Spurs’ Parker out for six weeksSpurs guard Tony Parker will miss about six weeks with a broken right hand. The team said Monday that Parker won’t need surgery, meaning he may be able to return later this season. Tests show he fractured the fourth metacarpal in his shooting hand Saturday during a victory at Memphis. Parker was averaging 16.5 points per game, but has been hobbled all season by a slew of injuries. Now the Spurs will be without their second-leading scorer until at least the playoffs.
Alston misses practice againThe Miami Heat practiced again Monday without suspended point guard Rafer Alston, whose tenure with the club appears to be over. Alston’s suspension was announced late Saturday night after Miami beat Atlanta. After leaving the arena Thursday when the Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers, a game in which Alston did not play, his lone communication with the team has been by text message. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it’s "unfortunate that it came to this.” Alston has not returned requests for comment.
Karl to miss gameNuggets coach George Karl will miss Wednesday night’s game at Minnesota as he undergoes another round of cancer treatment. Karl, who has neck and throat cancer, was scheduled for a surgical procedure Monday to have a feeding tube inserted into his stomach. He will also go through another chemotherapy session today. Karl was diagnosed last month with cancer and is undergoing a rigorous six-week treatment program of radiation and chemotherapy. He hopes to be back on the sideline Friday night when the Nuggets travel to New Orleans.
McGrady sits outTracy McGrady sat out the Knicks’ game against Atlanta because of soreness. McGrady had played all nine games since New York acquired him from Houston at last month’s trade deadline, but decided to rest Monday night in the Knicks’ third game in four nights. McGrady is still trying to get in shape after playing only limited minutes in six games in December after returning from microfracture knee surgery in February 2009. Coach Mike D’Antoni said McGrady will tell him when he’s ready to return, likely Wednesday at San Antonio.
Jefferson backAl Jefferson returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves after serving a two-game suspension for a DWI arrest. He was arrested early Feb. 28 on suspicion of drunken driving and later apologized. Jefferson said Monday that these "have been the longest seven days of my life.” The Timberwolves lost both games without their leading scorer — at Dallas and home against Houston last week.
Thabeet recalledThe Memphis Grizzlies recalled rookie center Hasheem Thabeet from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League after less than two weeks in the minors. The 7-foot-3 Thabeet was sent to the D-league on Feb. 25. He averaged 13.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.17 blocks in six games with Dakota.
Garcia declares for draftCharles Garcia is wasting no time. The Seattle University forward is declaring for the NBA Draft effective the end of the Redhawks’ season. The 6-foot-10 forward with skills to play on the perimeter made the announcement on Monday. The Redhawks concluded their regular season Saturday with a 74-64 win over Utah Valley and have a slight chance of playing in one of the smaller postseason tournaments. Garcia averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as the Redhawks finished the regular season 17-14. But he caught the attention of NBA scouts early by putting up huge numbers in the first half of the season before tapering off after the new year. From wire reports
Spurs’ Parker out for six weeks