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James casts eye to London Olympics

MIAMI — LeBron James has made another decision: He wants to be an Olympian again.

The Heat forward said Thursday that he would "love to be a part" of the 2012 U.S. men's basketball team at the London Olympics and help defend the gold medal the Americans won in the Beijing Games. And if U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski wants him back, James says he's just a phone call away.

"Coach K has my number. I have his number," James said. "If he needs me, I'm there."

The Americans clinched a spot in the 2012 field by winning the world championship this summer, with that team led by Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, a pal of James. Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant of the Lakers said earlier this week that he'd also like to play in 2012.

"You guys want me there, I am there and I'm ready to defend," Bryant said Tuesday on a satellite radio show. "And then when you guys need me to put some points on the board, I'll do that, too."

Heat teammates Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were also part of the "Redeem Team" in Beijing, but Wade has said at least twice in the past few days that he has no timetable for deciding.

Game highlights: Former FSU star Toney Douglas scored a career-high 30 and the Knicks made 16 of 24 3-point attempts in a 120-112 victory over the host Bulls. Douglas was 5 of 9 on his 3-point shots.

Around the league: Blazers center Fabricio Oberto, 35, retired because of a previously diagnosed cardiac condition that caused heart palpitations. Oberto, in his sixth year in the NBA, experienced dizziness Tuesday against Milwaukee. The Blazers also announced that rookie guard Elliot Williams will have surgery to repair a dislocated right patella. He will likely miss the rest of the season. … Hawks forward Marvin Williams has a bone bruise on his right knee and will likely miss one game.

Knicks 120, Bulls 112

NEW YORK (120): Gallinari 7-11 6-6 24, Stoudemire 5-21 4-5 14, Mozgov 0-0 1-2 1, Felton 7-11 2-2 20, Fields 2-2 1-2 6, Chandler 4-11 1-2 10, Douglas 9-14 7-7 30, Walker 2-2 1-2 6, Turiaf 4-8 1-1 9, Randolph 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-80 24-29 120.

CHICAGO (112): Deng 5-13 4-5 17, Gibson 6-10 6-8 18, Noah 5-8 2-2 12, Rose 9-17 4-6 24, Bogans 2-4 0-2 4, Johnson 1-5 0-0 2, Asik 3-3 1-2 7, Scalabrine 1-1 0-0 2, Watson 1-7 2-2 4, Korver 7-10 0-0 18, Brewer 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 42-81 19-27 112.

New York 34 36 23 27— 120

Chicago 30 22 31 29— 112

3-Point GoalsNew York 16-24 (Douglas 5-9, Gallinari 4-4, Felton 4-6, Fields 1-1, Walker 1-1, Chandler 1-3), Chicago 9-19 (Korver 4-6, Deng 3-4, Rose 2-4, Watson 0-1, Johnson 0-2, Bogans 0-2). Fouled OutStoudemire. ReboundsNew York 44 (Stoudemire 8), Chicago 48 (Noah 13). AssistsNew York 27 (Felton 10), Chicago 27 (Rose 14). Total FoulsNew York 25, Chicago 21. TechnicalsNew York defensive three second 2. A21,203.

James casts eye to London Olympics 11/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 12:36am]
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