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  • Dozens of South Korean basketball players arrived in North Korea’s capital on Tuesday for a series of games the two Koreas hope will foster a spirit of detente generated by the recent North-South summit meetings.


    The 50 players arrived in Pyongyang on two military aircraft.

    South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon headed the delegation Authentic Nikita Kucherov Jersey , which included 20 government officials and support staff and dozens of South Korean reporters.

    North Korea’s deputy sports minister, Won Kil U, led the North’s welcoming party.

    The South Korean male and female basketball players are expected to play four matches with North Koreans on Wednesday and Thursday. It was not clear whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would attend any of the games, but he did make a prominent appearance at a concert put on by South Korean musicians in Pyongyang earlier this year.

    The exchanges are the latest result of a diplomatic outreach to the South that Kim announced during his annual New Year’s speech. That led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February and two summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

    Kim has also had three summits with China’s leader and met with U.S. President Donald Trump last month in Singapore.

    Cho, the South Korean unification minister Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey Elite , said he felt ”deeply moved” upon arrival because he could sense the change in relations in the past few months.

    Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.

    Basketball made international headlines from Pyongyang when former NBA player Dennis Rodman arranged a game there in 2014 for Kim’s birthday.

    South Korea’s Hyundai company built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during the ”Sunshine Period” of engagement between the North and South and a joint game was played there in 2003.

    Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were held before that, in 1999.

    Michael Jordan is getting closer to hiring his next NBA coach.


    The Jordan-owned Hornets are narrowing their search after interviewing several candidates, people familiar with the situation said Friday.

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    The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Hornets haven’t discussed the coaching search.

    Larranaga, Nurse and Borrego may be the most experienced candidates, but with Fizdale out, the search remains fluid.

    The 43-year-old Larranaga would be a popular hire with so many Celtics fans in the area and that he is a Charlotte native. The son of Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga Authentic Justin Reid Jersey , he was born here while his father was working at Davidson College in the mid-1970s.

    He spent 12 seasons playing overseas before landing a job in the NBA’s developmental league with the Erie Bay Hawks. He parlayed that into an assistant coaching position with the Celtics, and his now back in his second stint with the franchise.

    Nurse also spent time overseas, coaching 12 years in Europe mostly in the British Basketball League and is very familiar with the talent overseas. He joined the Raptors in 2013.

    Borrego has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 2003 with stints with San Antonio, New Orleans and Orlando.

    Larranaga and Nurse are both currently coaching in the NBA playoffs.

    The new coach will inherit a Hornets team that went 36-46 last season and has point guard Kemba Walker, center Dwight Howard and guard Nic Batum as its best three players.

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