Rookie center to miss rest of 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 league.
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.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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