Author: Dan Feldman

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Thabo Sefolosha suing New York, police


Hawks wing Thabo Sefolosha said he wants to put his not-guilty verdict behind him.

Ahead of him: A civil suit.

Rebecca Rosenberg and Julia Marsh of the New York Post:

The NBA player who beat criminal charges of resisting arrest in a melee outside a Manhattan nightclub plans to sue the city and eight cops for up to $50 million over what he claims are “permanent” injuries, even though he’s back on the court — and dunking.

Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks says in a legal notice that the broken leg he suffered when cops pushed him to the ground outside celebrity hot spot 1Oak last April caused him to “become substantially disabled.”

The physical “damages are permanent in nature and continuing into the future,” according to the notice of claim filed with the city’s comptroller.

It’s not hard to watch video of multiple cops dragging Sefolosha in different directions, one thwacking him with a nightstick, and see wrongdoing:

But it will be difficult for Sefolosha to prove his claim that his injury is permanent. These Hawks tweets don’t help:

That second one could play into Sefolosha’s legal strategy, though. Just because Sefolosha is playing well doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have played better if the police hadn’t hurt him. When it comes to that basketball-specific argument, the players union could really help him.

Sefolosha cares about seeing justice. That’s why he went to trial despite a plea offer that contained minimal punishment.

This lawsuit should draw more attention to a police department that has a poor record in its treatment of minorities. Win or lose, Sefolosha is shining light on an important issue that extends well beyond him.

Report: Spurs waiving Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette, Leandro Barbosa

Jimmer Fredette was surprised the Spurs signed him.

Considering they guaranteed $507,711 of his salary – a pretty whopping sum for just a training-camp player – this might be more surprising.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Fredette is a good 3-point shooter when he can get his shot off. But he’s point guard sized and an a poor distributor. He’s an even worse defender.

He’s a borderline NBA player who probably belongs in the league, though not necessarily on this deep Spurs squad. That they saw enough in him to give such a large guarantee is a little surprising, but they might have just wanted to get the best player possible into camp. Over the salary cap and under the luxury-tax line, it’s just money.

This leaves six Spurs without guaranteed salaries behind 13 with fully guaranteed salaries:

Who will snag the final two regular-season roster spots?

Bonner, the only Spur with a partial guarantee ($749,594), seems like a safe bet. But considering San Antonio just waived the partially guaranteed Fredette, I’m not completely certain.

After Bonner, Williams or Butler looks like favorites. With the winner of that competition getting an NBA salary and the loser walking away with nothing, the stakes are high.

Fredette, on the other hand, will get more than half a million dollars for a few weeks of practice and a couple preseason games.

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, facing sexual-abuse allegations, not seeking reelection

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Former NBA player Kevin Johnson – facing numerous scandals, including multiple cases of sexual abuse – announced he will not seek a third term as Sacramento mayor:

Two of the sexual-abuse allegations occurred years ago, though a new one was levied earlier this year.

It’s a wonder Johnson lasted this long in public office.

Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks Shabazz Muhammad’s fastbreak dunk attempt (video)

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Shabazz Muhammad didn’t go up weakly with this.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is that good.

And it wasn’t even his top highlight of the game.

This is why two of us picked him to win Most Improved player.

Chris Paul tells ref not to treat him like kid, gets ejected (video)


Chris Paul didn’t make it out of the third quarter of last night’s Clippers-Warriors game.

Because he wanted to be treated like an adult.

Paul told a ref: “I’ve got two kids of my own. Don’t treat me like one.” That got him tossed.

Considering he’d already played nearly 20 minutes in the preseason game, I doubt he minded the early exit.