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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 18:  Draymond Green #4 of the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team reacts during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on July 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Attorney: Resolution in Draymond Green case could come after Olympics

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — An attorney for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says a misdemeanor assault and battery charge from a confrontation near the Michigan State campus may be resolved after the U.S. basketball team competes in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The attorney, James Heos, tells the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/2afT4KC ) that Green appeared during a closed-door pretrial conference Thursday in East Lansing District Court via FaceTime. The U.S. team starts play in Rio on Aug. 6.

Heos said a plea agreement is a possibility and that he’s “still accumulating witness’ statements” and “trying to get to the bottom of this.”

Green is a former Michigan State standout. He’s accused of striking ex-Spartan football player Jermaine Edmondson on July 10 near campus.

Edmondson received a release to transfer from the school.

Stephen Curry disappointed All-Star Game will not be coming to his hometown Charlotte in 2017

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 02:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on before Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The NBA did the right thing pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in the wake of North Carolina’s “bathroom law.”

A number of NBA teams came out publicly to back the NBA’s decision (something that was discussed with the owners at the Board of Governor’s meeting in Las Vegas a week ago.

However, players — ever so concerned about their brand — have been far more cautious in their response. That includes Charlotte’s hometown hero Stephen Curry, so spoke to ESPN’s SportsCenter from the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Here is what Olympian Paul George told Brian Windhorst of ESPN (via Ramona Shelburne).

“I’m huge on keeping your word. I’m not necessarily saying it’s bad for the NBA to move it. Charlotte is a growing city and the Hornets have picked that program up. It’s a shame it’s possible that we’d take that away from them.”

Carmelo Anthony (and a lot of people around the league) felt bad for Michael Jordan.

Stephen Curry: “I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the” Olympics

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Right now, Stephen Curry is basking in the 78-degree weather at beautiful Lake Tahoe — right on the California/Nevada border — getting ready to play in the weekend’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament (which will be broadcast on NBC).

He would rather be sweating in the 100-plus degree temperatures of Las Vegas.

That’s because Vegas is where Team USA is getting ready for the Olympics (then the team heads to Los Angeles for an exhibition this weekend). Curry pulled out of the Rio Games during the NBA Finals, but said he isn’t happy about it in a Facebook Live chat from Tahoe (hat tip the Mercury News for the transcription).

“I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games… I wish I would be able to play in those. I was looking forward to it….

“When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year, I tried to give Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and Mr. Colangelo (Jerry Colangelo) and the whole USA staff more time to figure out what they need to figure out for the roster. With the situation as it is now, to rest and get ready for next season, to what I need to prepare my body … It’s a nice mental break as well to be able to play some golf and get out here and enjoy this experience.”

Only Curry knows his body and what kind of rest and recovery he truly needs. He should be right by the start of next season.

Curry is an avid golfer, and hopefully he will be healthy in 2020 when Team USA is put together for the Tokyo games. My guess is new USA coach Gregg Popovich could use Curry’s shooting. Just a hunch.

Kevin Durant got an impressive (and large) Tupac tattoo on his leg

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Tupac lives!

At least in spirit — and now on the leg of Kevin Durant, who picked up some serious ink while in Las Vegas this week for Team USA training camp. From the Mercury News’ Marcus Thompson:

Kevin Durant's new tattoo #2PacForever

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Durant has a lot of tattoos, but they are they are largely on his chest and back (they don’t show up during games while he’s in uniform. This one will get noticed.

NBA makes it official: 2017 All-Star Game pulled from Charlotte due to “bathroom law”


This has been rumored for months and reported as all but done this morning, now the NBA has made it official:

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game has been pulled from Charlotte.

From the official press release of the NBA.

“The NBA has decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019.

“Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change. We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league. These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view….. While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.

“We are particularly mindful of the impact of this decision on our fans in North Carolina, who are among the most passionate in our league. It is also important to stress that the City of Charlotte and the Hornets organization have sought to provide an inclusive environment and that the Hornets will continue to ensure that all patrons — including members of the LGBT community — feel welcome while attending games and events in their arena.”

The Hornets added this statement:

“We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season.  There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so.  With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019. We want to thank the City of Charlotte and the business community for their backing throughout this entire process, starting with the initial bid. We are confident that they will be just as supportive and enthusiastic for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.”

Other NBA teams backed the move, something summed up by Gregg Popovich in Las Vegas with Team USA.

“I agree with the league and Bruce Springsteen and everybody else who pulled out,” Popovich said.

Good for the NBA. This was the right move.

As you might imagine, the North Carolina governor feels differently.

There’s not room on the Internet to discuss everything wrong in that statement.

Turner Broadcasting — which owns TNT, the channel that has exclusive broadcast rights to All-Star Weekend — backed the NBA’s position.

“At Turner, and our parent company Time Warner, diversity in all its forms is core to our value system and to the success of our company. Laws to the contrary go against our fundamental belief of equality and inclusion for all individuals. We fully support the NBA’s decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game and all of the weekend’s events originally scheduled to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The annual All-Star Game and accompanying weekend competitions are viewed by millions of fans every year on TNT and we look forward to working with the league to once again produce a memorable and entertaining event.”

North Carolina’s legislature called a special session earlier this year approve HB2, which restricts transgender bathroom use (you have to use the bathroom for the gender with which you were born) and preempted anti-discrimination ordinances put in by Charlotte and other North Carolina cities that tried to block discrimination against gays and lesbians. The law led to a business backlash — PayPal, Deutsche Bank, and others have pulled plans for expansion in the state off the table — as well as a social one, including things such as Bruce Springsteen canceling a concert in the state. Now the NBA has joined that list.

While there have been some talks about modification of the law, that was never likely in an election year — this law is red meat to a socially conservative Republican base, and in a red state that was not going to change before the election in what is seen as a swing state this time around.

While rumors have circulated for a while that Orlando had pushed for the All-Star Game, it appears that New Orleans is now the front runner. Chicago and Brooklyn may also be in the mix.