Rookie center to miss rest of season


Indiana Pacers: Rookie center David Harrison underwent surgery on his left knee and will be out the rest of the season.

Harrison, the 29th pick in the first round of the NBA draft last
year from Colorado, hurt his knee in a game against Miami on Feb.
23 and was put on the injured list March 16.

"The way the injury presented itself, the right thing to do
first was to see if rehab would resolve it," Pacers coach Rick
Carlisle said. "But he continued to have pain so we decided to go
in and see what was going on."

Harrison had the arthroscopic procedure Monday. Carlisle said it
was not serious and Harrison should be ready to play in the summer

Harrison averaged 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 43 games,
including 14 starts.

Sacramento Kings: Longtime trainer Bill
Jones died after a long bout with cancer, the team announced
Tuesday. He was 69.

Jones, who also served as trainer for the Kansas City and
Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals, spent 23 seasons with
the Kings before retiring in 1995.

"It's terribly sad," Kings director of player personnel Jerry
Reynolds said. "He was a great trainer, a good friend, a hall of
fame trainer actually -- he was just old school all the way. He was
from the time when trainers did everything, from being travel
secretary to equipment manager. Jonesy was an original."

Jones, a native of Hackett, Ark., began his sports career in
1958 as a trainer for the Kansas City Athletics' minor league
affiliate in Little Rock.

After three seasons, he was promoted to the majors where he
stayed for eight seasons. He then spent four years as trainer for
the Kansas City Royals before joining the NBA's Kansas City Kings
in 1973. He stayed with the Kings as they moved to Sacramento
before retiring in 1995.

New Orleans Hornets: Regional offices for the Hornets in Baton Rouge, La., and Biloxi, Miss., are being closed, a team spokesman said.

Harold Kaufmann said the team's sales staff will actually be
increased after the closures. He did not have specific numbers.

"The regional markets outside of New Orleans are just as
important as they've always been," Kaufman said Tuesday. "We feel
that more sales can be generated in Baton Rouge and Biloxi by
having sales people focused on those markets in our New Orleans
office, which will also allow our entire sales team to participate
in working those markets."

Kaufman said the closure was effective immediately. He was
uncertain as to exactly how many people were in each office but
said it was likely one "point person" in each location with some
part-time staff.