MIAMI -- LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction and immediately attacked the rim.
There was no one in his way.
There was no stopping him, either.
With perimeter player Zach Graham reinforcing the team and starting center Rob Reyes still out because of a knee injury, Air 21 Express coach Franz Pumaren is bracing for a trade that will bring in a big man for the squad.
“I have several players on my wish list. Wish list that is doable,” he said.
Pumaren feels good about his team’s chances for the season-ending Governors’ Cup with the return of Graham, who led the same conference in scoring last season.
The prolific Zach Graham will make return for a second tour of duty with the Air 21 Express for the Governors’ Cup, which gives their coach Franz Pumaren much hope for the tournament.
“He’s coming off a stint in Turkey and he was the leading scorer of his team there, steering them into the playoffs,” Pumaren told InterAKTV in a telephone interview.
He played for the Maliye Milli squad where he averaged 14.5 points per game and close to 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony suffered a small left shoulder tear late in the regular season that was revealed during an MRI on Wednesday, a league source confirmed.
The Knicks are hopeful Anthony will not need surgery, according to the source, who added the team plans to allow its All-Star to rest for the next three-to-four weeks in an attempt to allow the injury to heal.
If it is not healed at that point, then surgery will be considered, the source said.
ARWIND Santos of Petron and Calvin Abueva of Alaska are likely to join the Gilas Pilipinas team pool now in the early stage of a buildup for the Fiba Asia Men’s championship scheduled in August in Manila.
Both Santos and Abueva failed to make the original 15-man pool announced by national coach Chot Reyes on March 26, but the necessity for the two cagers’ services became apparent due to injuries that hit the national team.
Chot is reportedly keen on getting the Petron’s power-forward and the Alaska Aces’ energetic all-around player, although the national mentor has invited more players to the practice to finally complete the team.
ew Orleans Hornets forward Al-Farouq Aminu has revealed how compatriot Ike Diogu helped him out in getting a call-up to D’Tigers ahead of Nigeria’s campaign at last year’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela.
Aminu impressed with his versatility, averaging 13.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in the competition. Along with Diogu, he was one of the key players that secured a ticket for the national team to appear the Olympic Basketball Tournament for the first time.
The 2.05m forward had big performances in key wins over European powers Lithuania and Greece to clinch one of the three Olympic berths on offer.
Mike Krzyzewski has decided to remain coach of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team.
Krzyzewski, expected to step down, will try to lead the Americans to a third consecutive gold medal, Duke University confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday. USA Basketball has scheduled a news conference at 10:40 a.m. ET Thursday at Duke to announce a coaching selection.
The Hall of Fame coach has led the Americans since 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2010 world basketball championship. His return was first reported by Sports Illustrated.
MANILA, Philippines - Alaska super rookie Calvin Abueva could be a late addition to the national pool that will undergo training in Lithuania as part of Gilas Pilipinas’ buildup for the FIBA Asia Championship in August.
“I’ve long wanted him (Abueva) to be in the pool. The problem was the one-player-per-team agreement,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes hoping to include Abueva in their Lithuania trip after the Alaska management itself expressed willingness to release the prized rookie to the national pool.
“If Alaska gives its approval, we’ll work on Abueva’s inclusion as a replacement to Sonny Thoss,” Reyes told The STAR.
LOS ANGELES -- When Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak called Phil Jackson to tell him the Lakers were hiring Mike D'Antoni instead of him as coach, he responded the only way he knew how.
"I laughed," Jackson told ESPN's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" show Wednesday. "It was humorous to me when Mitch said that we think that Mike is a better coach for this group of guys."
Jackson had been prepared to tell Kupchak whether he was interested in returning to the Lakers' bench the next day, but the GM called Jackson late that Sunday night, Nov. 11, to tell him the Lakers had decided to go in another direction.
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker plans to have an MRI on Thursday on his troublesome left calf, although he doesn't expect to miss any playing time in the Western Conference finals.
Parker says the MRI is "just to make sure" he's improving on schedule from the injury, which limited his effectiveness in the final two games of the Spurs' second-round series against Golden State.
Parker had 15 points and a career-best 18 assists in San Antonio's Game 2 win against Memphis on Tuesday night. The Spurs lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday night in Memphis.