Lawyers for Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri say a law enforcement officer's court motion should be denied, calling allegations about a confrontation between the two at the 2019 NBA Finals "a complete fabrication." Ujiri's legal team filed its response on Monday to Alameda County sheriff's deputy Alan Strickland's motion to the United States District Court in California, which came in the aftermath of the Raptors executive's counterclaim earlier this year. It lists examples including the 1993 stabbing of tennis star Monica Seles, the killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the 2004 NBA brawl between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers have hired former Toronto assistant Nate Bjorkgren as their new head coach.Bjorkgren spent the last two seasons on the staff of Raptors coach Nick Nurse and helped Toronto win its first NBA title in 2018-19.It's the first NBA head coaching job for the 45-year-old Bjorkgren. He also spent two years as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns, and was a head coach in the developmental G League from 2011-15 with Dakota/Santa Cruz, Iowa and Bakersfield.Bjorkgren got his professional coaching start under Nurse as an assistant with Iowa from 2007-11.Bjorkgren takes over from Nate McMillan, who was fired after the Pacers were swept by Miami in the first round of the 2019-20 playoffs. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2020.The Canadian Press
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers hired Nate Bjorkgren as their new coach Tuesday.Bjorkgren's hiring ends a two-month search that began when the Pacers fired Nate McMillan on Aug. 26, just weeks after giving McMillan a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.Bjorkgren joins the Pacers after spending the last two seasons on Nick Nurse's staff in Toronto, where he helped the Raptors capture their first NBA championship in 2018-19. Bjorkgren was an assistant with the Phoenix Suns from 2015-17 and spent four seasons as a G-League head coach.Michael Marot, The Associated Press