<
>

McInnis out undetermined amount of time

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets guard Jeff McInnis
will miss an undetermined amount of time with a back injury.

"It's a muscle strain in his back, so we've just got to let
time go by," coach Lawrence Frank said Monday.

McInnis was injured when he dived for a loose ball during
practice Saturday evening. He continued to practice, but woke up in
pain Sunday and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.

"I couldn't even walk yesterday," McInnis said after missing
practice Monday. "There's some improvement, but I'm still in a lot
of pain."

McInnis said he wouldn't be able to play in the Nets' preseason
opener Tuesday night against Indiana.

The 30-year-old McInnis, the Nets' major offseason acquisition,
is expected to spell Jason Kidd at point guard and also get some
minutes at shooting guard.

McInnis averaged 12.8 points and 5.1 assists with Cleveland last
season, and has career averages of 10.6 points and 4.6 assists in
eight years with Denver, Washington, the Los Angeles Clippers,
Portland and Cleveland.