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First-rounder needs shoulder surgey

10/4/2003

Seattle SuperSonics: Seattle rookie Nick Collison needs surgery on both shoulders and will miss the season.

"It's very disappointing. I've wanted to play in this league
since I was 8 or 9, and now I'll be out for a year," the power
forward said Saturday.

Collison was the 12th overall draft pick this year after leading
Kansas to the NCAA championship game.

He averaged 18.5 points and 10 rebounds as a senior.

The 6-foot-9 Collison dislocated his left shoulder early this
week, and later tests showed similar weakness in his right
shoulder.

Miami Heat: Heat forward Caron Butler had arthroscopic knee surgery Saturday and could be sidelined a month, a setback for a
Miami team featuring a retooled lineup.

Butler bruised his left knee during the first day of workouts
Wednesday. Tests showed no cartilage damage but revealed loose
particles.

If Butler misses a month, as coach Pat Riley estimates, he would
be out through the first three games of the regular season, which
opens for Miami on Oct. 28 in Philadelphia. Butler finished third
last season in rookie of the year balloting.

"It just sort of sets everything back," Riley said. "This is
very disappointing."

Butler averaged 15.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists last
season and is the cornerstone for a lineup that includes guards
Dwyane Wade and Eddie Jones, forward Lamar Odom and center Brian
Grant.

Butler decided to have surgery rather than deal with continued
stiffness and swelling.

"I didn't want to take a chance with it," he said. "And the
swelling wasn't going down. We tried to wait two days. It still
didn't go down."