Two of the Miami Heat’s Big Three are expected to play in the preseason opener while the remaining member will likely sit.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said forward LeBron James and center Chris Bosh will play some in today’s exhibition game against the Atlanta Hawks, but guard Dwyane Wade is questionable. New additions Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis are also expected to play limited minutes.
“The Atlanta fans, they’ll be happy be about it,” James said. “Those Atlanta fans, they’ll be happy that Spo is making me active. It’ll be fun. Whatever I play, I don’t know how many minutes I’ll play, but the minutes I’m out there I will produce.”
Wade is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, but the Heat have been encouraged with his progress. Wade practiced Saturday before the team traveled to Atlanta. After the Hawks game, they will travel to China for a week to play two games against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Barkley a LeBron fan
Charles Barkley thinks LeBron James can be better than Michael Jordan.
Jordan is considered by many to be the best player in NBA history. Barkley says he would never compare anyone to the hall of famer and six-time NBA champion. But Barkley also says that James is “just bigger, stronger, faster.”
Barkley makes his comments on the first episode of NBA TV’s Open Court,” to debut Tuesday at 11 p.m. The series features a round-table discussion of NBA TV and TNT commentators. They include Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith, Chris Webber, Steve Kerr and Ernie Johnson.
Big day for Nets
A team dressed in black and white will take the court this morning at Barclays Center, making a small bit of history with every dribble. The practice will be the Brooklyn Nets’ first in Brooklyn, and their first chance to get acquainted with their new home. The Nets’ starting five have never played a game together. Five of their top 10 players arrived over the summer. They have been practicing together for just a week.
Coach Avery Johnson is considering an expanded rotation. The Nets were 24th last season, allowing 99.1 points per game.
Around the league
The Los Angeles Lakers traveled to Fresno, Calif., for their preseason opener today against Golden State. Center Dwight Howard is recovering from offseason back surgery and won’t play. ... New York Knicks radio analyst John Andariese is resigning to spend more time with his family, ending a career with the team that began in 1972. He will be replaced by Brendan Brown, who was a Knicks’ radio analyst for several games last season.
Compiled from wire reports