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Kyrie Irving and company were greeted with a round of hearty cheers when they came out for pregame warmups. Jeff Haynes/NBAE/Getty Images

CHICAGO -- Kyrie Irving scored 13 points, DeMarcus Cousins powered a dominant performance in the paint, and the United States pulled away from Venezuela for an ugly 80-45 exhibition victory Friday night.

Coming off three straight flashy victories in Las Vegas and California, the United States shot 42.4 percent from the field and committed 13 turnovers in by far its worst offensive performance of its five-city tour in preparation for next week's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

But the Americans used their superior athleticism to limit Venezuela to 24 percent shooting and owned the interior with a 54-29 rebounding advantage.

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JaVale McGee.

The Golden State Warriors are inviting veteran center JaVale McGee to training camp in a bid to address their need for a rim protector, according to league sources.

Sources said the Warriors will sign McGee to a make-good contract for the chance to make their 15-man roster in October.

In creating the needed salary-cap space to sign Kevin Durant away from the Thunder, Golden State was forced to sacrifice three of its four centers: Andrew Bogut (traded to Dallas), Festus Ezeli (signed with Portland) and Marreese Speights (signed with the Los Angeles Clippers).

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What role Monty Williams would fill with the Spurs and how much time he could commit have not yet been determined, sources say. Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images

USA Basketball assistant coach Monty Williams has been told he has a job waiting for him with the San Antonio Spurs for next season and is expected to accept, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN that Williams -- who left the Oklahoma City Thunder's bench in February after the tragic death of his wife, Ingrid -- has been urged by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to take as much of a role with the organization as he feels comfortable for the 2016-17 campaign.

The specifics of what role Williams would fill and how much time he could commit have not yet been determined, but sources say San Antonio has opened the door to either a coaching and player-development role or a front office position (or a hybrid), depending on what he prefers.

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Jarrett Jack defending Jeremy Lin. Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK -- Jarrett Jack says he was not throwing any shade on Jeremy Lin on July 1 when he tweeted in laughter about 20 minutes after Lin tweeted he was signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

Some wondered whether Jack might have been bitter considering the Nets waived him and then gave Lin a three-year, $36 million contract.

But Jack, who inked a one-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Atlanta Hawks, says his tweet had nothing to do with Lin.

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japeth Aguilar taking it strong to the hoop. PBA Media Bureau photo

Coach Tim Cone resumes his experimentation away from his beloved “triangle offense” as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel shoots for its third win in four games against Meralco today in the first out-of-town game of the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.

Cone had said after Ginebra’s 85-72 victory over NLEX last Wednesday that he has been trying a new coaching approach instead of his old system patterned after the one used by iconic NBA coach Phil Jackson.

Whether his new approach – this time a combination of styles that include the small ball system of Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors and the basic system of San Antonio Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich – will continue to produce good results will be known when Ginebra plays Meralco at 5 p.m.

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Look away Heat fans, Dwyane Wade is officially a Bull now (July 30, 2016)
Adam Reisinger [ Source: ESPN ]

Dwyane Wade of Chicago!

After 13 seasons of turning Miami-Dade County into Wade County, Dwyane Wade has a new NBA home, and it just so happens that it's his old home of Chicago. Wade showed off his new look after his introductory news conference on Friday.

It's going to take some time to get adjusted to seeing Wade in a Chicago Bulls uniform and hearing him call Chicago "home."

The fact that the Bulls use the same black, red and white color scheme as the Miami Heat almost makes the adjustment harder.

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TNT’s Jayson Castro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Jayson Castro has tore up the continent in the past two Fiba Asia Championships earning a couple of Mythical 5 selections.

For two consecutive Fiba Asia tournaments, Castro was named the Best Point Guard and such notoriety didn’t go unnoticed.

Inquirer reported that one Chinese team is trying to get Castro to play in the China Basketball Association.

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Norwood optimistic of Qahwash’s future in PBA (July 30, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Imad Qahwash. Inquirer.net

They may be on opposing sides, but Rain or Shine forward Gabe Norwood sees positive things for Blackwater’s Asian import Imad Qahwash.

“It’s nice to come out with the win, I think he’s still adjusting, he’s a solid player, I think he’s going to help Blackwater a lot,” said Norwood after the Elasto Painters fended off the Elite 98-92 at Ynares Center-Antipolo Friday.

Norwood and Qahwash, tough, are not strangers to each other.

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Dwyane Wade was all smiles at his introductory news conference Friday, saying playing for the Bulls "is a dream come true." David Banks/USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO -- The Bulls introduced Dwyane Wade to the media on Friday, capping an unlikely homecoming for the man who had spent his entire 13-year career with the Miami Heat before bolting for his favorite childhood team earlier this month.

In one of his first moves as a Bull, Wade made something of his own official as it pertains to Jimmy Butler's standing in Chicago.

"This is Jimmy's team," Wade said. "It won't be a tug and pull whose team it is."

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China club ‘offering Castro P14M’ (July 30, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]


THE CLUB team wooing Jason Castro to reinforce it in the tough China Basketball Association (CBA) league is reportedly willing to pay him an eye-popping P14 million for five months’ work.

The still-unnamed Chinese team wants the fleet-footed Castro—the continent’s No. 1 point guard—to play one tournament that will start in November and end in February next year.

The Inquirer broke the news of the offer to the Gilas Pilipinas and TNT Ka-Tropa stalwart on Thursday and got the salary figure from a second source.

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