Jor­dan: Su­per teams not su­per for NBA

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

Char­lotte Hor­nets owner Michael Jor­dan says that NBA stars gang­ing up and play­ing for su­per teams will hurt com­pet­i­tive bal­ance.

Last year, Kevin Du­rant left the Thun­der to join the al­ready loaded Golden State War­riors. This year, Carmelo An­thony and Paul Ge­orge landed with Rus­sel­lWest­brook in Ok­la­homa City, cre­at­ing an­other so­called su­per team with tremen­dous star power.

In an in­ter­view with Cigar Afi­cionado, Jor­dan said, “I think it’s go­ing to hurt the over­all as­pect of the league from a com­pet­i­tive stand­point. You’re go­ing to have one or two teams that are go­ing to be great, and an­other 28 teams that are go­ing to be garbage. Or they’re go­ing to have a tough time sur­viv­ing in the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.’’ SURGERY FOR HEAT’S MC

GRUDER » Mi­ami small for­ward Rod­ney M cG ruder will have surgery nex­tweek to re­pair a stress frac­ture in his leg. It’s likely keep him side­lined at least three months.

Ten­nis

NADAL, FED­ERER AD­VANCE

INSHANGHAI » Rafael Nadal won his 14th straight match to reach the Shang­hai Masters quar­ter­fi­nals, beat­ing Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1.

Roger Fed­erer, seeded sec­ond toNadal, al­sowas­not de­tained for long as he de­feated Ukrainian qual­i­fier Alexandr Dol­go­polov 6-4, 6-2.

Nadal will play sixth­seeded Grigor Dim­itrov of Bul­garia, who got past SamQu er rey of the U.S. 6- 3, 7- 6 (3). Fed­erer will play Richard Gas­quet. Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic also ad­vanced.

Golf

SLOW START FOR THOMAS IN MALAYSIA » Justin Thomas col­lected the Jack Nick­laus Award as U.S. PGA Tour player of the year a cou­ple of days be­fore head­ing to Malaysia in a bid towin his third suc­ces­sive CIMB Classic.

Lit­tle won­der, then, that the two- time defending cham­pion was slightly off his game in the first round in Kuala Lumpur, man­ag­ing only a 2-un­der-par 70 to sit six strokes be­hind leader Cameron Smith of Aus­tralia.

Smith opened with a blem­ish-free 8-un­der 64.

Kee­gan Bradley, Xan­der Schauf­fele and Poom Sak­sansin of Thai­land were tied for sec­ond at 7 un­der. PARK LEADS LPGA TOUR­NEY » Sung Hyun Park of South Korea birdied her last two holes for a 6-un­der 66 and a share of the lead in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Cham­pi­onship in In­cheon, SouthKorea.

Park­was tied for the firstround lead with Min- Sun Ki­mand Min­jee Lee. Cristie Kerr was among those at 67. MOLI­NARI OPENS STRONG AT ITAL­IAN OPEN» Defending cham­pion Frances co Moli­nari was among six play­ers who shared a on­e­stroke lead af­ter the open­ing round of the Ital­ian Open in Monza, Italy.

Jamie Don­ald­son, Ki­radec hA phi barn rat, Ed­die Pep­per ell, Matt Wal­lace and Alex and e rB jork also shot7-u nd er64s. Ge­orge Coet­zee and An Byeong-hun were both one stroke back.

Olympics

CALL FOR AC­TION ON RUS­SIAN DO PING» The leader of the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee called on his in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­parts to act im­me­di­ately on al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian dop­ing, with less than four­months un­til the start of theWin­ter Games.

“The time for ac­tion is now,” Scott Black­mun, CEO of the USOC, said in an ad­dress to theUSOC As­sem­bly in Colorado Springs.

Black­mun said “it is beyond frus­trat­ing” that no ac­tion has been taken on the now-15-month- old McLaren Re­port, which doc­u­mented a Rus­sian dop­ing sys­tem that tainted the Sochi Games in 2014.

Black­mun noted that, so far, not a sin­gle Sochimedal has been for­feited nor a sin­gle Win­ter Olympics­bound ath­lete sanc­tioned.

Mo­tor sports

PORT­LAND RE­GAINS INDYCAR RACE » Port­land In­ter­na­tional Race­way is back on the IndyCar Se­ries sched­ule in 2018, re­plac­ing Watkins Glen, N.Y.

The Sept. 2raceon­the1.967mile per­ma­nent road course will be IndyCar’s first trip to the Ore­gon track since races were held from 1984-2007.

Ju­rispru­dence

USC PLAYER INPLEADEAL » A sus­pended USC foot­ball player ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault in­U­tah pleaded guilty to mis­de­meanor charges in a deal with pros­e­cu­tors.

The agree­ment car­ries no pos­si­ble state prison time for 20-year-old OsaMasina, but he could be sen­tenced to three years in county jail and pro­ba­tion.

Masina ini­tially was charged with rape and two counts of forcible sodomy, all felonies, in the 2016 case. The­woman tes­ti­fiedMasina as­saulted her af­ter ed­i­ble mar­i­juana and al­co­hol left her nearly un­able to move.

At­tor­ney Greg Sko­r­das said his client be­lieved the en­counter was con­sen­sual but didn’t take into ac­count the wo­man’s clear im­pair­ment.

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