LAS VEGAS -- Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered an apparent severe lower right leg injury Friday night during the Team USA intrasquad showcase game at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.
George's leg landed and then buckled at the base of the basket stanchion after he fouled James Harden on a drive to the basket just 27 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Teammates nearby immediately reacted with Harden doubling over as George recoiled on the baseline. Medics, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski and members of George's family who were at the game rushed to his side.
LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says there is no problem between himself and the organization after he acknowledged Thursday that there is lingering tension between some members of his inner-circle and members of the team's front office.
"It's funny just hearing so many stories about what's going on, and they're coming out kind of out of nowhere," Rose said in an interview with ESPN prior to Team USA's scrimmage on Friday night.
"It's funny to hear about them, but it's nothing that's going on. Everybody that came here -- [Bulls general manager] Gar [Forman], [Bulls executive vice president John Paxson] -- came here to show love and for someone to just write something or throw something out there that's not true, it's kind of like, 'What are you doing?' It's kind of like hatin' because so much positive [stuff] is going on and you want to write the one article and just try to stir up something. It's something we don't need, but at the same time it's the past, it's behind us and I talked to Jerry [Reinsdorf, Bulls owner) already, so I'm not worried about it."
MUNICH (EuroBasket 2015) - FIBA Europe announced on Friday that it has received a record number of eight official bids from potential organisers of EuroBasket 2015.
Bids from Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Latvia, Poland and Turkey means this is the biggest number of formal applications to host a single EuroBasket event, since FIBA Europe became a FIBA zone in 2002.
In mid-June the newly-elected Board of FIBA Europe had to relocate EuroBasket 2015 from Ukraine because of the unstable situation in the country and invited bids by its member federations to host the event instead.
MANILA, Philippines - Gilas Pilipinas’ Japeth Aguilar will lead the Philippine contingent as flag-bearer during the opening parade of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon in September.
The 6-foot-9 cager has been tapped by the chef-de-mission of the Philippine contingent to the quadrennial games.
“If it’s okay with him,” said Philippine Sports Commission chairman and chef-de-mission Richie Garcia yesterday.
PBA superstar James Yap is currently on vacation in Italy, the home of his girlfriend Michela Cazzola.
But it's not all fun for Big Game James, as he took the opportunity to once again get his back treated by Italian doctor Filippo Mechelli.
According to a translation from his official website, Mechelli is a physiotherapist and osteopath who served on the medical staff of the Italy for the Winter Olympics in 2006 and 2010 and the Summer Olympics in 2012.
Tony Parker is by far the youngest of the San Antonio Spurs' Big Three, a fact that could have complicated things going forward as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili get closer to retirement.
As they are wont to do, the Spurs made things really easy.
San Antonio signed Parker to a multiyear contract extension Friday, ensuring that the six-time All-Star will be in the fold whether Duncan and Ginobili choose to continue their careers or not.
MANILA, Philippines - The tune-up match between Kia Motors and the squad said to be led by Division 1 players in the US NCAA was called off yesterday.
Kia Motors, one of three newcomers in the Philippine Basketball Association, was to play the US team yesterday at the Unilab Gym in Mandaluyong.
The match was supposed to be part of Kia’s preparations and could serve as a gauge among the players hoping to land positions in the team.
MIAMI -- Forward Shawne Williams, who spent part of last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, has signed with the Miami Heat.
A six-year NBA veteran, Williams has averaged 5.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 251 career games, including 36 starts. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds last season in 36 games with the Lakers, including 13 starts.
Williams also played last season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. He was the 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft by Indiana.
Even before LeBron James told him he'd be going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade said he could tell his teammate and friend would not be returning to the Miami Heat.
Wade said Friday that he could just tell from James' body language during a flight from Las Vegas that he would not be coming back.
"Yeah, I went to sleep knowing," Wade told reporters. "He called me the next day. But I knew then. Obviously he still had to say the final yay or nay, but I knew. I could tell."
Leo Austria is set to make his coaching return to the PBA after he signed a one-year deal last week to handle the struggling San Miguel Beer squad.
The San Miguel Beer management had expressed high hopes that Austria – with his vast experience – could help turn things around for the once proud franchise.
Despite having some of the league’s marquee players in its fold, the Beermen failed to win a single title last season, extending their woes to three years.