Sore foot sidelines Grizzlies' J-Will

Originally Published: December 4, 2004
Associated Press

New York Knicks: Guard Penny Hardaway missed Saturday's game at Charlotte and could be out for an extended period with a strained right hamstring.

The Knicks lost 107-101 at Madison Square Garden.

Hardaway, who said he was first injured in the preseason, will undergo an MRI after the team travels to Memphis to prepare for Tuesday's game with the Grizzlies.

"After I sat out the Boston game [Nov. 6], I told myself I will have to play with pain," Hardaway said. "But then it went from one part to three different parts of my leg. I kept playing through it, but now it's got to the point where in games it takes me so long to get warmed up I feel like I'm hurting the team by being out there."

Hardaway, who is averaging 6.6 points and 2.1 assists per game, did not rule out going on the injured list.

"I have to get this thing well," Hardaway said. "I don't want to be sitting out one game and coming back for two. I need to bring more off the bench than what I am now. It's just not going away."

The Knicks are hoping to get guard Allan Houston back at some point during their current four-game road trip. Houston has not played this season as he recovers from a knee injury.

Memphis Grizzlies: Point guard Jason Williams did not play against the Orlando Magic on Saturday night because of a sore right foot.

Williams is averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 assists. He had a season-high 12 assists against Philadelphia on Friday night.

Williams missed a game earlier this week with a sprained right index finger.

Earl Watson started in Williams' absence. Watson is averaging 7.9 points and 4.8 assists.

Charlotte Bobcats: Reserve guard Eddie House was waived on Saturday, hours after he missed a victory over New York due to what coach Bernie Bickerstaff called an excused absence.

In his pre-game media availability, Bickerstaff announced House would not play. The team did not announce his release until nearly two hours after the game, with Bickerstaff and the team scheduled to fly to Los Angeles after the game to begin a West Coast road trip.

House started five games and averaged 11.1 points in 23 minutes. He also had 25 steals while playing in a rotation at the off-guard spot that included Steve Smith, Jason Kapono and Keith Bogans.

"Eddie handled himself as a professional since he joined our organization and we know we will see him on an NBA roster very soon," Bickerstaff said in a statement. "We had a situation here with a lot of players at one position and this was a difficult decision."

House was acquired in July in a trade with the Clippers.


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