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Back in Cleveland, LeBron mum on future

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POSTED November 27, 2013 11:48 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Unlike the last time he was a free agent, LeBron James won’t discuss his future.

He learned that lesson the hard way.

“Experience is the best teacher in life,” said.

Home for the holiday and to play a game against his former team — and in front of fans he spurned — James spent 10 minutes outside Miami’s locker room on Wednesday night discussing his past. He talked about a possible cooling with Cleveland fans, hosting Thanksgiving dinner for his Heat teammates at his nearby mansion, his ever-expanding game and his desire to win another NBA title.

He was an open book. Except about his future.

After seven seasons with Cleveland, James left the Cavaliers three years ago. And with the possibility of the four-time MVP opting out of his contract and hitting the free-agent market again next summer, there is already speculation about where he’ll play next.

What about in Cleveland — again?

“You guys know I’m not talking about free agency right now,” he told a wall-to-wall media throng jamming a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena before the Cavs hosted the Heat. “My only concern is to hopefully win a third straight championship, that’s my mind frame right now.”

Lucky shot could cost Kan. college hoopster: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City Thunder fan who hit a half-court shot for $20,000 may not be able to keep both the money and his eligibility to compete in college sports.

Cameron Rodriguez, a sophomore forward for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders basketball team, sank the promotional shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder’s home game against the Denver Nuggets. The 23-year-old is from Elk City, Okla.

Southwestern athletic director Dave Denly says the college’s governing body for athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, informed Rodriguez that if he kept the money he would lose his amateur status. The Winfield, Kan.-based school has appealed, asking if the money can be accepted in the form of a scholarship.

An NAIA spokesman says a ruling on the appeal could take two weeks.

Latest injury to Rose could be blow to Adidas, too: CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is out for the season with another knee injury, a familiar and painful spot.

The folks at Adidas might be wincing, too.

The sports apparel giant might have to find a backup plan after centering its NBA marketing campaign on Rose. Industry experts say Adidas might have no choice with the bulk of the season still to come.

Rose injured his right knee last week. He missed all of last season following surgery on his left knee.

Adidas launched “The Return” campaign documenting Rose’s recovery last year from the earlier injury.

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