LeBron James began his tour of China on Monday by exchanging gifts with another former child prodigy.
The Chinese Basketball Association apologized Wednesday for a brawl that forced play to be suspended in an exhibition game against Brazil a day earlier.
Bob Donewald has been appointed head coach of China's national basketball team, and the American promises to make the basketball-crazy country proud of the squad.
The U.S. men's basketball team is striving to be confident heading into the Beijing Games while avoiding the complacency that has sabotaged it in recent Olympics.
LeBron James will be the only Cleveland Cavaliers player going to China with his national team this summer.
NBA commissioner David Stern sees more of a need for new pro basketball teams in China than in North America.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points to lead Germany to a 76-75 win over Brazil.
The United States edged Brazil 90-86 in a warmup for the World Championships in Japan later this month, but saw Carmelo Anthony leave with a hyperextended knee.
NBA commissioner David Stern, an architect of the league's push into international markets, is startled at how fast the rest of the world has come along.