Agent says injury is not serious

Updated: January 19, 2004, 5:08 PM ET
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Dennis Rodman removed himself from his second game for the Long Beach Jam of the American Basketball Association over concern of a possible strained calf.

"It's not even an injury," Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, said Monday. "He just feels like he's straining his calf a little bit. He knows his body better than anybody."

Rodman, a seven-time NBA rebounding champion who is trying to make a comeback, had eight rebounds in a little less than 19 minutes before leaving Sunday night's game in the third quarter.

The Jam beat the Jersey Squires 149-108 before an announced crowd of 1,781 at the Long Beach Pyramid.

In the first game with the Jam, the 42-year-old Rodman had 14 rebounds in 28 minutes Friday night before a capacity crowd of 4,373.

Prince said Rodman wouldn't play in games at Las Vegas on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

"Hopefully he'll be in uniform next Sunday," Prince said, adding Rodman hoped to be playing in the NBA by the middle of next month.

Long Beach faces the Kansas City Knights on Sunday at the Pyramid.

Rodman last played in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during the 1999-2000 season before being waived.

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