LeBron returning home Nov. 21
NEW YORK — LeBron James will make his one and only visit to Cleveland on Nov. 21 when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Cavaliers in the four-time MVP's home state.
The NBA released its complete regular season schedule Friday, two days after announcing the league's national TV schedule .
The regular season tips off Oct. 16 with Philadelphia visiting Boston and Oklahoma City at Golden State. The season concludes April 10.
Defending champion Golden State will play Houston for the first time since their Western Conference final went seven games on Nov. 15, while Toronto visits San Antonio on Jan. 3 in the first game between the teams since their big deal swapping DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard.
DURHAM, N.C. — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn't believe the NCAA went far enough with its reforms when it comes to how the changes were coordinated.
Speaking two days after the governing body announced numerous changes following a high-profile corruption scandal in college basketball, Krzyzewski on Friday said he approves the intent behind the changes but added that "they don't have a plan of execution."
"I think the single biggest thing that I would have done different is coordination," he said. "I don't think it's coordinated. ...And I think before you put something that big out, how are we going to execute it?"
Wake assistant on leave
NEW YORK — Wake Forest University has placed an assistant basketball coach on leave after police said he punched a New York City tourist who later died.
Athletic director Ron Wellman said in a statement Friday that he spoke with assistant Jamill Jones and the coach agreed that the decision was appropriate under the circumstances.
Meanwhile, the parents of the Florida man who died say they don't accept the coach's condolences. Bob and Donna Kent told NBC's "Today" show that Jones should have tried to save their son Sandor Szabo's life after punching him early Sunday.
"If you're this good father, son, husband, why not try to take him to the hospital and see if you could save his life?" Bob Kent said.
Police say Szabo banged on Jones' SUV window, apparently thinking the vehicle was his Uber ride.
A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly knocking on car windows before Jones allegedly confronted him. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to speak publicly.
Police say Jones got out, punched Szabo and sped off. Szabo fell and hit his head. He never regained consciousness and was taken off life support Tuesday.
Former Florida AD quiet
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Former Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is declining to say what, if anything, coach Urban Meyer told him about Zach Smith's domestic violence arrest in 2009.
Meyer was placed on paid leave last week by Ohio State amid questions about what he knew and did about accusations of abuse made against Smith. The former Buckeyes assistant coach was fired July 24 after his ex-wife sought a restraining order against him. The couple divorced in 2016.
The Associated Press asked the Gators to provide details regarding how Meyer and his bosses handled Smith's arrest nearly a decade ago, but Foley declined comment Friday through a university spokesman. Foley is currently Florida's emeritus AD.
Meyer released a statement last week saying he has "always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels." It raised questions about what Florida officials, specifically Foley, knew and how they reacted to Smith's arrest on June 21, 2009.