Early in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors, Toronto guard Kyle Lowry went after a loose ball on the sideline and crashed into the courtside seats.
Golden State minority owner, Mark Stevens, pushed Lowry and cursed at him.
A couple things from the Kyle Lowry-Mark Stevens incident:
1) not good that the woman next to Stevens was reaching for the loose ball
2) the woman was totally cool with Lowry and patted him on the back
3) absolutely no excuse for Stevens shoving Lowry pic.twitter.com/KQnMpl51JC— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 6, 2019
The following day, the Warriors and the NBA announced that Stevens is banned from attending NBA games and Warriors team activities for one year and fined $500,000.
Dubs forward Andre Iguodala was a guest Tuesday morning on The Breakfast Club radio show out of New York, and had an interesting response when DJ Envy said the one-year ban was "whack."
"There's more to it. It's not just banned for a year from what I heard," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP said. "There's more consequences as far as his interest that he invested in the team.
"Like, all that's gonna be gone, too."
Hmmmmmm. Does this mean Stevens is going to be forced to sell his stake in the franchise?
Iguodala is not the first person to raise this possibility:
🏀 Multiple sources close to the Golden State Warriors tell me Mark Stevens, the minority owner who pushed Kyle Lowry, will likely be forced to sell his shares before the start of next season … #NBAFinals #KyleLowry— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) June 6, 2019
Stevens joined the ownership group in August 2013 when he purchased the equity interests that were previously held by now Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive.
As Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen wrote earlier this month:
Stevens owns an estimated 8 percent stake in the team, which could mean a profit of roughly $180 million, after factoring in team debt, on his original investment six years ago.
"The dude's worth $2.4 billion," Iguodala said. "I'm pretty sure if Kyle was a different color he wouldn't ... he wasn't in his right state, but at the same time that was him reacting naturally.
"Like, that was kind of crazy."