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Iguodala ‘should be good to go’ for Game 7

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Warriors forward Andre Iguodala guards LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala guards LeBron James of the Cavaliers.

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was absent from Saturday’s light on-court practice, however, both he and head coach Steve Kerr said the 32-year-old who was MVP of last year’s NBA Finals will be ready and available for Sunday’s decisive Game 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I’ll be ready to go,” Iguodala said, adding, “whether I’m perfectly fine or not.”

The veteran has been dealing with back spasms for much of the postseason. Kerr said Iguodala was being tended to by the team’s medical staff Saturday morning instead of participating in practice.

“We had a light practice that he did not take part in,” Kerr said. “He got treatment instead. And he should be good to go tomorrow.”

Iguodala’s presence on the court for Golden State is supreme, he has started the last two games for the defending champions, and more importantly, has been tasked with the primary duties of guarding Cavaliers star LeBron James. He played 30 minutes in the Warriors 115-101 Game 6 loss, and appeared in significant pain throughout the contest. For much of it, he was seen grimacing while doing things such as jumping and bending his knees.

“You just try to will yourself to do it,” Iguodala said. “I felt in a bad position in Game 6, but I saw a lot of things and still made a couple plays. A few things I couldn’t quite do, but I felt there was a way around it.

“So I’m figuring it out, and the main thing is not using it as an excuse. I’m still trying to find a way.”

Kerr said he’s waiting until Sunday to determine whether or not restrictions will need to be placed on Iguodala’s playing time in Game 7, assuming he plays.

“We’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow,” Kerr said. “But it’s Game 7 and he’s Andre Iguodala. So we know he’ll be out there.”

Iguodala was asked what his pre-game routine will be for Sunday — he’ll be arriving at Oracle Arena early to receive additional treatment from the team medical staff, but will also be taking in some of the PGA’s U.S. Open, and watching the series finale of HBO’s hit drama “The Sopranos.”

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

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Secretary Nielsen resigns

WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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University of Houston’s President, Renu Khator joins the NCAA Division I Board

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Renu Khator, President & Chancellor of University of Houston, the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the U.S., is joining the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors.

Framroze “Fram” Virjee is now permanent president of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He was a private practice lawyer for nearly 30 years before becoming interim CSUF president last year.

Rutgers Law School announced Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Vanita Gupta, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will both be 2019 commencement speakers.

George Jacob, the President & CEO of non-profit Bay.org behind the ambitious Bay Ecotarium, received the 2019 Louie Kamookak Medal from the The Royal Canadian Geographic Society for making Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Golden State Warriors host first-ever Sikh Awareness Night

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OAKLAND, CALIF. (Diya TV) — Oracle Arena was the site of the first-ever Sikh Awareness Night as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a 117-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night.

It was the second one in as many weeks throughout the NBA as the Los Angeles Clippers introduced it to their home crowd last week.

Other teams and leagues have previously hosted Sikh Heritage Nights, including the San Jose Sharks, who were the first NHL team last year to hold such an event.

Aman Singh, part of the local gurdwaras organization to put the event together, was excited for the community to be represented.

“We contribute to society here, so it’s great to be able to be part of this, to be able to have exposure and allow other folks in the community to get an idea of our heritage, Sikh values,” Singh said.

Fans got there early enough to take pictures outside Oracle and awaiting them inside was an up-close view of Stephen Curry’s highly-anticipated shootaround.

Soon enough, Singh — who was also coaching the pregame scrimmage — would hit the Warriors hardwood with 16 young kids from the Sikh community to shot hoops.

For 13-year-old Gagandeep Kaur of Milpitas, it was an unforgettable moment to be out there.

“Being able to play on the same court as my inspirations means a lot,” she said.

The five-minute scrimmage right before players from the Warriors and Grizzlies hit the floor included some dazzling shots and a buzzer-beater as well.

Members of the two teams remained close by as they eventually stood in front of their inspirations during the National Anthem.

Additionally, right after halftime, they were greeted with high-fives from Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and among others coming out of the tunnel.

“It’s great to be part of something like this,” Singh said.

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