The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Shannon Brown to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today.

Brown has played in 13 games (four starts) for the Cavaliers this season and has averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game.  He posted a career-high 10 points on Nov. 29 vs. New York.  Brown was selected by Cleveland with the 25th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

The Thunderbirds are the D-League Affiliate for the Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns.

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Cavaliers will host a reunion of 86-87 team

The Cavaliers will host a reunion of 86-87 team members at the March 3rd game that will include Mark Price, Craig Ehlo, John Bagley, Johnny Newman, Phil Hubbard, Mark West, Mel Turpin and Scooter McCray. Former Cavaliers public address announcer Howie Chizak will return as a special guest to introduce the players who will be honored in a special halftime ceremony that will highlight the 1987-86 season. On the court, each will receive commemorative Cavaliers Legends leather jackets that will be presented by Cavs Director of Alumni Relations Campy Russell, along with Legends Austin Carr, Bingo Smith, Larry Nance and others.

Wade to Seek 2nd Opinion on Shoulder

 Heat guard Dwyane Wade will seek a second opinion early this week before deciding whether to rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder or have season-ending surgery to repair the joint.

“The sooner the better,” Miami coach and president Pat Riley said Sunday before the Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-81, only their second win in nine games without Wade this season.

If Wade chooses the rehab option, he could return to Miami’s lineup in about six weeks, or with around 10 regular-season games remaining. He was presented with his recovery options Thursday, one day after suffering the injury in a collision with Houston’s Shane Battier, but has not announced a decision.

Riley said the team “encouraged” Wade to collect more information.

“He’s sore. He’s all strapped in,” said Riley, who spoke with Wade for about 10 minutes by telephone Saturday night. “We had a good conversation.”

That conversation, though, did not include Riley offering any opinions on which course he wants Wade to take. It was the first time Wade and Riley had spoken since the injury; Riley said he FedEx’ed Wade a letter on Thursday because he was having trouble reaching him by telephone.

“I asked him why I wasn’t in his ‘Fave 5,'” Riley said, referring to Wade’s sponsorship deal with T-Mobile. “I did, because obviously, I wasn’t getting through.”

Wade entered Sunday as the NBA’s fourth-leading scorer, averaging 28.8 points per game, and ranked seventh in the league with 7.9 assists per game.

“I know he’s disappointed,” Riley said. “He wants to play. He wants to be out here. He sees that he’s definitely going to be sidelined for a long period of time, even if he doesn’t have the surgery. … It can’t be much fun for him, not for a guy who likes to be out on the court every night.”

LeBron James, who had 29 points for Cleveland in the loss Sunday, said it was “definitely disappointing” for him not to see Wade on the other side of the floor.

“Everything happens for a reason,” James said. “I told him he has to be patient, let things happen but don’t rush it. I had a best friend in high school that had the same injury and he tried to rush it and it kept popping back out. The next thing you know, he was out longer than he was supposed to be.”

Heat center Shaquille O’Neal, who had 19 points to lead Miami to the win over the Cavaliers, said Sunday he talked to Wade in an effort to lift his spirits.

“I was just making sure he was all right, just making sure his spirits are up,” O’Neal said. “He’s down a little bit. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family.”

Wade has not met with reporters since being injured. He was not expected to travel with the Heat on Sunday night to New York, where the team will play the Knicks on Monday, but may rejoin the club before the reigning NBA champions get to meet President Bush at the White House on Tuesday.

“I do believe he wants to go to the White House,” Riley said. “I think it’s a great honor. You only get one picture like that _ or maybe more. Depends on how many times you win a title. I think he can fly. I just don’t know.”


Bush Welcomes the 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House

Bush1.jpgIt is such a joy to welcome the NBA champs, the Miami Heat, to the White House. Glad you’re here.  This is the Miami Heat’s first NBA championship. I congratulate you on a tremendous achievement, even though you beat a Texas team.  I guess the best part was when BUSH tried to bounce the ball and it fell flat on the floor.  He looked over at SHAQ with a perplexed look and everyone started to laugh.

Ohio State uniforms will carry LeBron James(LJ23) logo

Ohio State’s basketball team will wear new jerseys next week that include a logo of LeBron James and will also be issued James’ signature shoes.

The logo on the Nike jerseys reflects James’ name and his Cavaliers uniform number 23.

The Buckeyes will wear the formfitting jerseys, which give a tailored look, when they begin play in the Big Ten tournament.

Ohio State is in the first year of a seven-year, $16.3 million contract with Nike. Most of the financial benefit of the deal involves providing uniforms, shoes and other gear for athletes in the university’s 36 intercollegiate sports.

Lebron James expecting a second boy

Lebron James and longtime girlfriend Savannah BrinsonLebron James and his longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, are expecting their second child in June.

“On June 17, I think,” he said, chuckling. “Don’t ask the daddy, ask the mama.”

“There’s more responsibility,” James said. “There’s the carrying on of the name. It’s not letting my son down, or my other son. Just being respectful of my family, that is what is important to me.”

You can always spot LeBron James Jr., Cavs games, sitting with his mom and his grandmother, Gloria James, in front-row seats. Lebron will need to get another seat very soon.

Clyde Drexler to dance with the stars

Clyde Drexler will need to get his shoes ready, ballroom dancing shoes that is, as the hit show Dancing With The Stars premier March 19th.

Professional dancer Elena Grinenko, who returns for her second season, will be Drexler’s new Russian-like Olajuwon. Hopefully she knows how to glide.

Drexler is home-game commentator for the Houston Rockets, and will continue doing that during Dancing’s season.

Rockets director of broadcasting Joel Blank said Drexler will fly to Los Angeles for Monday and Tuesday shows but will rehearse largely back home.

“It shouldn’t be that bad,” Blank said. “He won’t miss as many games as people might think.”