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August 8, 2014 Updates
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Curry, who is one of 15 finalists to make the USA’s FIBA World Cup team, did tell The Doug Gottlieb Show on Wednesday that watching George get injured live in Las Vegas brought up “bad memories” of his own history with his surgically-repaired ankle. “I had some doubts when I left Vegas as to the risk that you take when you play USA Basketball, but at the end of the day, we made a commitment to play, and any time we play basketball, that’s a risk we take,” Curry said. “We’re committed. For now we’re going go out there and win the gold for Paul and do our thing over in Spain, but I haven’t really thought about two years from now because I guess everybody has to make a decision based on where they are when that time comes.” Contra Costa Times

August 6, 2014 Updates

Jerry Colangelo believes a lot of folks missed the point when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was critical of the NBA’s and FIBA’s involvement with the International Basketball Committee. After Indiana’s Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his right leg Friday, sidelining him for the 2014-15 season, Cuban heavily criticized the IOC for raking in all of the dollars pertaining to international basketball, while the NBA and its owners have to absorb all of the risk. Cuban’s comments fueled a national debate and pointed out the unfairness in the IOC’s one-sided financial relationship with the NBA and FIBA. But Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairman and USA Men’s National Team managing director, viewed the firestorm set off by Cuban in a different manner. “I think people need to read between the lines, which is basically he’s not against international competition,” Colangelo said during a Tuesday conference call. “He’s against international competition when he believes the beneficiary — being the IOC — is getting the money. “So he’s basically saying it’s OK for our players to play internationally if the money goes to the NBA and to the team owners. That’s the difference.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Eager to do something to wish Paul George well after the horrific compound fracture of his lower right leg he suffered at a Team USA scrimmage last Friday night, Fresno State's athletic department came up with a clever idea. They made the former Bulldogs star a life-size get-well card. Everyone from fans, to players, to coach Rodney Terry piled into the Bulldog Shop on the Fresno State campus Tuesday to sign the back of the 6-foot-9 card. School officials intend to send the card to the Indiana Pacers later this week so they can give it to George. Yahoo! Sports

August 5, 2014 Updates

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