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Friday, April 2, 2010

LeBron may take pass on worlds

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has a busy summer ahead. Maybe too busy to play basketball.

Cleveland's superstar said Wednesday night that he's "probably not playing" for Team USA this summer in the world championships in Turkey. James, who was a captain on the U.S. team that won a gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008, is eligible for free agency after the season and is scheduled to film a movie.

His crammed itinerary may make it impossible to play for his country for the third time. James also was a member of the 2004 Olympic team in Athens.

"I got a really, really, really, really, really busy summer," James said about an hour before tip-off against the Milwaukee Bucks. "I would love if I had the opportunity and the time to play to represent my country and go out there and do that. But there's a lot of things I need to take care of first."

So will he play?

"It's very, very shady right now," he said. "I'm probably not playing. There are a lot of decisions I need to make this summer before I decide to get back out on the court."

Shaq on the mend

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal says his surgically repaired thumb is healing ahead of schedule.

Looking remarkably fit, O'Neal, who has been out since tearing a ligament in his thumb on Feb. 25 and having surgery, said he plans to resume basketball activities soon. He said his thumb is "good" and that he's looking forward to getting back on the court.

The Cavs had expected O'Neal to miss the remainder of the regular season, but the iconic superstar sounded as if he might be back before the April 14 finale at Atlanta.

Theus to interview

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Reggie Theus will interview for the current opening at DePaul University.

"That's my understanding," Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis said prior to Wednesday night's game against Sacramento.

Theus, who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1978, said he hasn't had a direct conversation with officials from the Chicago school, but said that his agent is handling initial conversations.

"I'm getting calls, but I'm not picking up my phone until after the game," Theus said.

Theus, who played 13 seasons in the NBA, was an assistant coach to Rick Pitino at Louisville for two seasons. He later was the head coach at New Mexico State.

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