LAS VEGAS -- Kevin Durant made a point not to ask his friend LeBron James any questions. He gets enough of those already. Besides, James answered just about every question asked of him with the letter he penned in Sports Illustrated, in which he explained his decision to leave the Miami Heat and come home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But Durant did reach out to congratulate James soon after he announced his decision.
"I thought it was well-thought-out. It was classy. It was a great move to do it as a letter," Durant said after a training camp session with USA Basketball on Tuesday. "That was pretty cool. It's funny seeing guys think about more than just basketball for once. He thought about the city where he comes from, about Northeast Ohio and how he can affect so many of the kids just being there playing basketball. I love that. So many guys get criticized for making the decision that's best for them, instead of what's best for everybody else. He's a guy that did that. You gotta respect that. I applauded him, I texted him and told him congratulations on the decision and told him I was happy for him. As a fan of the game, it's going to be pretty cool to see him back in Cleveland."
LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose continued to open eyes Tuesday in Team USA's training camp as he makes his way back from the torn meniscus in his right knee that cost him all but 10 games of the past season.
Rose, who has played in just 49 games over the past three seasons because of various injuries, including two severe knee injuries, earned praise from all corners of the Mendenhall Center on UNLV's campus.
"That's my biggest surprise coming in here," Syracuse coach and Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim told ESPNChicago.com, in reference to Rose's performance. "The one thing I was worried about is whether he would be able to step in after so much time (off). He looks, to me, as good as when we had him in the World Championship in '10, when he was at full strength coming (into) an MVP year. He looks very, very good. Obviously, [when] he gets in some games it will be a little different, but it's not like he hasn't had success in games. He had a lot of success.
AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James' hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event set to be his first public appearance in the state since he announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday, and fans claimed them within hours. The city says more tickets will be made available Wednesday evening in response to the overwhelming demand.
Organizers aren't divulging how many tickets are being offered Wednesday or in total. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people. It is unclear how much space will be used for the event, which is described as a show rather than a rally or party.
USA Basketball's FIBA U17 World Championship team is set – and it looks a lot like last year's U16 roster.
Nine members of last summer's gold medal team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Uruguay made the final cut Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The mainstays include FIBA Americas MVP Malik Newman of Callaway (Jackson, Miss.), Terrence Ferguson of Prime Prep (Dallas), Harry Giles of Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), Joshua Jackson of Prolific Prep (Napa Valley, Calif.), V.J. King of Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), Ivan Rabb of Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Devearl Ramsey of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), Diamond Stone of Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Jayson Tatum of Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.).
MANILA, Philippines – The National University (NU) Bulldogs will shoot for solo first place in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament when they take on the still-winless Adamson University Soaring Falcons Wednesday afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bulldogs have a 3-1 record, currently tied with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, whom they beat in their most recent game.
They are favored to defeat the Falcons, who most recently dropped a close game against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Before Byron Scott could say a word after being introduced as the chosen coach to carry the Los Angeles Lakers toward a hopeful championship future, several Hall of Fame voices from the purple and gold's past made a surprise appearance to weigh in on the hiring.
Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes marched into the Lakers' practice gym shortly after Scott's introductory news conference had commenced Tuesday and greeted their former teammate.
"Showtime's back, baby," Johnson said while pulling Scott in for a hug.
MANILA, Philippines – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws will target their second straight victory and third overall when they play the always-dangerous University of the East (UE) Red Warriors in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament Wednesday afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Tamaraws are coming off an 85-71 victory over the UP Fighting Maroons, while the Red Warriors just suffered their first loss of the season, a 58-60 reversal at the hands of the defending champions La Salle.
FEU coach Nash Racela is wary of the Red Warriors, however, especially because of their two imports, Moustapha Arafat and Charles Mammie.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Police say they have arrested a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes.
Officer Michele Gigante says a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy found 51-year-old Michael Williams around 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Police say Williams is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife, 48-year-old Tanganyika Williams, whose body was found July 8 lying on a Sacramento street.
Lyceum aims to keep pace with the league leaders as it takes on skidding Perpetual Help in NCAA Season 90 action Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The Pirates and the Altas do battle at 2 p.m. live on AksyonTV. Struggling teams Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College try to end their respective skids in the second game at 4 p.m. live on TV5.
Lyceum (4-2) is currently riding on a three-game winning streak to surprise the league and occupy third place in the team standings behind San Beda College and Arellano University, which have identical 5-1 cards.
Boston Celtics rookie swingman James Young said Tuesday that he has been cleared to return to basketball activities after the pre-draft car accident that forced him to miss summer league.
Young sustained a concussion and whiplash in a car accident before last month's NBA draft. The Celtics chose the 6-foot-6 swingman 17th overall with its second first-round pick but held Young out of practices and the competition for young players and free agents in Orlando.
Young said Tuesday that he was cleared to practice a "few days ago," adding that the scary rear-end collision showed him "how fast things can change. It really opened my eyes about things and I'm very blessed that I'm here and still playing."