NBA News and Rumors – September 11, 2009

Deadline is today on offer to Sessions

LeBron a Knick? Mom says no

Doctor gives Amaré’s recovery rave reviews
Deadline is today on offer to Sessions

Ramon Sessions could be headed to the Timberwolves today, if the Milwaukee Bucks do not match a four-year, $16.4 million offer sheet to the restricted free-agent guard.

The Bucks are facing a deadline today on the 23-year-old Sessions, a two-year pro who played in 79 games and led the team in assists last season.

Barring a last-minute deal to clear some salary space, the Bucks are not in position to sign Sessions and remain below the league’s luxury tax level of $69.92 million.

"We want to keep our options open until the last possible minute," Bucks General Manager John Hammond said Thursday. He indicated he was continuing talks with other teams about potential trades.

The Wolves were thin in the backcourt after trading Randy Foye, Mike Miller and Sebastian Telfair earlier in the off-season and failing to reach an agreement with No. 5 overall draft pick Ricky Rubio.

LeBron a Knick? Mom says no

Knick fans who are counting on LeBron James to join the hapless team after his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers expires next year had better have a Plan B.

The hoops star’s mother, Gloria, told Page Six it’s not happening. "He’s a hometown boy," she said. LeBron grew up in Akron, Ohio, but his home now is Cleveland.

The Jameses were at the Monkey Bar for the book party Graydon Carter threw for "Shooting Stars" (Penguin Press), the story of LeBron’s team at St. Vincent-St. Mary HS and their coach, Dru Joyce II.

The book by James and Buzz Bissinger, excerpted in Vanity Fair, is subtitled, "A Poignant, Thrilling Tale of the Power of Teamwork to Transform Young Lives and Make Dreams Come True."

Amid the likes of Ronald Perelman, Harvey Weinstein, Ron HSWoward, Vivi Nevo and Fran Lebowitz, one Knick fan told James how painful it’s been waiting for his much-hoped-for, Messiah-like arrival.

Waving an arm around the softly lit dining room and its elegant crowd, the fan, sounding like a local Chamber of Commerce, remarked, "You don’t have anything like this in Cleveland." LeBron just smiled, but his mother later set us straight.

Doctor gives Amaré’s recovery rave reviews

The Suns’ Amaré Stoudemire spent Thursday at ESPN, where he did interviews and is filming a commercial with mixed martial arts fighter Kimbo Slice.

If Boris Diaw and Al Thornton pokes could damage his eye, Stoudemire ought to don his eyewear around Slice too. But Stoudemire’s recovery from a detached retina gets a rave review from his surgeon, Dr. Pravin Dugel.

"This injury is more serious than any he’s had before," Dugel said. "This was more career-threatening. We came very close to having a lot of difficulty. With a traumatic detachment like he had and a lot of tears and scars in a person this young, the risk of losing vision is very high."

Dugel said Stoudemire has 20/20 vision with contact lenses and no restrictions on his activity, other than to always use eyewear on the court.

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