"It's going to be a long process, man," James, who went
scoreless in the second half, said after the game. "There's been
a lot of losing basketball around here for a few years. So a lot
of guys that are going to help us win ultimately haven't played
a lot of meaningful basketball games in our league."
The NBA suspended New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith one game
without pay Wednesday for striking Washington Wizards guard Glen
Rice Jr. in the groin.
Smith struck Rice on a drive to the basket and was whistled for
a foul on the play. Smith will serve his suspension Wednesday
night when the Knicks visit the Detroit Pistons.
The NBA Development League will introduce rules changes this
season designed to speed up the game while giving coaches the
option to challenge calls.
Other new rules include the ability to make substitutions and
advance the ball without a timeout, eliminating the intentional
fouling system and increasing the total number of fouls before a
team shoots free throws.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced several additions and
promotions to the basketball operations staff on Wednesday.
Sachin Gupta has been named vice president of basketball
operations and Ben Falk has been named vice president of
basketball strategy. Vince Rozman has been promoted to director
of basketball operations and scouting innovation.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.