Bad disc grounds Baron; Mercer has knee surgery


New Orleans Hornets: The injuries continue to pile up for the winless Hornets.

Two-time All-Star guard Baron Davis is expected to miss seven to 14 days after medical tests taken over the weekend revealed an inflamed disc in his lower back.

The Hornets, who are in their first season in the rugged Western Conference, placed reserve forward Rodney Rogers on the injured list with a sprained knee Saturday. They will also be without
forward Jamal Mashburn for the entire season.

Davis, who injured his back Friday against the Atlanta Hawks,
did not accompany the team for a matchup in Milwaukee on
Saturday. Without their top playmaker, the Hornets dropped
another tight contest, 94-91, to fall to 0-6 on the season. Half
of the losses were decided by three points or less.

After missing 47 games due to injury over the last two seasons,
Davis began his sixth season with 24.6 points and 8.0 assists in
five games.

New Jersey Nets: Guard Ron Mercer underwent surgery on his left knee.

In a procedure performed by Dr. Michael Kelly at Lennox Hill
Hospital in Manhattan, Mercer had multiple loose bodies removed
from the knee. He is expected to be sidelined up to eight

Signed to a two-year, $3.3 million deal in the offseason, Mercer
averaged 9.3 points in his first three games before
experiencing knee trouble.

In New Jersey, the 6-foot-7 Mercer was expected to fill the roster
spot vacated by guard Kerry Kittles, who was traded to the Clippers.

The Nets put Mercer on the injures list Saturday.