The Dallas Mavericks officially signed 6-foot-10 forward Yi Jianlian to a one-year contract Friday.
Dirk Nowitzki will wait until after the European Championships to decide about playing overseas during a lockout.
Chinese basketball player Yao Ming will carry the host nation's flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday, the deputy head of China's team said on Thursday.
Yao Ming was held to 14 points and the rest of China's team was overwhelmed by dogged Australia defense in a 67-55 loss Wednesday in a pre-Olympic warmup.
Yao Ming scored 21 points in 28 minutes to lead China past Angola 83-74 Tuesday, another step in his return from injury with less than two weeks until the Olympics.
Yao Ming gave China's Olympic basketball hopes a boost when he returned to action on Thursday for the first time since his March foot operation.
Rockets center Yao Ming is back in China to consult with traditional medicine practitioners over his NBA season-ending foot injury.
Yao Ming's season-ending injury has China thinking the once-unthinkable: The host nation's biggest and glitziest star might miss the Beijing Olympics.
China's official sports association has issued an unprecedented public criticism of Yao Ming for reporting late to national team training.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points to lead Germany to a 76-75 win over Brazil.
Longtime NBA coach becomes first American to coach Chinese national team.
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is to lead a 12-member Chinese basketball team to the Athens Olympics that also will include Menk Bateer of the San Antonio Spurs.
Dallas assistant coach Del Harris doesn't speak very much Chinese, but he isn't worried it will be a problem when he leads the Chinese national team at the Athens Olympics.
Mavs assistant Del Harris is expected to be named the first-ever foreign head coach of the Chinese national team.