OAKLAND -- Klay Thompson was answering a question about how big the FIBA World Cup experience was for his development when Warriors backcourt mate Stephen Curry couldn't help but interject.
"He killed it," said Curry, who alongside Thompson helped Team USA win gold in Spain. "He had a great summer. ... He definitely took his game to another level. You did well."
The Splash Brothers are back together again after an offseason in which the Warriors in a way paid Thompson a high compliment by not trading him to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former NBA guard Rex Chapman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Scottsdale and then selling the items at a pawn shop.
Police took Chapman, 46, into custody Friday afternoon after officers stopped his vehicle in northeast Scottsdale.
They say he's being held on suspicion of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property.
After the Brooklyn Nets voided his free-agent deal due to a failed physical, Hamady Ndiaye will most likely sign in the Chinese Basketball Association when his injury recovers to full strength, a source told RealGM.
Several Chinese teams have been in discussions with Ndiaye before and after his decision to join the Nets for training camp.
A seven-footer out of Senegal, Ndiaye was a second-round draft acquisition in 2010 to the Washington Wizards, with whom he spent two seasons. The 27-year-old earned a spot on the Sacramento Kings out of camp last season and appeared in 14 games.
MANILA,Philippines -- Stanley Pringle, the top pick in the 2014 PBA Draft, continued to impress during GlobalPort's practice sessions.
Pringle, an ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) veteran, is said to be in the mold of PBA star Jayson Castro, in terms of talent and capability to take over games.
“Akala mo pang-NBA eh,” said GlobalPort assistant coach Senen Dueñas in the PBA website.
DALLAS -- Months later, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler is still mad about insinuations that he caused chemistry issues for the New York Knicks last season.
Knicks president Phil Jackson cited the desire to "change some of the chemistry" of the team as one of the reasons he sent Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to Dallas in the late-June deal.
Chandler has been portrayed in several media reports since then as a player who caused internal problems for the Knicks last season, much to his chagrin.
MANILA, Philippines - Paul Lee leaves for Incheon, Korea today with only the Gilas Pilipinas Asiad campaign to think about after formalizing a fresh two-year contract with Rain or Shine yesterday.
The two parties settled for a P10.08-million pact at the end of a long negotiation nearly botched by interventions of outside forces.
But Lee decided to stayg on with the team where he won the PBA Rookie of the Year honors in 2012.
MANILA -- Former Philippine national team coach Rajko Toroman said Gilas Pilipinas has a strong chance of nabbing the gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Toroman, who currently coaches Jordan, believes Gilas is up there with Iran, China and Korea as the current best teams in the Asian region.
"They (Gilas) have a big chance now. Just the confidence. Last 25 years, before the Filipinos want to put everything, size and height," the Serbian coach said in a Spin.ph report by Reuben Terrado.
With just days before the start of training camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making a final push to acquire restricted free-agent guard Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN.com.
The Wolves are offering Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million maximum level contract that he has been seeking, sources said, but because of cap restrictions, the only way he can join the team as currently constructed is through a sign-and-trade deal. Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July.
This is a renewal of talks that have stretched over the past several months. The teams had discussions involving a Kevin Love trade that would involve Bledsoe but never made serious traction on a deal.
INCHEON – Three coaches were expected to arrive last night ahead of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas and the coaching staff to scout the country’s first opponent in the second round of the Asian Games basketball competitions on Sept. 23 at the Samsan World Gymnasium.
Here to do the scouting job are assistant coaches Jong Uichico, Josh Reyes and Tab Baldwin, who were scheduled to take the Philippine Airlines afternoon flight to this city, but their arrival was not confirmed because of the super-typhoon ravaging Manila.
The Gilas team and the coaching staff of head coach Chot Reyes are expected to arrive tonight.
CLEVELAND -- A larger-than-life LeBron James will again tower over downtown.
The city's planning commission approved artwork on Friday for a 10-story-high banner of the NBA superstar, his arms outstretched and "Cleveland" across the back of his jersey.
It will hang across the street from Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers.