NBA Notebook

Shaq Will Table Debut in Phoenix

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Shaquille O'Neal doesn't expect to make his debut for the Suns until after the all-star break.

After working out for a third straight day with his new team before last night's road game against Golden State, O'Neal said he wanted to make sure his injured hip was completely healed and that he knew enough of the offense before playing his first game with the Suns.

King James Gets a Deal: The Cavaliers' LeBron James has signed a sponsorship agreement with State Farm Insurance, which is hoping the all-star forward can help it attract young adult policyholders.

Terms were not disclosed.

James has been a State Farm customer since 2004. The partnership comes two weeks after James was ordered to pay $259 in fines and court costs for driving 101 mph on his 23rd birthday in December.

WALLACE OUT: Bulls C Ben Wallace will miss today's game against the Heat because of a death in his family. The four-time defensive player of the year is averaging just 5.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in the second season of a four-year, $60 million contract.

CHILDRESS AILING: Hawks G Josh Childress was sent home to undergo an MRI exam on his injured right knee. Childress suffered what a team official called a mild hyperextended knee in Tuesday's loss to Detroit. He's averaging 12.2 points per game, fourth-best on the team.

MIHM SIDELINED: Lakers C Chris Mihm underwent surgery to remove a screw from his right heel.

His recovery time is expected to be about six weeks, the team said.

Mihm has been sidelined with right ankle problems for several weeks. He's averaged 4.1 points in 19 games.

Coach Phil Jackson said it's possible Mihm will be ready for the playoffs.

-- From News Services

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