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SBD/December 22, 2011/Franchises
NBA Franchise Notes: T'Wolves Hoping Ricky Rubio Will Provide Spark
Published December 22, 2011
IN THE COURTS: In Oakland, Paul Rosynsky reports former Warriors Dir of Community Relations Erika Smith is “claiming in a lawsuit that star guard Monta Ellis engaged in a months-long sexual harassment campaign, sending her numerous sexually suggestive texts including a picture of his genitalia.” Smith also claims that “the team's owners and general manager purposely attempted to protect their ‘franchise’ player by ‘sweeping (the allegations) under the rug.’” Smith is suing the team, Ellis, co-Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, GM Larry Riley and “other unnamed team representatives.” She is “seeking unspecified monetary damages for numerous legal causes including emotional distress, lost wages and lost future earnings.” Warriors President & COO Rick Welts “denied the allegations” (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 12/22).
WIN-WIN FOR ALL: In Chicago, David Haugh notes the Bulls on Wednesday signed G Derrick Rose to a five-year, $94.8M million contract extension, and “without even factoring in how the contract legitimizes the Bulls long-term championship hopes, the money invested in Rose will seem like a bargain by the time the deal runs out in 2017.” Haugh: “Think of how the image of Rose soaring in his No. 1 jersey symbolizes the sleek elegance of Chicago every bit as much as the skyline. From China to Chinatown, Rose represents the city in exemplary fashion every game he puts on a Bulls uniform on national TV, every commercial he shoots.” Rose “embraces the role of city ambassador with more modesty but less panache than Michael Jordan.” Haugh: “With apologies to Brian Urlacher and Jonathan Toews, Rose has become the face of Chicago sports most easily recognized and universally respected” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/22).