Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said Friday that Raptors President Masai Ujiri hit the deputy with his arm on the side of his face as Ujiri shoved him to try to get onto the court after the Raptors won the NBA championship on Thursday in Oakland. Kelly says Ujiri also shouted obscenities at the deputy. He says the incident started when Ujiri tried to walk past the deputy, who was checking credentials. Kelly says investigators are reviewing footage from body cameras worn by the deputy and other officers, the stadium’s surveillance video and cellphone video.
January 25, 2021 | 2:10 pm EST Update
Noah Levick: From Dwight Howard: -Thinks the keys for Joel Embiid are staying “humble and hungry” -Would like to play at least five more years -Prepares the same way when Embiid is questionable leading into a game; role is to “bring the pain,” he says with a smile
Kelly Iko: Silas says today was the first time that John Wall and Victor Oladipo shared the floor. Adds that it looked good for the first time. “They’re both willing to work with each other, they’re happy to be together.”
Oleh Kosel: Following today’s shoot-around, Josh Hart says that the Pelicans want to play with more pace in games, but they must be better defensively for that to become a reality. “Our defense has been terrible.”