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Team USA ran its winning streak in international competition to 64 games tonight with a 111-74 victory over Argentina at the T-Mobile Arena. Indiana Pacers star Paul George, in his first international game since a horrific broken leg suffered two summers ago, scored 18 points for Team USA in the first exhibition before the team starts defense of its Olympic gold medal next month in Rio. Detroit Free Press
Kevin Durant, in his first action since leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors, led Team USA with 23 points. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony added 17 points and Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins posted 14 points and 15 rebounds. Detroit Free Press
Mark Cuban, on Chandler Parsons: "I'm still good friends with Chandler. We talked about it after he signed with Memphis. We exchanged texts and stayed friends and committed to stay friends. I like him a lot but there were other things other than basketball that went into the decision. And Chandler was aware of them and he made his decision. We gave him some options and he went in a different direction. That was his choice and I respect it and again, I think he's a great guy and I hope he has a great season other than the four games we play him." Dallas Morning News
The Nets inked undrafted rookie point guard Yogi Ferrell to a partially guaranteed one-year contract. The depth chart at guard currently tops with Jeremy Lin and Greivis Vasquez, followed by veteran Randy Foye and rookies Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead. NY Post
Tellem has become Gores’ Detroit liaison. He’s working with Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert in efforts to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Detroit. And should the Pistons eventually join the Red Wings in the new Little Caesars Arena downtown, it will be Tellem who will negotiate the best deal possible for Gores. “Nothing’s changed from when we last talked,” he said about any potential downtown move. “Our stance hasn’t changed. We’re keeping all our options open.” Detroit Free Press
With the NBA pulling the All-Star Game out of Charlotte on Thursday, reports circulated that Brooklyn was a possibility to land the game. But a league source told The Post the Barclays Center was “not in the mix,” despite having been a candidate several years ago to host the 2017 or 2018 game. When New York/Brooklyn was awarded the 2015 All-Star Weekend, the NBA, Nets and Knicks had talks that would’ve reversed the roles for the 2017 or 2018 game — the All-Star Game at Barclays with the other events at the Garden. NY Post
b>N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory said the NBA’s decision to move its 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte is “total P.C. (politically correct) BS.” “I’m disappointed,” McCrory said while speaking on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks radio program Friday morning. “I strongly disagree with their decision. To put it bluntly it’s total P.C. BS. It’s an insult to our city and an insult to our state.” Charlotte Observer
House Bill 2 has already cost Charlotte one NBA All-Star Game. Now an expected full-court legal fight over the law puts the city’s chances of hosting the 2019 event in serious jeopardy, too. Legal experts say battles to overturn the law could still be crawling through the courts two years from now, when the NBA could face another decision on whether to find an alternative venue to Charlotte. “Given the current political situation, I just can’t see the General Assembly doing anything about it,” said Brian Clarke, a faculty member of the Charlotte School of Law. “A final resolution in the courts is at least two years out. That’s cutting it pretty close.” Charlotte Observer
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