One of the most revered figures in Warriors franchise history is being recognized this, as Al Attles will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.
Attles spent the past six decades working with the organization, starting as the team’s point guard in 1960. After 12 years as a player, Attles served as the team’s coach before transitioning into a front-office role and becoming an ambassador for the franchise.
“I feel tremendous, this is a very, very nice honor,” Attles said on Thursday. “I really appreciate what these people have done for me and I hope can continue doing what I do for them.”
Attles is part of a 12-person class being inducted with the 2019 class, including former Kings forward and current general manager Vlade Divac.
“Having been married to the organization for more than 54 years, it's time,” Attles’ wife, Wilhelmina said. ”It’s really a dream come true.”
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Attles' No. 16 is retired by Golden State, and in 2014, Attles received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hall of Fame. This is the highest honor it bestows outside of induction.
The 2019 enshrinement ceremony will be broadcast on NBA TV beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT on Friday afternoon.
Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri will not face criminal charges over an alleged altercation with an Alameda County sheriff's deputy during the NBA Finals, the County District Attorney's office told NBC Bay Area in a statement Tuesday.
The sheriff's office alleged that Ujiri struck and pushed a sheriff's deputy as he tried to gain access to the Oracle Arena floor following Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on June 13. The district attorney's office received incident reports from the Alameda County Sheriff and Oakland Police Department in late July, conducting "additional investigation and witness interviews" until Sept. 1, a spokesperson from the district attorney's office said in a statement.
Ujiri, his attorneys and Assistant District Attorney Terry Wiley met Monday, focusing "on matters that we believe merited constructive, structured mediation and conflict resolution and were better handled in a setting outside of the courtroom."
In June, the sheriff's office admitted Ujiri showed his NBA identification before trying to get on the Oracle Arena floor following the Raptors' win but told The Globe and Mail in June that Ujiri didn't have necessary credentials to get on the court. The sheriff's office shared still images with The Globe that showed there was an altercation, though they did not allow the paper to publish the images. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern told KPIX-TV in June that he would recommend Ujiri face a charge of misdemeanor battery of an officer.
In Tuesday's statement, a district attorney's office spokesperson said "[there] will be no further action taken" against Ujiri.
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Former Warriors forward Kevin Durant recently was a guest on the "Knuckleheads" podcast with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles, and he was asked the following question.
"Out of all the teammates you've played with -- if you can pick four to create a starting lineup with, who are the other four players? Out of all your teammates and your current roster right now with Brooklyn."
After a solid five-second pause, the Nets' superstar said Kyrie Irving and James Harden would be the backcourt.
After a 10-second pause, KD said Draymond Green would be his power forward. And he eventually landed on Serge Ibaka at center.
"We can switch everything on D and we are all-world scorers and facilitators," the two-time NBA Finals MVP explained. "And we can block shots. That's a perfect team."
What about that Steph Curry guy?
It's understandable why Durant included Kyrie. That's his current point guard and one of his best friends.
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But he could have gone with Curry over Harden.
At least he included Draymond, right?
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