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Power Balance to file bankruptcy, not leaving Sacramento

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I’m not going to tell you that the Power Balance wristbands favored by NBA players and other pro athletes are a scam, I’d say do the research. Don’t just ask Lamar Odom, actually do the research.

Or, consider the fact the company just had to file bankruptcy organization after settling a class action lawsuit against them for $57.4 million. Although the company says a more recent settlement was for only $1 million and it is business as usual, they are even launching a new mouthguard product. Again, decide for yourself.

All this does not mean that the Kings current arena in Sacramento will change names, reports the Sacramento Bee. It will still be the Power Balance Arena if the Kings play any games there this season. The Kings released this statement to the Bee:

“They have been good partners since day one and are understandably taking steps to put the company in a position to continue innovation in the performance technology sector. They have assured us of their commitment to the Sacramento Kings and the surrounding community and we expect to continue our productive partnership through this process and into the future.”

Tom Ziller at Sactown Royalty summed it up well — what do you expect the Kings to do, kick to the curb one of the few companies that stepped up to be a sponsor? The Celtics and Knicks can be picky about sponsors, the Kings cannot right now.

But if/when the Kings get a new arena built in Sacramento, you can bet it will have different naming rights.

LeBron says “get it done” message was for both Cavaliers, Thompson

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Everything LeBron James does and says gets magnified and scrutinized.

So when he put out this photo on Instagram standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tristan Thompson and the caption “get it done” it seemed a message to the Cavaliers.

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

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LeBron clarified that on Sunday, saying this has become a distraction, and the message was for both sides to bend, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

When Thompson didn’t sign the qualifying offer he surrendered a lot of leverage, the Cavaliers don’t have to raise their five-year, $80 million offer — but reportedly they still would, a little. Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have pushed for a max contract, but that’s not happening.

At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement. For the Cavaliers, this is a distraction, their star is unhappy with that, and ultimately if they are going to make a title run they need the energy and rebounding Thompson brings (even if it is just off the bench). For Thompson, he can’t make up a year of lost salary, he has to come in and start getting paid at some point.

The two sides will get it done. Eventually. Likely before the season tips off.

China basketball qualifies for 2016 Olympics

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China has secured the ninth and final Olympic men’s basketball berth awarded this year.

China earned the bid to the 2016 Rio Games with a 78-67 win over the Philippines. 2016 first-round draft prospect Qi Zhou had 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting up the Olympics to be his big introduction to American fans.

Former NBA player Yi Jianlian won tournament MVP by averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.

This will be China’s ninth straight Olympic appearance.

The Philippines, who got 17 points from Andray Blatche in the final, will still go to an Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer with a chance to reach Rio.