Hill collided with cameraman during game

Updated: January 2, 2005, 1:07 AM ET
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Orlando Magic: Grant Hill had X-rays on his right ankle after a collision with a cameraman.

Hill tumbled under the basket, slightly spraining the ankle, during the Magic's loss to the Bucks on Wednesday. He said X-rays were precautionary and came out negative, and he practiced Thursday.

"I tripped over a cameraman who was sitting on the floor. He had his legs extended out," Hill told the Orlando Sentinel. "I'm OK, but they just wanted to take a picture of it. It's the other ankle."

The Magic have been cautious with any injury to Hill, who missed most of the past four seasons after four surgeries on his left ankle. Hill sustained a bruised right shin earlier this month and was held out of the Magic's game against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 10. The team did not want him overcompensating for that injury by placing too much pressure on his left leg.

Milwaukee Bucks: Veteran reserve guard Erick Strickland was activated from the injured list Friday.

The 31-year-old Strickland had missed the last the last six games with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.

In 16 games this season -- all off the bench -- Strickland is averaging 4.3 points on 32 percent shooting. He had a season-high 14 points against Phoenix on Nov. 24 and recorded seven assists vs. New Orleans on Nov. 13.

The nine-year veteran has a career average of 7.8 points in 455 games with Dallas, New York, Vancouver, Boston, Indiana and Milwaukee.

The Bucks, who play in Houston on Friday, had an open roster spot after putting Keith Van Horn on the injured list Tuesday.

Denver Nuggets: Carmelo Anthony finally has some good news about his personal life -- he's engaged to MTV personality La La Vasquez.

Anthony said Thursday he made his proposal, accompanied by a nine-carat ring, on Christmas Day and Vasquez accepted. They haven't set a wedding date.

The engagement follows a series of unflattering off-the-court news about the Nuggets' second-year star.

He was charged with misdemeanor drug possession in October after airport inspectors found marijuana in his backpack. The charge was dropped after a friend said the pot was his.

In November, three men were arrested on suspicion of trying to extort $3 million from Anthony with a videotape of a bar fight, which erupted after someone spit a drink on Vasquez in Manhattan in September.

In early December, Anthony popped up on a homemade DVD circulating in Baltimore, his hometown, called "Stop Snitching." Someone else on the DVD warns that people who tip police about drug deals "get a hole in their head."

Anthony said he had nothing to do with the DVD and condemned the message. He said it was made while he was visiting friends.

Anthony had denied he and Vasquez were engaged as recently as Monday. In a statement issued Thursday, Anthony explained that he "wasn't ready for everyone to know."

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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