GM says 'surgery seems likely' on guard's ankle

Updated: March 6, 2005, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Doug Christie, who missed a practice and a game this week, was placed on the injured list Saturday by the Orlando Magic before their game against the New Jersey Nets.

Orlando general manager John Weisbrod said the shooting guard has bone spurs in his left ankle and "surgery seems likely."

Christie didn't practice with the team on Thursday and then missed the Magic's 111-89 home victory Friday night over the New York Knicks. He didn't travel with the team, instead making his own flight arrangements on Saturday.

Christie, acquired Jan. 10 in a trade with Sacramento for Cuttino Mobley, has been unhappy recently since his role with the Magic has been greatly reduced.

"I met with Doug this afternoon in New Jersey," Weisbrod said Saturday. "He has concerns in regards to bone spurs in his left ankle and his ability to play. In conjunction with our medical staff, he will seek further consultation and surgery seems likely."

To fill the roster spot, the Magic activated center Mario Kasun, who has been on the injured list since Jan. 18 because of tendinitis in his knee. Kasun missed 21 games.

Christie was disappointed to be dealt away by Sacramento and took a few days to report to the Magic.

He was put into the Orlando starting lineup, but lost that spot when Steve Francis was moved to shooting guard and rookie Jameer Nelson took over at the starting point guard.

"I think as professionals you've got to keep your focus on the court and try to continue to get wins," Nelson said before Saturday night's game. "You're going to have some off-the-court issues, no matter what it is. I think we've done a good job of staying focused."

Christie played a total of 23 minutes in his last three games. In 21 games with Orlando, he has averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Overall, he has averaged 6.6 points per game -- his worst production in a decade.

The Magic won two straight at home before starting a three-game trip at New Jersey.

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