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  • Wed Oct 7th, 2009 10:32pm
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Associated Press

Cavs permit West to leave

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Delonte West is gone again, but LeBron James is confident West will be there when it counts.

West has left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time during training camp, although this time he has the team’s blessing.

He had unexcused absences for the first four practices last week and he missed about 10 days last year during the preseason while dealing with personal issues.

West has battled bipolar disorder and could face a league suspension stemming from an arrest last month on misdemeanor gun possession charges in Maryland.

General manager Danny Ferry held him out of the team’s scrimmage on Saturday, but he was expected to play between 15 and 20 minutes in Cleveland’s exhibition game against Charlotte on Tuesday. Instead, West never left the locker room to join his teammates on the bench.

He was not at practice on Wednesday and the team confirmed this absence is excused.

Iverson has torn hamstring

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson could miss three weeks after an MRI revealed a partial tear in his left hamstring. The Grizzlies made the announcement before Wednesday night’s exhibition game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. If the timetable is correct, Iverson would miss all of preseason, and his status for the season opener at home against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 28 would be in jeopardy. Iverson, declaring himself a quick healer, said he expects to be back in time for the opener. He was hurt during the Grizzlies’ training camp in Birmingham, Ala., last week.

Heat’s Cook injures thumb

ORLANDO, Fla. — Reserve guard Daequan Cook missed the Miami Heat’s preseason game against Orlando on Wednesday night with a right thumb injury. Cook injured the thumb during the morning shootaround. He was in uniform but was not expected to play.

James has “no comment”

CLEVELAND — LeBron James, who called Edwards “childish” for allegedly punching one of the NBA superstar’s friends outside a nightclub earlier this week, didn’t take the opportunity of Edwards being traded to New York to take another swipe at the former Browns wide receiver.

“Nothing to comment on,” James said Wednesday when asked about Edwards being dealt to the Jets. “You guys never asked me before about any other trades in the NFL. It’s not my sport to worry about.”

SEC continues pursuit of Cuban

DALLAS — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday it plans to appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of the agency’s insider-trading lawsuit against Mark Cuban. The SEC filed a notice in U.S. District Court in Dallas that it plans to take its case to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The outspoken billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks was accused in a civil lawsuit of selling his shares and avoiding a $750,000 loss after receiving confidential information about the Internet search engine company Mamma.com Inc. in 2004.

Associated Press