Even a college football Saturday can't get in the way of LeBron James' first game against the Miami Heat. Even if it's a game that doesn't count.

MADRID - He could laugh about going scoreless again, tease himself about his 1-for-19 shooting from 3-point range during the FIBA World Cup.

The United States captured back-to-back FIBA World Cup championships with a lopsided 129-92 rout of Serbia in Sunday's title game.

He was speaking for himself, but also for those who toil in similar anonymity.

WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. - Chance Kidd is ready to play ball.

Police are looking for burglars who made off with various items from the Salt Lake City home of Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko.

Some people focus on Derrick Rose's meager 5.4 points per game and 27.3 percent shooting, including an unsightly 1-for-17 from 3-point range.

The Hawks sent a letter on Saturday apologizing for the events of the past week.

The Atlanta Hawks released an open letter of apology to fans and city of Atlanta on Saturday, saying the organization "did not do the right thing" to correct racially inflammatory words and innuendos "over a period of years."

When Derrick Rose boards USA Basketball's charter flight headed stateside Monday, gold or silver medal in tow, just two weeks remain until Bulls' training camp begins.

LOS ANGELES-Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry was granted an indefinite leave of absence Friday amid calls for his dismissal over racially insensitive remarks about a free agent his team was interested in.

Racially inflammatory comments made by Hawks' management left the NBA team facing a crisis that threatens its progress on the court and in the stands.

The racial slur uttered by Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry regarding Luol Deng seems to trace back to the Cavaliers organization, according to the scouting report obtained Friday by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The Clippers have re-signed free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu, who played in 38 games with the team last season.

The Los Angeles Clippers re-signed free agent forward Hedo Turkoglu to an undisclosed contract on Friday.

Bulls top basketball executive John Paxson said he has been pleased with Derrick Rose's play at the FIBA World Cup in Spain for Team USA despite the guard's shooting woes.

In the wake of Heat forward Luol Deng being dragged into an ugly mix of misguided scouting and internal conflict within the Hawks organization, Atlanta General Manager Danny Ferry on Friday requested and was granted a leave of absence from the team.

Milos Teodosic scored 24 points to help Serbia defeat France, 90-85, in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup on Friday.

The Cavaliers are instituting a monthly lottery to try and fairly meet the incredible demands for single-game tickets, the team announced on Friday.

Hawks general manager Danny Ferry will take an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately.

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday, making the move under fire for his racially charged comments about a player.

The Chicago Bulls on Friday officially opened the team's new training facility next door to Chicago's United Center, moving into the city from the suburbs.

Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has been feeling the best kind of pain this week — that general muscle soreness that comes from finally playing the sport he loves again.

Team USA will vie for its fourth straight international gold medal Sunday after its 96-68 demolition of Lithuania on Thursday night at Palau Sant Jordi.

A newspaper says it has obtained audio of Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry making racially charged comments about NBA player Luol Deng.

Spain is out. And USA Basketball keeps rolling.

Patrick Kane and LeBron James seemed destined to work together in some capacity. Besides the fact that they're two of the biggest and most marketable superstars in the NHL and NBA, respectively, Kane and James have shown mutual admiration for each other over Twitter and in interviews.

These were not the best two days for Illinois.

The assault and battery case involving Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston has been rescheduled for Nov. 14.

James Harden scored all 16 of his points during a dominant third quarter that carried the United States to a 96-68 victory over Lithuania in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup on Thursday.

The Brooklyn Nets have signed center Jerome Jordan to an undisclosed contract.

NBA star Paul George got the message quickly Thursday.

On Tuesday, the NBA suspended Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe for two regular-season games for pleading guilty to impaired driving earlier this year.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced plans for a scrimmage at Choctaw High School.

So much for that FIBA World Cup final between Spain and the U.S.

The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Leandro Barbosa.

The Warriors signed free-agent guard Leandro Barbosa to a contract Wednesday, the team announced.

The Golden State Warriors signed free agent guard Leandro Barbosa on Wednesday.

Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is reportedly interested in buying the Atlanta Hawks amid the racially-charged controversy that has engulfed the franchise he once starred for throughout the 1980s and early '90s.

Mike Krzyzewski isn't the only one excited that Derrick Rose returned to form in Team USA's World Cup quarterfinal victory.

Warriors executive board member Jerry West has agreed to a two-year extension with the team through the 2016-2017 season, an NBA source confirmed to the Mercury News on Wednesday.

The Atlanta Hawks cancelled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders Wednesday, prompting one of the group's leaders to say his community was greatly offended.

Milos Teodosic scored 23 points to lead Serbia over Brazil, 84-56, Wednesday in quarterfinal action at the FIBA World Cup.

Chauncey Billups has apparently decided to call it a career.

The good old days in sports, back when ignorance was bliss and everything seemed simple, might be defined as a time when who the athlete was on the field and how well he performed for us was enough. Plenty. We didn't look deeper. We didn't care to know.

Individual tickets for all regular season New Orleans Pelicans home games go on sale to the general public on Wednesday at 8 a.m.

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