James sits out against Canada, Wade starts instead

LAS VEGAS -- LeBron James did not play for the United States in its exhibition game against Canada on Friday night because of a mildly sprained right ankle.

James was hurt during a scrimmage on Tuesday. Though his ankle is feeling better, the U.S. staff preferred to rest him to avoid further swelling before the long plane flight to China this weekend.

Dwyane Wade started in James' place. Wade was playing for the first time since March 8, before the Miami Heat shut him down for the season so he could further rehabilitate his surgically repaired left knee.