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Odds & Ends: James, Bowen, Kidd, Lin, Wright

After tonight's announcement from the NBA Player's Association, we can officially shut the door on any talk that LeBron James should assume the union's head position.  What we don't know about James, however, are his intentions after the upcoming season, when he can opt out of his current deal with the Heat.  James kept quiet about his plans on an interview that aired on the new Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday night, writes HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy, who expects James to keep his options open.

Here are some other news and notes from around the league:

  • The Kings have named Ryan Bowen as an assistant coach and assistant director of player development, the team announced today in a press release.  Bowen spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Nuggets, where he spent two stints as a player.  He also played in Houston, New Orleans and Oklahoma City in his NBA playing career.
  • Jason Kidd is ready to make the transition from player to coach with the Nets, writes Fran Blinebury of, who lists Tom Heinsohn, Billy Cunningham and Larry Bird among those who have walked a similar path with success.
  • Speaking at a youth conference in Taiwan, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin said he put too much pressure on himself in his first year in Houston and it resulted in his coaches losing faith in him, according to an ESPN news release.  Lin will need to rediscover his confidence quickly considering the expectations in Houston this season.
  • Dorell Wright says his trust in Blazers general manager Neil Olshey was a big factor in his agreement to sign with Portland, writes Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune.  Wright said he envisions himself as a bench player, and that he expects the Blazers to vie for a playoff spot.

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