CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- �� When Nic Batum woke up in France the morning of June 21, he was stunned to find his phone inundated with voice and text messages from various members of the Hornets organization on the other side of the world. The Hornets had made a trade, but it didn't involve Batum.
This is what the Miami Heat said they wanted, a second chance with largely the same cast to show that the brilliant-yet-futile finish to last season was no mirage. With largely the same cast as last season, the Heat gathered Monday for media day and the prelude to Tuesday's beginning of training
As one key player after another departed the Atlanta Hawks over the summer, Dennis Schroeder was caught off guard. Just three seasons ago, the Hawks won a franchise-record 60 games, claimed the top seed in the East and reached the conference final. ''They say we're going to be the worst