NBA plans summer exhibition game in South Africa
The NBA will stage an exhibition game next August in South Africa.
Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum made the announcement Tuesday in Johannesburg, where the NBA is holding a Basketball without Borders camp. He said all proceeds will go to charity and that becoming the first U.S. professional league to play a game on the continent is “just an evolution of our commitment to continuing to bring basketball to the continent of Africa.”
The NBA first held one of its camps in South Africa in 2003 and has returned nearly every year. Players and coaches will provide instruction to 60 top young African players while also conducting clinics and providing the campers with life skills lessons.
NBA coaches Dwane Casey, Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins are among this year’s instructors.
Golden State’s Speights charged with DUI in Fla.
TAMPA, Fla. — Golden State Warriors player Marreese Speights faces a drunken driving charge in Florida.
Tampa police said the former Florida Gator was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with driving under the influence.
The Warriors said in a news release that the team was aware of the arrest but had no comment.
According to a police report, an officer pulled over Speights’ black Bentley shortly after 3 a.m. because he failed to yield the right of way while pulling out of a driveway. The officer reported that Speights seemed impaired and agreed to a field sobriety test.
Police say Speights’ blood-alcohol level was recorded to be 0.103 and 0.106 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.
Speights was released on $500 bail. Records didn’t say if he had an attorney.
Cavs officially announce signings of Miller, Jones
CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers officially announced the signings of Mike Miller and James Jones, two shooters who won NBA titles with LeBron James in Miami.
Miller and Jones agreed to terms with the Cavs shortly after James announced he was returning to Cleveland and signed a two-year, $41 million contract with the club.
A 14-year veteran, Miller has played in Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington and Miami. He’s averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Miller gives the Cavs a needed outside shooting threat and a player who knows how to get open for James.
Last season, Miller connected on 46 percent (107-233) of his 3-pointers with the Grizzlies.
Jones, too, can shoot. He has made 40 percent of his career 3s and won the league’s 3-point shootout at the 2011 All-Star game.
By wire sources