gotta do it."

To quote the legendary Ace Ventura: "Allllllllrighty then."

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The Warriors do have "a lot of ammo" to improve the roster this offseason. When it comes to draft assets, they are guaranteed to end up with a top-five pick in October (14 percent chance of No. 1 overall), and have the very valuable 2021 top-three protected selection they acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in February (plus the T-Wolves' 2021 second rounder, which could be in the early 30s).

They possess a $17.2 million traded player exception, which enables them to acquire a veteran scheduled to make up to that salary amount in 2020-21, or they can strike a couple of deals to net multiple players. For example, they can add someone who makes $9.2 million and someone else who makes $8 million.

Additionally, a legitimate piece could enter the fold via the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception. Also, there should be several solid options at the veteran minimum. Plain and simple, they have a lot of flexibility and different paths to choose from.

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Having said all of this, it's unclear how much money the franchise will be willing to spend because of the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Ownership reportedly is exploring loan options to deal with the pending shortfalls in revenue, and that could make a huge difference.

Ultimately, we will have a much better idea of the Warriors' 2021 title chances in mid-to-late October. Yours truly cannot wait to see how the dust settles.

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