Reports continued to circulate Wednesday on the Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies opening the season on Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. on ESPN, but league, team and television officials refused to give confirmation when contacted.
The NBA has confirmed Christmas Day openers featuring the Celtics at the Knicks, the Heat at the Mavericks and the Bulls at the Lakers, which were part of the original 2011-12 schedule than has been reduced from 82 games to 66.
The New York Times reported two more opening-day games would be added, one of which was believed to be the Thunder against the Grizzlies, site unknown.
JAMES EDGES DURANT, 70-63
The flag football team of Miami's LeBron James scored the winning touchdown with 30 seconds remaining Wednesday night to post a 70-63 victory over the team belonging to the Thunder's Kevin Durant.
James sealed the victory on an interception with 13.1 seconds left.
Durant had a 108-yard interception return in the fourth quarter to pull Team KD to within 63-56. Durant's team tied the score at 63 with a little more than one minute remaining, but James' team quickly drove the length of the field for the winning score.
The game was played at the University of Akron's indoor practice facility in James' hometown and was shown live on ustream.tv. It drew more than 73,000 total views, fluctuating between 4,000-6,000 current views.
There were no injuries.
“We just made a couple of more plays down the stretch to win this game,” James said afterward.
James promised a rematch next offseason in a town of Durant's choosing, either Oklahoma City or his birthplace of Washington, D.C.
CARLESIMO TO JOIN NETS
Former Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo is expected to sign on as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets along with Mario Elie. Though neither hiring was confirmed, Elie was spotted walking past the press room wearing Nets practice gear.
CHANDLER ON THE MOVE?
Free agent center Tyson Chandler, a key player in the Dallas Mavericks winning their first ever world championship last season, told ESPN.com he doesn't expect to return to the Mavs this season.
“I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp,” Chandler said in a telephone interview Wednesday night. “I'm really taking a hard look at all of my options, trying to see what best suits me.”
Chandler admitted he is disappointed by the club's decision not to offer him a contract extension after he was widely credited — most notably by Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki — for changing the team's defensive culture after three first-round exits in the previous four seasons.