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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Draymond Green #14 of United States celebrates after defeating Serbia during the Men's Gold medal game on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Draymond Green backs Colin Kaepernick-fueled national-anthem protests

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Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have supported Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem protest.

Draymond Green joined his Warriors teammates in voicing solidarity with the cause.

After four Miami Dolphins took knees during the Star Spangled Banner, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross addressed the issue – prompting Green, a Michigander like Ross, to tweet.

Ross, via David Hyde of the South Florida SunSentinel (click link for video):

“I don’t think there was any lack of respect,” Ross said. “Everyone in this team and whole organization respects the flag and what it stands for. These guys are making a conversation about something that’s very important topic in this country. I’m 100 percent in support of them.”

“I don’t think there’s anyone in the organization, all the players included, that want to create any disrespect for this country, for this flag, for the soldiers or anything else. I think they know we’re 100 percent behind them,” Ross said.

“I think today, what has been brought up, is a conversation that needs to be had. I think they’re doing, in their way. I applaud them.

Green:

It is a conversation that needs to be had. This should be more about the racism Kaepernick, Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas are trying to confront and less so about their method of protest.

Report: Trail Blazers signing Greg Stiemsma

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 09: Greg Stiemsma #54 of the Boston Celtics loses the ball as LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers defends on March 9, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 104-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Trail Blazers have just 14 players with guaranteed salaries – leaving one opening for the regular-season roster.

Greg Stiemsma is entering the competition for it.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Stiemsma will battle Tim Quarterman ($75,000 guaranteed), Luis Montero  (unguaranteed) and Grant Jerrett (unguaranteed) for that last regular-season roster spot.

On one hand, Stiemsma is by far the most experienced of the bunch. He has played for the Celtics, Timberwolves, Pelicans and Raptors in a four-year NBA career.

On the other hand, he’s already 30 and probably past his physical prime. Known as a shot-blocker – a fair perception over a larger sample – he didn’t reject a single shot in his last NBA stint, 17 games with Toronto in 2014-15. That he played so little is also telling.

Portland is pretty deep with big men: Mason Plumlee, Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and Festus Ezeli. But Leonard’s and Ezeli’s injuries could open the door for Stiemsma.

Mirza Teletovic makes 17-year-old Bosnian teammate cry (video)

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Dzanan Musa is a highly touted 17-year-old prospect who’s playing with Bosnia in Eurobasket 2017 qualifying.

He learned very publicly how far the jump is to an NBA mindset.

Late in Bosnia’s loss to Russia, Musa got into it with Lakers center Timofey Mozgov. Luckily for Musa, Mozgov walked away.

Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic, Musa’s own teammate, wasn’t so forgiving.

After Musa seemed to flop on the other end, Teletovic ripped into his younger teammate. Musa was clearly shook – being consoled on the bench, burying his face in a teammate’s shirt and then hiding under a towel.

Here’s the full sequence:

Teletovic later apologized. Teletovic, via Eurohoops.net:

I am sorry I reacted in this way. I am sorry and I don’t shrink from my responsibilities.”

“Sometimes there are tensions like that in a team. I’ve spent my life representing the national team of Bosnia. I have been playing for 13 years for the team. I never behaved like that or provoked someone. I have always represented Bosnia in the best light. I wouldn’t want to present a wrong picture of myself”, he added.

Report: Dwight Howard released from hospital after dehydration treatment

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20:  NBA player Dwight Howard looks on before a bantamweight bout between Cody Garbrandt and Takeya Mizugaki at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
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Hawks center Dwight Howard was hospitalized with the hope it was just dehydration and he’d be released today.

Good news on both counts.

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Dwight Howard was released from a hospital early Monday morning after being treated for dehydration, according to a person familiar with the situation. Howard took ill during a plane flight to Atlanta Sunday and was briefly hospitalized.

With such a short stay in the hospital, it seems likely Howard will put this health issue completely behind him well before training camp.

Report: Dwight Howard hospitalized, dehydration suspected

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20:  NBA player Dwight Howard looks on before a bantamweight bout between Cody Garbrandt and Takeya Mizugaki at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard said his back is no longer a problem, but something went amiss with the Hawks center’s health.

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Dwight Howard was taken to a hospital late Sunday night after feeling ill on a plane flight to Atlanta, according to several people familiar with the situation. It is believed that the Hawks center suffered from dehydration. He is being treated and is expected to be released from the hospital early Monday morning.

Hopefully, this is as minor as it sounds.