Bill Russell collapses while giving speech
Celtics officials said NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.
Seattle Times news services
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Celtics officials said NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.
A team spokesman said Russell, 80, felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village, Nev., but was planning on returning home to Seattle that evening.
Witness Michael Rooney told The Associated Press that Russell was telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain to a roomful of Konica Minolta employees when he started to sway at the podium and then fell backward.
Rooney said Russell seemed to be conscious as hotel personnel and first responders came to his aid.
Russell, a five-time NBA MVP, won 11 championships in 13 years as a center with the Celtics. He coached the Sonics for four seasons in the 1970s.
Lakers add Boozer
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers won a bid for former Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.
Boozer, 32, was waived by the Bulls via the amnesty provision. It was unclear what the Lakers paid for him in a blind bid submitted to the NBA office, but it will help offset the $16.8 million the Bulls owed him.
Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds last season for Chicago. He lost playing time to up-and-coming power forward Taj Gibson late in the season.
The Lakers did not have much salary-cap space and presumably offered about $3 million for Boozer.
Terry still thinking Mavericks
LAS VEGAS — Jason Terry is still a Sacramento King, even as he longs to return to the franchise with which he had his greatest success.
The former Franklin High School standout told ESPN radio he would like to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks.
“I won’t rule out returning back to Dallas,” Terry said. “It’s my home and my heart. I bleed blue. I’m a Maverick.”
Terry, 36, played for Dallas from 2004 to 2012, winning NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and an NBA championship in 2011.
Terry is due $5.45 million for the coming season. The Kings said barring a trade, they expect him to be with Sacramento in the fall.
• The Cleveland Cavaliers have relented and are considering trading No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, several media outlets reported.
• Dallas re-signed guard Devin Harris ($16.5 million, four years).
• The Washington Wizards signed veteran forward Paul Pierce ($10 million, two years).
• The Los Angeles Clippers re-signed power forward Glen Davis to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.2 million.