We should all deal with injuries the way that Heat star LeBron James does. With a badly strained groin, James still managed to put up 33 points on 12-for-23 shooting) with eight rebounds and eight assists while passing Larry Bird and Gary Payton on the all-time scoring list in last night’s loss to the Kings. The injury is nagging LeBron, however, and he might sit out the upcoming contest against the Trail Blazers. More out of the Southeast Division..
- Jason Maxiell has assumed a mentor role with his young Magic team, writes Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News. After spending his entire career with the Pistons, it has been something of an adjustment for the forward. “Different all the way around,” Maxiell said. “First time I’ve been away from Detroit in nine years. Organization’s different, atmosphere is different, players are different, but it’s not bad at all.”
- In today’s mailbag, a reader asks ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel if LeBron and Chris Bosh are less likely to re-sign with Dwyane Wade being held out of games at age 31. Quite the opposite, Winderman says, since the Heat are showing that they have a long-term plan to help keep Wade fresh for the most critical games.
- The Magic aren’t actively shopping for trades and they are especially not making Arron Afflalo available and have turned away calls for the guard, tweets Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld. Orlando is high on Afflalo and it’s hard to see them moving him even as they look to build for the future.
- With several upcoming free agents, the Wizards should use this as an opportunity to rebuild with a more balanced roster, Kyler tweets.