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Jeffries suffers broken wrist, might miss start of season

Jared Jeffries, expected to be the New York Knicks' starting small forward, is in jeopardy of missing the beginning of the regular season because of a broken left wris

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Nets' House has knee surgery; no timetable for return

Nets guard Eddie House had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, and the team said there is no timetable for his return.

Doctors removed torn cartilage from his left knee at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Rehab will begin immediately.

House, a six-year veteran, signed as a free agent Aug. 17. He averaged a career-high 9.8 points for Phoenix last season.

He has averaged 7.3 points in 378 career games.

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Foye turning Wolves' heads; Jackson booed in Indy

Randy Foye is looking more like a professional with each preseason game.

The rookie guard from Villanova scored 13 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Indiana Pacers 103-87 on Monday night.

Foye had scored just 10 points combined in the Timberwolves' first two games. Against the Pacers, he shot 3-for-5 from the field and made all seven free throws.

"Randy is a heady point guard," Minnesota coach Dwane Casey said. "He can get to the paint off the dribble, which is one of the reasons why we drafted him. He's crafty with the basketball. He just needs seasoning and he's going to get there. He's going to be a special little player if he just keeps working on his game."

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Ailing regulars force Rivers to alter plans

Doc Rivers is fairly certain how his roster will look by the end of the month, but he decided to put off making cuts yesterday when he learned four of his Celtics wouldn’t be able to play against the Knicks tonight in New York.
“Too many injuries today, and I want to see some guys,” the coach said.
Delonte West (toe infection), Brian Scalabrine (left shoulder) and Theo Ratliff (lower back) didn’t even make the trip yesterday, while Paul Pierce (left hip strain) went along for the ride but won’t play

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It's Fast Times At Thomas High

Logic leads us to deduce, of course, that giving it up doesn't necessarily compute into fewer shots attempted; the only stat on the sheet that counts, preached Danny Ainge (be sure to take a bow if you're in attendance tonight for Boston's Garden visit) when he was hoisting 'em up with the best of them.

Allow me to take a wild stab. In a couple of weeks, when the league begins to count assists and scoring, and Marbury's career averages (8.1 and 20.2) aren't measuring up to standard, the Knicks had best be winning regularly. If not, I suspect that's when he'll stop pretending to be a team player.

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Trial date for Allen unresolved

The wait continues for Tony Allen. The Celtics guard was not at practice yesterday because he was appearing in a Chicago court for a status hearing on his aggravated battery case. There was hope that a trial date would be set, but that didn't happen and Allen now faces another five weeks of uncertainty over his legal situation.

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D-Fenders will have Lakers flavor

Dan Panaggio can remember the first time he saw the triangle offense, back when he was coaching Quad City in the Continental Basketball Association and watching the Chicago Bulls teams of the 1990s on television.

Now Panaggio has a seat next to Tex Winter for every exhibition game and the job of teaching the triangle to a new generation of players as head coach of the D-Fenders, the Lakers' new minor-league affiliate.

The Lakers are the first team to own and operate their own affiliate in the NBA Development League. The D-Fenders will play home games at Staples Center on the same days as the Lakers and will practice at the team's El Segundo facility.

They also will run the offense that Phil Jackson helped make famous and Panaggio went on to run with two of his Quad City teams.

"I think it's especially important for the Lakers," Panaggio said, "because they have a complex system they play that's different from the norm. Hopefully, we can provide a pool of guys that are familiar with that system so that, if they do need a player, they have one that's semi-trained."

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Roster Decisions Close

The Lakers have some bookkeeping to take care of in the next two weeks, decisions to make on contract extensions and options that will occupy General Manager Mitch Kupchak and the coaching staff until the season opener.

The team must decide by Oct. 31 whether to bring back Sasha Vujacic and Andrew Bynum next season, the former being a reasonably weighty question and the latter a no-brainer.

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McInnis agent tears down Nets

While the Nets are practicing, Jeff McInnis is sitting. And his representative is seething.

Steve Kauffman, McInnis' agent, ripped the Nets in general and Lawrence Frank in particular yesterday for the impasse his client faces. Frustrated by the stalemate - McInnis is on the Nets' roster but not with the team after a tumultuous 2005-06 season - Kauffman even said litigation is possible.

"His stubborn nature is going to haunt him," Kauffman said of Frank. "He's one of the most stubborn coaches I've ever heard of."

Kauffman accused Frank of bad-mouthing McInnis around the league, saying he had "damaged Jeff's reputation beyond repair" and torpedoed his trade value.

A trade may be the only way McInnis gets to play this season, since the two sides haven't agreed on a buyout and the Nets don't intend to release McInnis or bring him back to East Rutherford. McInnis remains under contract with the Nets; he's in the second year of a two-year, $7 million deal.

Advised of Kauffman's comments, Frank took the high road.

"We've never said anything negative about Jeff to any coach in the NBA," he said. "If he wants to blame me for Jeff's tenure here, I'll take full responsibility for it. More than likely, he'll be an effective player in another system."




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Jamison Wants More Than Good Numbers

Antawn Jamison's storybook first season with the Washington Wizards is encapsulated in a picture that hangs in the locker room at Verizon Center: Jamison is smiling and hugging team owner Abe Pollin on the night the Wizards clinched a playoff berth in 2005 -- an image that is hauntingly reminiscent of the bear hug Wes Unseld gave Pollin after the Bullets won the championship in 1978.

But here is an easily overlooked fact about Jamison's two years in Washington: He had his best statistical season as a Wizard last season.

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Clippers make offer to Kaman

Chris Kaman made it clear Monday that he wants to remain a Clipper.

Kaman also said various statements that make the Clippers' contract-extension offer, believed to be a five-year, $50 million deal, look only like a starting point for negotiations between his agent and the team.

"I don't know what I'm worth," Kaman said. "I know what guys have gotten, most recently with Samuel Dalembert and Tyson Chandler, and I know what they did in the years that they got paid. I think my numbers are probably a little bit better in some areas. I shoot the ball well. I shoot free throws well. I rebound the basketball. I play defense. I run the floor. I work hard. I play hard and am also able to score the basketball."

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Doleac may not be available for Heat season opene

Heat center Michael Doleac, who strained his right ankle in the first half of Saturday's 91-81 exhibition loss at Atlanta, will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks, putting his availability for the Oct. 31 season opener against Chicago in doubt.

"I kept running on it and it kept hurting worse and hurting worse, and it kept throbbing," Doleac said Monday of his attempt to play through the pain. "I thought I'd just tie my braces up tighter and go back in."

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Tough break for new Knick

Jared Jeffries could be sidelined for as long as six to eight weeks after the Knicks announced that the veteran forward had suffered a nondisplaced left wrist fracture in Friday's preseason opener against the Nets.

The Knicks' medical staff informed the 6-11 Jeffries that the injury to his nonshooting hand will not require surgery. Jeffries was scheduled to visit a hand specialist last night in New York and the team remains optimistic he will return within four weeks.

"I always heal quickly," Jeffries said following yesterday's practice in Greenburgh. "It's just a minor bump in the road."

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