Marc J. Spears: USA Basketball is considering exhibition games prior to the 2016 Rio Olympics in Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland and Houston, a source said.
The three-year, $46 million offer sheet that Chandler Parsons signed with the Dallas Mavericks might have been the means of his departure from the nearby Houston Rockets. But according to Dirk Nowitzki’s latest running mate, the cleanliness of his new team’s town is another boon compared to his old one’s. In an interview at media day last week, Parsons said that Dallas is a “nicer, cleaner” city than Houston.
Yao was born in 1980 to parents who both played professional basketball, but he said he was never pressured to play. He began playing basketball at the age of nine because he was drawn to the sport. Of all the things Yao is involved in now, he said it is his family that is most important to him. “I have a daughter. Everything takes a back seat to my family,” he said. “My wife runs the house.” He said he’s glad to have Houston and Shanghai as home bases. “When I am in Houston, I miss Shanghai. When I’m in Shanghai, I miss Houston,” he said.