Basketball News And Notes April 3

Basketball News And Notes April 3


NBA Today - April 3
Tue, Apr 3, 2007
By Associated Press

SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, April 3

Detroit at Indiana (7 p.m. EST). The Pacers moved within 1 1/2 games of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after a 100-99 win over the Spurs on Sunday night.

LAYED UP

LeBron James received treatment for tendinitis in his right knee on Monday, one day after sitting out the Cavaliers' loss in Boston. The All-Star forward is listed as a game-time decision for Tuesday night's road game against Minnesota. He will be re-evaluated following a shootaround in Minneapolis.

BACK OUT THERE

Dwyane Wade practiced with the Miami Heat on Monday, the first time he'd taken part in a full workout since dislocating his left shoulder nearly six weeks ago. Wade was on the floor for some 5-on-5 and other drills for about 90 minutes, then planned to do about another 90 minutes of weightlifting and physical therapy afterward. Wade was averaging 28.8 points when he was hurt in a collision with Houston's Shane Battier on Feb. 21. The Heat have gone 13-7 since Wade's injury.

OLD SCHOOL

The Dallas Mavericks signed 44-year-old center Kevin Willis to a 10-day contract Monday, making him the oldest active player in the NBA. Willis has played 20 seasons with seven teams, most recently Atlanta for 29 games in 2004-05. He has career averages of 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. Starting center Erick Dampier injured his right shoulder while grabbing a rebound Friday against New York and is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against Sacramento.

SPEAKING

''Trust me. When I take the court, I'll be all right.'' - Dwyane Wade, who returned to practice with the Miami Heat on Monday, nearly six weeks after suffering the dislocation that threatened to end his season.

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James treated for tendinitis; listed as questionable
Mon, Apr 2, 2007
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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James received treatment for tendinitis in his right knee on Monday, one day after sitting out the Cavaliers' loss in Boston.

The All-Star forward is listed as questionable for Tuesday night's road game against Minnesota, the team said in a statement. He will be re-evaluated following shootaround in Minneapolis.

After scoring 39 points in a win at Chicago on Saturday, James was rested against the Celtics, who beat Cleveland 98-96 despite not having forward Paul Pierce.

The Cavs dropped to 3-1 without James in the lineup. He had previously missed one game with back spasms and two games with a sprained right big toe.

''We miss LeBron. We miss LeBron every time he doesn't play. He's our guy,'' coach Mike Brown said. ''He's just got a lot of bumps and bruises.''

Also Monday, James was named Eastern Conference player of the month. He averaged 30.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists while helping the Cavs go 11-5. It's the fifth time he has won the award in his career.

Among his top performances was a season-high 41 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in a March 7 win over Detroit.

The Cavaliers also announced that forward Ira Newble is receiving treatment for a sinus infection in Cleveland. He was sent home from Chicago over the weekend to get medical attention.

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Beilein headed to Michigan
April 3rd, 2007

Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - John Beilein is reportedly set to become the new men's basketball coach at Michigan University.

According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, Beilein reached a deal and accepted an offer by the university late Monday to take over the basketball program.

The 54-year-old Beilein would become the 16th head coach in school history and replace Tommy Amaker, who was fired on March 17 after a 22-13 season that included a second-round loss in the NIT.

Amaker spent the past six years as head coach of the Wolverines and finished his career at the school with a 109-83 overall record.

Beilein has spent the last five years as the head man at West Virginia and is fresh off of capturing the NIT championship this past season. His best campaign with the Mountaineers came in 2004-05, when the school went 24-11 and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. WVU also defeated eight ranked teams that year.

Prior to coaching the Mountaineers, Beilein spent five seasons building up the basketball program at Richmond.

In 29 seasons as a head coach that has included stints with LeMoyne and Canisius, Beilein has compiled a winning record in 26 of those campaigns. His overall record is 551-318.

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Arkansas names Altman hoops coach
April 2nd, 2007

Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) - The University of Arkansas announced Monday that Dana Altman has been named head men's basketball coach.

Altman led Creighton to a 260-141 record, seven NCAA Tournament appearances and three NIT appearances during his 13 seasons with the Bluejays. His team finished 22-11 this past season and won the Missouri Valley Conference title with a 67-61 win over No. 11 Southern Illinois before falling to No. 15 Nevada in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 77-71.

Stan Heath was fired at Arkansas just last week after leading the Razorbacks to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. He spent five years in Fayetteville and guided the school to a record of 82-71.

Despite the winning record, Heath's teams were just 31-49 in the rugged Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks were in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament this year, but a run to the SEC Tournament title game helped them gain an at-large bid. They were rewarded with a 12th seed in the NCAA tourney and dropped a 77-60 decision to Southern California in the first round to complete a 21-14 season.

The Razorbacks also suffered a first-round loss in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, an appearance that ended a four-year NCAA drought.

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Lickliter to leave Butler for Iowa coaching job
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ATLANTA -- Iowa chose Butler's Todd Lickliter as its next head coach on Monday night, and he will be introduced at a Tuesday news conference.

ESPN.com's Andy Katz first reported the hiring earlier Monday.

Lickliter will replace Steve Alford, who left for New Mexico last month.

Lickliter was 131-61 in six years at Butler and led the Bulldogs to 29 wins this season, including an appearance in the Sweet 16, where they lost to Florida. Lickliter is the latest Butler coach to land a big-time job, following the footsteps of Barry Collier (Nebraska's former coach) and Ohio State's Thad Matta.

Multiple sources told ESPN.com that Iowa offered the job to Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings, but he withdrew Monday morning. Iowa also spoke with Creighton's Dana Altman Sunday before he accepted Arkansas' job.

Lickliter's departure could open the door for Collier, who returned to his alma mater to be the athletic director last offseason.

Lickliter is Barta's first major hire at Iowa since succeeding current Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby last summer.

Barta was in transit from Atlanta to Iowa City and unavailable for comment, Iowa officials said. Lickliter was also unavailable for immediate comment Monday night.

"I wish Todd well. He's given us six great years, but boy am I disappointed that we're losing him," Butler University President Bobby Fong told Indianapolis television station WISH in an interview Monday night.

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Hornets Peja Stojakovic is doubtful (back)

Pacers Jermaine O'Neal is questionable (ankle).

Celtics Paul Pierce (elbow) sat out practice on Monday, and coach Doc Rivers said he would be surprised if he returned before Friday.

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Foster ailing with back spasms
Tue, Apr 3, 2007
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Pacers center Jeff Foster was not expected to play against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night because of back spasms.

Foster injured his back March 13 at Minnesota and missed two games after that. He started the next eight games but played only nine minutes before leaving in the first quarter Sunday in a 100-99 win over San Antonio.

Foster is averaging 4.1 points and 8.1 rebounds.

Jermaine O'Neal, who missed the game Sunday with a sore left knee, and Jamaal Tinsley, who bumped his right elbow on the final play of the game, were listed as questionable for the Pistons game Tuesday night.

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