Green’s summer gets sweeter yet

First an NBA title. Then a very green contract. Now an invitation to the USA Basketball minicamp.

Could a spot on the Olympic team be in Draymond Green’s future?

On Wednesday, it was reported that Green and Warriors teammate Harrison Barnes had received offers to attend a three-day event in Las Vegas next month. Trey Burke, Jimmy Butler, Mike Conley, Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo were asked to attend as well.

According to USA Basketball drill master Jerry Colangelo, the camp will consist mostly of non-contact workouts and not be part of the evaluation process. But candidates are required to attend in order to be considered for a Team USA spot next summer.

While roster spots are at a premium on the 12-man squad, it’s possible that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and a few other core members will pass on the Rio Games.

Besides, a trip to Las Vegas can make for a nice consolation prize.

ALL-STAR GAME STRIKES OUT: The ratings are in, and they’re not pretty. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game was ignored in record numbers.

The so-called Mid-Summer Classic generated a 6.6 rating on Fox, which surpassed the previous low of 6.8 for the game in Kansas City three years ago. The broadcast averaged 10.9 million viewers, a drop-off from 11.3 million in Derek Jeter’s All-Star farewell last year.

The facts didn’t stop the network from distributing a self-congratulatory news release with this headline: “STAR-STUDDED MLB ALL-STAR GAME SHINES BRIGHT FOR FOX.”

Much worse, MLB has missed out on a nationwide opportunity to sell its young stars, who have been counted on to spawn a new generation of fans. For the most part, they didn’t disappoint on Tuesday, either. Mike Trout cast his vote as the face of baseball, while Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom and Manny Machado showed they got game, too.

The news isn’t all bad for seamheads, though. The MLB version remains the highest-rated of all such competitions, better than NFL Pro Bowl (5.1), the NBA All-Star Game (4.3) and the NHL All-Star (1.2), although how the Pro Bowl ever attracts more than 98 viewers remains one of the great mysteries of the sports world.

MAN, THAT’S COLD: Did you see the way DeMarcus Cousins blew off his coach, George Karl, in the summer league the earlier this week? Mark Cuban would have been warmer to DeAndre Jordan, for goshsakes.

Sacramento Kings operations chief Vlade Divac claims he can help negotiate a peace settlement between Cousins and Karl before the start of the training camp. He also says that Karl will still be the coach by then.

Nonetheless, Cousins is the highest-paid player on the team and has three years and about $47 million left on his contract. And with the NBA being a player’s league and all, you can guess who will be the last Drama King standing.

TICK, TICK, TICK… San Diego is in hurry-up mode as it concerns a stadium that would keep the Chargers in town, and Raiders Nation is sure to be among its biggest fans.

The San Diego city council voted to move forward with an $2.1 million Environmental Impact Report, which must be approved before mid-October in order to schedule a Jan. 12 public vote. Yet the Chargers contend that a sufficient EIR cannot be completed before the deadline, which tells you they’re heart is right now.

“The city’s quickie EIR will be full of holes and will be thrown out by the courts,” Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani said per the San Diego Union-Tribune. “The Chargers will simply not hitch the future of the franchise to the city’s misbegotten legal strategy.”

To compound matters, the task force has recommended the same site as Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, while the Chargers prefer one in the downtown area.

NFL executives will meet on Aug. 10 to discuss possible relocation to the Los Angeles area.

Let’s make it third-and-long.

FAIR ENOUGH: ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith has been criticized for his worn-out race card, but give the man some credit for his public stance on domestic violence.

Earlier this week, Smith reported that black players had been involved in 94 of the 96 domestic violence cases in the NFL in the last 15 years. “This is a problem, and it’s a problem of the black community,” he said.
If accurate, that’s a staggering percentage even if black athletes do comprise about two-thirds of the league.

YOUR TURN: “I have no idea how to make baseball more attractive to black athletes. Yes, it is a shame there isn’t a greater presence, but I hope no one is implying that the game should be substantially changed somehow to accommodate this imbalance.” — Jerry Levine, San Francisco

(The higher-ups had better do something, because there’s a generation of kids who would rather do just about anything than sit through a three-hour ballgame.)

Winless in Seattle: What we learned from Niners’ loss

‘It was just frustrating,’ despite a good effort

By Al Saracevic
Niners face Seahawks in key game with postseason implications

The stretch drive is here and the Niners look ready