James returns to action, hopes for full fitness

June 09, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

San Antonio: Miami Heat forward LeBron James returned to practice yesterday at the San Antonio Spurs’ practice facility.

James was forced out of Game One of the NBA Finals on Thursday due to cramps stemming from dehydration. San Antonio’s AT&T Center heated up during the game when the air conditioning stopped working. James will be in lineup for Game Two. The air conditioning in the arena has since been repaired.

“I’m doing well, doing a lot better,” James said. “The soreness is starting to get out. I’m feeling better than I did yesterday and with another day, I should feel much better tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz introduced new coach Quin Snyder at a press conference yesterday.

Snyder, the former Missouri coach, spent last season as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks. Snyder signed a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth year, according to reports. He replaces Tyrone Corbin, who was not offered a new contract after the season.

“For a coach to have the loyalty of the ownership group, you feel you don’t need to skip steps,” Snyder said. “It’s a process and sometimes there is pressure to accelerate that process but we want to build something that will last.”

Meawnhile, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to eliminate Derek Fisher as a candidate for their heading coaching vacancy because they want someone with previous NBA coaching experience, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers think highly of Fisher and believe he will be a good NBA coach or executive in the future but changed course in their methodical search to replace Mike D’Antoni, who stepped down at the end of the season.

Fisher has also been reported as a candidate for the New York Knicks’ job. REUTERS