Ohm Youngmisuk: LaVar Ball reiterated there’s no reason for him to thank President Trump in the case of his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen returning to the U.S. after being held in China for shoplifting. “You heard what he tweeted,” Ball said of Trump during an interview on CNN. “He tweeted because he is mad at me [that] I should have left their asses in jail. First of all, they weren’t in jail, they were in a hotel. How did they get into a hotel? Somebody had to do something. Did he do it? If he paid for the money to put up whatever we needed to do then I would say thank you. Did he do that?… He said he helped. How did he help? If he helped, I would say thank you… Do I think the president helped? I don’t know. I don’t care and I don’t know.” Ball did thank Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Adam Zagoria: "If I was going to thank somebody I would probably thank President Xi. He's the President in China." - LaVar Ball
July 31, 2021 | 7:28 am EDT Update
Mike Finger: Had a nice conversation with Patty Mills about the 2014 “Beautiful Game” Spurs and his currently rolling Boomers. As for whether he’ll have a new NBA contract by the time we see him again Tuesday? “That’s kept in the inner circle,” he said. “In the Australian trenches.”
Neil Dalal: Montrezl Harrell sounds like someone who expects to play for the Wizards and so does Kyle Kuzma pic.twitter.com/grM4WjkaTm
Filip Petrusev was selected with the 50th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the recent NBA draft. Players in that selection range tend to be stashed outside the NBA and that is looking like the case for the young Serbian big. “We think Petrusev is someone who has a real chance to help us down the road,” explained 76ers president Daryl Morey, “He’ll likely start overseas and be someone who could come over later.”
Gary Washburn: Nigeria’s Chimezie Metu, tore into the country’s govt and Olympic committee for mistreatment of NGR athletes. “I’d like to use this time to bring awareness and comment on the off-the-court things a lot of Nigerian athletes have had to go through. in these Olympics.” #Tokyo2020
After the game, the 24-year-old Metu expressed frustration with the way he said the Nigerian Olympic Committee handled organizational matters for the Tokyo Games. The basketball teams sent to Saitama had difficulty obtaining proper credentials, and 10 track and field athletes from Nigeria — nearly half the country’s team — were disqualified from competing at the Olympics because the national federation hadn’t ensured they would meet minimum doping test requirements before coming to Tokyo.
“They were disqualified and they had nothing to do with it,” said Metu, who plays for the Sacramento Kings. “What there was was a lack of attention to detail and a lack of empathy for the hard work that has been put in by us athletes. … For 60-some athletes to come here and fly halfway across the world and be disrespected and humiliated by our country … it’s a lack of attention to detail by our government.”
Brown said four members of his staff who made the trip to Japan — which wound up being a 30-hour ordeal instead of the planned 10-hour flight, another issue that Metu blamed on a lack of organization — were never allowed in the Olympic village because of credential and paperwork issues “I don’t know why it is this way,” said Brown, who started a foundation earlier this year seeking financial help for the men’s basketball program.
Australia upped its Group B record to 3-0 and secured first place with the 89-76 victory versus Germany on Saturday. Patty Mills packed a game-high 24 points and also dished out six assists leading the way. Jock Landale with 18 points and Nick Kay with 16 points delivered a large chunk of the 42-28 points edge in the paint.