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McGrady acknowledged the attack

1/20/2005

Houston Rockets: Tracy McGrady is being
sued by a man who had the tip of his nose bitten off by the
player's Rottweiler last year.

Fred Chamberlin, 57, was working at McGrady's home in southwest
Orange County on Aug. 24 when the dog attacked him.

The lawsuit, asking for unspecified damages, was filed Wednesday
in Orange County Circuit Court.

"What we want is for a jury to decide what's fair, as far as
paying Fred for what has had to come out of pocket, both in the
past and in the future," Chamberlin's attorney, Eric Faddis, said
Thursday. "He's definitely going to need more plastic surgery, and
we've got to be sure he has the resources to pay."

McGrady employed Chamberlin as a home maintenance engineer at
his 18,000-square-foot mansion. The two-time scoring champion
played for Orlando for four years before being traded to the
Rockets last summer.

McGrady, in Orlando on Thursday to play his former team,
acknowledged his dog attacked Chamberlin and nearly bit his nose
off.

"I feel terrible," McGrady said. "I didn't think he had it in
him."

McGrady said his pet is a "very vicious dog," but that he is
usually nice. He did not have the dog euthanized after the attack.

According to Faddis, Chamberlin was attacked on the second floor
of the mansion after climbing a flight of stairs. When Max jumped
him, Chamberlin fell backward down the 11 stairs.

"The dog was trained to attack on command, and Fred has no idea
why it chose to attack him," Faddis said.

New Jersey Nets: Nets forward Richard Jefferson had surgery Thursday to repair a ruptured ligament in his
left wrist, an injury that's expected to keep him out for the rest
of the season.

Jefferson, the Nets' leading scorer and rebounder before he was
hurt in a game Dec. 27, will be in a cast for at least two months
and then will need another two months of rehabilitation.

Jefferson, who signed a contract extension in August, averaging
22.2 points and 7.3 rebounds through 33 games this season.

The Nets also announced that they signed guard Billy Thomas to a
10-day contract on Thursday. Thomas appeared in seven games with
the Washington Wizards, averaging 4.1 points this season.

Six-foot-4 Thomas graduated from Kansas in 1998 and has since
played in the NBDL, CBA, IBL, USBL and in Europe.

Charlotte Bobcats:
Bobcats point guard Brevin Knight will miss Friday night's game against Dallas with a sprained
left ankle.

Knight, who ranks second in the NBA with 9.3 assists a game, was
injured in the first quarter of Wednesday night's 107-105 loss to
Philadelphia. He is also doubtful for Sunday's game against
Toronto.

Jason Hart replaced Knight on Wednesday and scored a team-high
19 points, but missed a potential game-tying layup at the end of
regulation.

Hart will start Friday against the Mavericks. The Bobcats have
lost six straight and 12 of their past 13 games.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves signed forward John Thomas to a second 10-day contract.

Thomas has been filling in for Mark Madsen, sidelined with a broken left thumb for at least another four to five weeks. Thomas, a standout on the University of Minnesota team that went to the Final Four in 1997, averaged 1.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 11.0 minutes over the last six games since signing his first 10-day
deal.

Thomas was the Timberwolves' final cut in training camp and played for Sioux Falls in the CBA until returning to the NBA. He was originally drafted in the first round in 1997 by New York with
the 25th overall selection.

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