PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers worked out Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins and Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors on Friday, getting a look at two top big men a day after the team traded starting center Samuel Dalembert.
But Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski said the trade that sent Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings will not affect the team's plans in the June 24 draft. The team's pre-draft workouts have been scheduled for weeks.
"I think we're where we were before — the same draft options we had," Stefanski said. "We're very fortunate to be drafting No. 2. I don't think (the trade) changes it a lot."
Favors spent one season at Georgia Tech, averaging 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. In his only year at Kentucky, Cousins averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds.
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Stefanski wouldn't say if trading down in the draft was a "tweak" he was considering, but both Favors and Cousins believe they are in play to be the Sixers' selection at No. 2.
Cousins also said he thinks he could be a good fit for Philadelphia.
"They need a big man," Cousins said. "When I saw (the Dalembert) trade, that really opened my eyes."
Violence erupts in L.A.
LOS ANGELES — A jubilant celebration over the Los Angeles Lakers' dramatic win in the NBA championship game turned rowdy in scattered sections of the city, with raucous revelers hurling rocks and bottles at police, setting fires and jumping on vehicles.
Police spokesman Cleon Joseph said Friday 38 people had been arrested, most for public intoxication and others for vandalism and inciting a riot.
Television news footage showed one man being beaten and a car set on fire. Broken glass and burnt debris lined the streets.
Several people were seen jumping on a taxi as it attempted to leave the area near the arena after the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 83-79.
Despite a massive deployment of police, pockets of violence erupted in neighborhoods near the arena, and there were reports of windows being broken at businesses.
Jazmine Rodriguez, 24, lives in an apartment building not far from Staples Center. She said every car on her street had its windows smashed.
Lakers will pay for parade
LOS ANGELES — The Lakers planned to celebrate their NBA championship more modestly than their recent titles, with a self-funded parade that avoids the city's downtown core and omits the huge rallies that have drawn tens of thousands of fans in previous years.
Both team and city officials were quick to say the Lakers would pick up the tab for the scaled-down celebration — estimated at $1.5 million by city managers and $2 million by the Lakers — after last year's parade and the subsequent Michael Jackson memorial brought complaints of needless spending by the fiscally ailing city.
"I want to applaud the L.A. Lakers for their good corporate citizenship for sponsoring the parade," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told a news conference Friday. "It will be a great cause for celebration."
Between 500,000 and 2 million people are expected to line the 2-mile-long parade route extending from the Staples Center to the edge of the University of Southern California campus, the Lakers said in a statement.
Rating highest since '98
NEW YORK — Game 7 drew the highest preliminary rating for an NBA Finals game since 1998.
The Lakers' 83-79 win Thursday night on ABC earned an 18.2 overnight rating. That's the highest for an NBA game since Michael Jordan won his last championship with the Bulls in Game 6 of the 1998 finals against the Jazz, which posted a 22.9.
Iverson wants to play
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson is working on a comeback.
Gary Moore, Iverson's personal manager, said that Iverson is planning a return to the NBA next season. Iverson returned to the Philadelphia 76ers in December and took a leave of absence in March because of family issues.
"Allen is working out and he's getting himself prepared to make his return," Moore said by phone Friday. "He absolutely will try and play next year."
Heat to keep Chalmers
MIAMI — The Miami Heat exercised the team option for the final year of guard Mario Chalmers' contract on Friday, making him only the third player the club has locked in for the coming season.
Chalmers is due to make just over $850,000 in his third season.
Michael Beasley and Daequan Cook are the other players the Heat are assured to have under contract after June 30.