•?Cavaliers coach Byron Scott offered no official update on Kyrie Irving’s injured shoulder, but Luke Walton said Irving practiced on Saturday and is hopeful he can return soon. “With Kyrie coming back, he’ll give us that spark needed to get us going in the right direction again,” Walton said before adding, “What’s more important for Kyrie is to make sure his shoulder is healthy. You’ve got to think about what’s best for his future and the team’s future and that’s him being healthy. We joke and kid about wanting him back, but we’ve also told him to make sure it’s healthy because we don’t want him to re-injure that shoulder as young as he is.”

•?Cavs assistant coach Joe Prunty is expected to coach Great Britain’s national team this summer, a league source confirmed. The announcement should be made official later this week.

•?Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman might have talked his way out of joining the Miami Heat this summer when he ripped star Dwyane Wade. “I’m actually a LeBron James fan. I’m not much of a Dwyane Wade fan,” Kaman told a Dallas radio station, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I just never really got along with [Wade]. I guess I just don’t like his style or whatever. I didn’t like the year the Mavs lost when he got all the foul calls. I didn’t like that.” Kaman can be a free agent this summer, and the Heat are looking for centers. Heat President Pat Riley has liked Kaman dating all the way back to the 2003 draft.

•?Injured Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose could still try to return for the playoffs even if he misses the entire regular season, ESPN.com reported.

•?Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller hasn’t decided yet whether to return to school or enter the NBA Draft, but his big brother had some advice for him after the Hoosiers’ season ended in the Sweet 16. Cavs center Tyler Zeller told him to take a week and get all of the emotion out of the decision. Cody is expected to join Tyler in Cleveland this week — not on an official visit to the Cavs, but as one brother visiting another.

•?Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, after garnering just 8 percent of the vote in Russia’s presidential election last year, now wants a seat in the Moscow city legislature, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. Considered the 10th-richest man in Russia, Prokhorov has declared he wants to get out of business entirely to focus on politics.

•?The Cavs have company in their misery. The Detroit Pistons are 3-16 since the All-Star break and haven’t won a home game since Feb. 13.

•?The New York Knicks aren’t sure yet if they’ll have Amare Stoudemire back for the playoffs following another procedure on his knee, but coach Mike Woodson sounds confident. “If anyone is going to make it back, it’s Amare,” Woodson said. “I can promise you that.”

•?Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge laughed when he heard Pat Riley’s statement (see Quote of the Week at top right). “I would say we’re both right,” Ainge told the Boston Globe. “LeBron should stop complaining. I complained as a player and I should manage my own team. We’re both right.” James didn’t want to revisit his initial comments about the fouls, but said of Ainge, “Not surprised to hear anything from Boston. No, not surprised at all.”

•?Former Minnesota Timberwolves coach and Cleveland-area native Flip Saunders declined an opportunity to replace Tubby Smith as coach at the University of Minnesota, according to an ESPN.com report. Saunders played collegiately for the Golden Gophers.