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Klay Thompson led the charge for USA Basketball, scoring 22 points on 8/16 shooting. CSN Chicago
It wasn't pretty for Jimmy Butler or Nikola Mirotic in USA Basketball's 82-76 win over Spain. Offensively, the Bulls players struggled to find their rhythm, combining for seven points on 2/12 shooting. Butler missed all five of his shots from the field and was held scoreless, but played a solid floor game to contribute two offensive rebounds, two steals and one assist for the U.S. CSN Chicago
Jazz forward Joe Ingles didn’t mince words when discussing Team Australia’s surprisingly lop-sided semifinal loss to Serbia Friday. “For us it was pathetic,” said Ingles, who had seven rebounds, two steals and 12 points in Australia’s 87-61 loss to Serbia. “We haven’t played like that all tournament. (It was) totally not like our team.” Australia beat Serbia in group play 95-80 on Aug. 8, but Serbia clearly had a different game plan and mindset in Friday’s semifinal win as they led start to finish in every way. Deseret News
Serbia’s Milos Teodosic led the team with 22 points and five assists, while Stefan Markovic added 14 and Milan Macvan finished with 12 points. Deseret News
The Jazz on Friday signed 2016 second round pick Joel Bolomboy (pronounced “Ball-um-boy”). A 6-9, 235-pound forward from Weber State University), Bolomboy averaged 17.1 points on 57.3 percent shooting and grabbed 12.6 rebounds (third in the nation) during his senior year, setting a school single-season record by tallying 415 total rebounds. He was named the 2016 Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Conference First Team selection. Bolomboy finished his four-year career as the all-time leader in rebounds for Weber State as well as the Big Sky Conference. InsideHoops
The Lakers have hired Jud Buechler, Brian Keefe, and Theo Robertson as player development coaches on Head Coach Luke Walton’s staff, joining associate head coach Brian Shaw and assistant coaches Jesse Mermuys and Mark Madsen. Additionally, it was announced that Casey Owens has been named assistant coach/advance professional scout and Will Scott has been named to the staff as video coordinator. InsideHoops
The Lakers had already named Brian Shaw as associate head coach, as well as Jesse Mermuys and Mark Madsen as assistant coaches. LA Daily News Blog
The Grizzlies have hired Bob Bender as an assistant coach and Bob Thate as shooting coach on head coach David Fizdale’s staff. Bender comes to Memphis after working last season as a scout for the Brooklyn Nets. His professional coaching experience includes: two seasons (2002-04) with the Philadelphia 76ers, first as an assistant coach/player development and then as an assistant coach; nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks (2004-13) as an assistant coach, where he worked alongside Fizdale for the first four seasons; and one season with the Milwaukee Bucks (2013-14) as an assistant coach. InsideHoops
Detroit Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway is contesting drunken driving charges stemming from an April arrest in Oakland County, according to a WDIV-TV report. Hardaway's vehicle was stopped by authorities along 13 Mile and Lahser roads, near his home. He had a blood alcohol level of .17 percent, according to court records obtained by WDIV. That is more than twice the state's legal limit of .08 percent. Beverly Hills police declined to comment on the case, which is ongoing. Detroit News
Professional basketball player Caron Butler has yet to find his next NBA home this off-season, but he has found a place to hoop it up. The two-time All-Star recently bought a home in Woodland Hills with a basketball half-court for $2.13 million. Set behind gates in the Walnut Acres area, the two-story house is loaded with outdoor amenities. Besides the lighted sports court, there's a putting green, a saltwater swimming pool and spa and a large covered pavilion complete with an outdoor dining area, bar and kitchen. A 900-square-foot guesthouse sits at the rear of the hedged and fenced grounds. LA Times
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