LeBron James, frustrated by teammate Tristan Thompson's holdout, took on the role of an agent and then took on his own team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In a candid interview after practice Sunday, James said it's time to make a deal. Holdouts in the NBA are rare; James saw it play out poorly for Anderson Varejao and the Cavs in 2007 but hasn't had a holdout on his team otherwise.
"The last thing you need is a distraction when you try to make a championship run. And we have that right now," James said Sunday. "It's unfortunate for both sides that we're going through it right now as a team."
James' work as Thompson's quasi-representative actually began at around midnight, after he attended a wedding with Thompson. James posted a picture of the two stars with this message, seemingly directed at the Cavs: "Get it done!!!! Straight up. MissMyBrother." On Sunday afternoon, James twice denied that the message was directed at the Cavs despite the fact he shares an agent with Thompson in Rich Paul.
"I'm not going to go to them and tell them what they should do," James said. "That's their job, they know how to do it very well. They've did what they had to do for us to be a contending team. Obviously Tristan is a big part of that."
Kidd-Gilchrist to be out weeks
Charlotte small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated right shoulder, which likely will keep him out several weeks and for the start of the regular season. Kidd-Gilchrist was injured during a preseason game in Orlando on Saturday. He signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension over the offseason.
Rio BMX course fails test
Reviews keep coming in on Olympics venues in Rio de Janeiro, and the latest one is not good. The BMX track for next year's Rio Olympics hosted its first test event on Sunday but received a poor grade from riders.
The two-day test event was reduced to one day after some of the world's top riders declined to race on Saturday, citing dangerous jumps and curves.
Rio organizers tried to modify the track for Sunday, but both men and women wound up using the women's circuit as the men's course was deemed too risky.
AROUND THE HORN
Auto racing: NASCAR driver Austin Theriault suffered a compression fracture of his lower back in a head-on crash into a wall in a Truck Series race Saturday in Las Vegas. He was released from a hospital.
Soccer: Brendan Rodgers was fired as Liverpool manager, paying the price for the club's 18-month slump. Liverpool is in 10th place in the Premier League after winning three of its first eight games. … Also Sunday, Dick Advocaat resigned as manager of struggling Sunderland, winless after eight league games.
NHL: Forward Tomas Fleischmann and the Montreal Canadiens agreed to a one-year contract reportedly worth $750,000. Fleischmann, 31, played 66 games with the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15, scoring eight times and adding 19 assists.
Mixed martial arts: Daniel Cormier outpointed Alexander Gustafsson in a split decision late Saturday night at UFC 192 in Houston to retain the light heavyweight championship. Two judges gave the fight to Cormier (17-1) with 49-46 and 48-47 scores, and the third had it 48-47 for Gustafsson (16-4).