NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Latest on Saturday’s NBA All-Star events (all times local):
LeBron James has arrived at All-Star weekend.
The Cleveland star and three-time NBA champion is on the floor for Eastern Conference All-Star practice. He missed Friday’s All-Star events while tending to a family matter.
James tossed a T-shirt into the screaming crowd as he walked out to start practice, sending fans straining to catch the freebie. It’s the 13th All-Star weekend for James, the most of anyone in Sunday night’s contest.
Says East coach Brad Stevens, “Watching these guys, everyone should love it.”
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are on the floor together – though they started on opposite ends.
The Western Conference All-Stars are practicing at the Superdome, and interaction between Westbrook and any of the Golden State Warriors has been limited at best. The four Golden State All-Stars started warming up at one end of the floor, while Westbrook went to the other.
Stephen Curry eventually came down to the end of the court where Westbrook was shooting, and not long after that West coach Steve Kerr of Golden State summoned the whole team to one end of the floor. He told the team to run a little bit of five-man weave, “to pretend like we’re practicing.”
Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to the 1985 NCAA championship, and Chris Webber are among the 14 finalists for this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction class.
Others include NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.
Previous finalists returning to the ballot include point guard Tim Hardaway, record-setting high school coach Robert Hughes, Notre Dame women’s coach Muffet McGraw, former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and 10-time AAU national champion Wayland Baptist University.
Enshrinees will be announced at the Final Four on April 3. The induction ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts are Sept. 7-9.