NBA players return, month after scheduled opener

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In the meantime, the status of the current free agents must be solved. Chandler is one of the biggest, and though he provided the Mavericks the interior defense they needed to finally win a title, they may not spend the money necessary to bring him back.

“You can’t see my fingers or toes, but they are crossed hoping that Tyson’s coming back,” guard Jason Terry said. “He was a big part of what we accomplished here. We’ve laid a foundation. To take a step backward would be terrible. I’m not saying that we wouldn’t have a chance to win this year if Tyson doesn’t come back, but it definitely puts things up against us.”

Chris Bosh, looking more muscular, arrived at Miami’s facility, where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade aren’t expected until next week. The Heat also were without Mike Miller, who has battled injuries since signing there last summer. He will miss about eight weeks while recovering from hernia surgery this week.

There was no guarantee Miller would return anyway, given the considerable speculation the Heat would waive him via the amnesty clause that will be in the new CBA.

“I know Mike. He’s a strong guy, he’s going to stay positive and he’s going to get back as soon as he can,” said Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who went to the University of Florida with Miller and considers him one of his very closest friends. “The key with Mike is, we’ve got to fight him not to get back too fast. He’s going to want to be out there. He’s going to want to play. He’s got to just pace himself and get healthy.”

Otherwise, the news around the league was positive. Golden State GM Larry Riley was greeted with a warm welcome from a security guard upon his arrival at Oracle Arena.

“That guy greeted me with a huge smile and just happy to be back,” Riley said. “I think that’s the opinion, that’s the feeling that we’re going to see out of a lot of people. Now he’s a happy guy anyway. But he was overly happy today.”


AP Sports Writers Jaime Aron in Dallas, Brett Martel in New Orleans, Chris Jenkins in Milwaukee, Tim Reynolds in Miami, and Antonio Gonzalez in Oakland, Calif., contributed to this report.


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