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Grizzlies’ Mario Chalmers goes down with non-contact injury, out for game


This is not good.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers went down in the game against Boston with a non-contact injury. The worst kind, and this didn’t look good. He had to be helped back to the locker room, and the medical staff seemed to be looking at his Achilles’ tendon. He is out for the rest of the game.

Then there is this from Chris Mannix.

Chalmers left the arena in a wheelchair, according to reports.

Chalmers started Wednesday against Boston because Mike Conley is battling a sore foot and will miss a couple of games.

Hopefully for Memphis, this isn’t as bad as it appeared. We will learn more in the next 24-48 hours.

LeBron James: “I’ll kidnap my momma to win”

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LeBron James has seemed frustrated lately, at least that’s one reading of his cryptic tweets. He’s said the Cavaliers are not ready for playoff basketball right now. He came back to Cleveland selling a prodigal son story and bringing with him the promise of the first championship in Cleveland in any sport since 1964. The year “Meet the Beatles!” was released.

How bad does LeBron want to win?

Bad enough that he told Joe Johnson he would move to the four to accommodate him, even though LeBron has said more than once he is not of fan of playing the four, LeBron told Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Then LeBron took it a step further.

“All I care about is winning. That’s all that matters to me,” James confirmed to cleveland.com. “A piece like Joe, you know what it does to your team and if he was concerned about playing time or concerned about starting, then I’ll sacrifice. I’ll sacrifice to get a guy like that to help us try to win a championship….

“Man listen, I’ll do anything to win. I’ll kidnap my momma to win,” James said to cleveland.com with a deadpan expression on his face.

Johnson ended up choosing Miami, opting for a situation where he would get more minutes and exposure (to help with his next contract coming this summer) over winning. (Although Miami has played better of late, they are not contenders.)

Maybe that’s not the commitment LeBron wants in a teammate.

Cavaliers sign guard Jordan McRae for rest of season

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have signed guard Jordan McRae for the remainder of this season.

The team said Wednesday that they have signed McRae to a multi-year contract, but provided no further details on his deal. McRae has appeared in three games since he signed a 10-day contract on Feb. 28.

The 6-foot-6 McRae began the season in the NBA Development League, where he made 29l starts for Delaware, averaging 23.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists. Against Canton on Jan. 26, he scored a D-League record 61 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists.

McRae also had two 10-day stints with the Phoenix Suns this season, appearing in seven games. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 assists in 11.7 minutes.

He was originally selected by San Antonio in the 2014 draft. McRae played in Australia for a year before joining Delaware for the season’s final 13 games.

USA Basketball to stick with selecting 12 man roster for Rio, no tryouts

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There will be no formal tryouts for Team USA heading into the Rio Olympics this summer.

This isn’t new news, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo said this before. But he reiterated it to Marc Stein of ESPN Wednesday. Rather than bring 15-20 players to a training camp in Las Vegas then have to make cuts to get to 12, this time around USA Basketball is just going to select the 12 and announce it. Then that dozen will come to Las Vegas in July for a training camp before a series of exhibitions in cities around the USA; then everyone heads to Brazil and the games that start Aug. 5 (basketball tips off Aug. 6).

It would be more accurate to say that the tryouts for Team USA are going on right now as the NBA season winds down. Colangelo said he thinks a lot about what the roster makeup should be.

“I play that game in my own mind almost every day. And it changes every other day in my mind. We’ve got so many great players and they all want to participate. We may be in for a surprise or two at the end of the day, where someone is not going to make themselves available, but because of the depth on this roster, we could take a few hits and still be in great shape.

“So I’m just keeping all my options open. And I’m interested always to hear other people’s opinions, but you can trust me: I’ll make the final decision based on what I think is right for us in conjunction with Coach K and our staff … what’s the best 12 to put us in the best position to be successful? And I’ll go right back to something we said many years ago. It’s not an All-Star team. It’s: ‘Let’s put a group together that puts us in this best position to win.’ “

Of course, Coach Mike Krzyzewski will have a heavy hand in the roster decision. Some of that roster makeup comes down to who is available. For example, LeBron James has said he doesn’t know if he will play this summer. If the Cavaliers make the NBA Finals that will be six consecutive seasons James will have played into June, he may want to rest his body in July and August. Other players also will have similar decisions to make. We do know that Carmelo Anthony wants in, and that Kobe Bryant will sit this one out.

One other interesting note from Colangelo: After looking at their options, USA Basketball will house its men’s and women’s team on a cruise ship docked in Rio rather than at a hotel in the city.

“We have sent our people [to Rio] on four or five occasions,” Colangelo said. “We have researched everything we could on accommodations. And we made our decision as to what we’re going to do. Bear in mind that, since ’92, [USAB’s] basketball teams haven’t stayed in the Olympic Village. Also bear in mind that basketball is one of only two sports that runs the entire length of the Olympic [Games].

“Because of the high visibility of our athletes, we’re better served by [going] above and beyond what the Olympic people provide for us in the way of security and so forth. We do our own things to make sure we’ve protected our people. There’s a big investment here that we’ll have in Rio. … We will not be in the Village, but our players will be in there a lot, like they have been in the last two Olympics.”

Pistons likely to get Jodie Meeks back during upcoming road trip

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Detroit remains just half a game out of the playoffs in the East (trailing eight-seed Chicago), but they need to make their push into the postseason soon.

This might help — Detroit should be getting shooting guard Jodie Meeks back from his foot injury soon. Meeks has been cleared for full contact and may be back with the team on its upcoming road trip, as reported David Mayo, who covers the Pistons for MLive.com.

Meeks went on to say there was a “good possibility” he would play on the road trip, one that is key to the Pistons’ playoff hopes.

Meeks is a veteran shooting guard who is a career 37.3 percent from three. First a back and then a foot injury have kept him out of all but two games this season, but if the Pistons get him back it would help with the depth behind Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Meeks isn’t going to help their defense, but the shooting would be a boost.

It’s something to watch over the next few weeks.