LeBron James was held out by the Miami Heat on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls because of his broken nose, as he missed a game for only the second time this season.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said the decision, announced less than two hours before tipoff in Miami, was “somewhat close.” But after Miami beat Chicago 93-79, Spoelstra said he didn’t want to risk James aggravating the injury.
James was replaced in the lineup by center Greg Oden, who made his first NBA start since December 2009. Oden, a former No. 1 overall draft pick mounting a comeback from knee trouble, had five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.
MAGIC COACH FAN OF NETS’ COLLINS — Jacque Vaughn is a fan of Jason Collins.
Sunday, Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and became the first openly gay player in North America’s four major professional team sports leagues.
Vaughn and Collins were teammates with the New Jersey Nets during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
“Jason was one of the best teammates I ever had,” Vaughn said Sunday.