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China stun Team American United in Basketball Friendly

Chinese men's basketball team survived Team American United's test to win the first friendly between them 81-77 here after three key players, Yi Jianlian, Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi returned.

Li Gen's two free-throws with 2.2 seconds left sealed the win for China on Wednesday. American United took a 7-0 run in the final minutes to cut the host's lead from nine points to only two at 79-77. Joey Williamson then stole the ball from Guo Ailun but Mitchell Anderson failed to make the lay-up. With 3.1 seconds to go, Li Gen drew the foul and delivered the two free throws.


NBA Star demands transparency on Zika concerns

Australian basketballer Andrew Bogut on Wednesday questioned assurances given by Olympic officials over the risk posed by the Zika virus at this August's Rio Games, and called for more transparency about the risk posed to athletes.

Bogut, one of Australia's best basketballers and currently competing in the NBA Finals for the Golden State Warriors, told the Australian Associated Press (AAP) that he would be travelling to Rio despite the risk, but said officials needed to be more honest with athletes not willing to risk their health, reports Xinhua.


US Basketball star Stephen Curry ruled out of Rio Olympics

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has ruled himself out of the Rio Olympics citing injury concerns. The 28-year-old said he wanted to focus on recovering form ankle and knee complaints which have affected him this season, reports Xinhua.

"After a great deal of internal thought and several discussions with my family, the Warriors and my representatives, I've elected to withdraw my name from the list of eligible players on Team USA's preliminary roster for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil," Curry said in a statement on Monday.


Three Indian kids to attend Basketball Without Borders Camp in Australia

The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) today announced the top 45 boys from 17 countries who will travel to the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Asia Camp in Australia, which will be held June 23-26 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne.  BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer.

BWB Asia will bring together the top male players born between 1999 and 2001 from around the Asia-Pacific region to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, including Aron Baynes (Detroit Pistons; Australia), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz; Australia), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz; Australia), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.), and Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs; Australia).


21 year old Palpreet Singh to attend NBA Development League Tryout

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the ACG Worldwide Group (ACG) today announced Palpreet Singh as the winner of National Finals of ACG-NBA Jump, India’s first national basketball talent search program.  The 21-year old will now attend the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) tryout in the United States in the month of June.  NBA champion Brian Shaw, who was at the camp for two days, was impressed with Palpreet’s work ethic and court skills.

“ACG-NBA Jump has given basketball playing youth in India a pathway to professional ranks.  We are committed to growing the program in the years to come,” said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco.  “While Palpreet Singh has been selected for a national tryout in the NBA D-League, the entire pool will be a part of Elite Talent Club and NBA will monitor their progress on a regular basis.”


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