Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Cavs treat LeBron James like any other rich rookie

The Associated Press

Like any NBA rookie, LeBron James must go through some hazing. There are bags to carry and doughnuts to buy for the Cleveland Cavaliers' veterans.

"Krispy Kremes," James said after his first practice as a pro. "Before every game."

But with more than $100 million in endorsement deals, James is no ordinary rookie, which is why his teammates joked that he should bring one of the famous doughnut franchises to them.

"They told me to build one in the locker room," he said.

James reported for his first day of work Tuesday as the Cavaliers opened training camp to prepare for a season that promises to be unlike any in their history.

They already have had one abnormal practice.

Several dozen media members were on hand at Gund Arena to watch James, the former Akron high school superstar and No. 1 overall draft pick, work out with his new team.

The throng of reporters and TV camera crews was larger than any to attend one of Cleveland's home games in recent memory.

RAPTORS: Stanley Roberts signed with Toronto, almost four years after he was kicked out of the NBA for failing a drug test. The NBA reinstated the 7-foot, 290-pound center in January, but no team signed him and he hooked up with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Roberts may join the Raptors after training camp, depending on his conditioning progress.

TIMBERWOLVES: Veteran forward Gary Trent re-signed. The Ohio University product averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 80 games for the Wolves last season.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Center Chris Dudley announced his retirement following 16 seasons in the NBA. BUCKS: Free agents Lynn Greer, Antonio Meeking and Greg Stempin signed with Milwaukee, bringing the training camp roster to 17.

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