Walton out out 2-6 weeks with hamstring injury

Updated: October 13, 2005, 1:04 AM ET
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Los Angeles Lakers: A disheartened Luke Walton probably will begin the season on the injured list because of an strained left hamstring.

The third-year Los Angeles Lakers' forward was injured late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's 101-93 victory over Golden State in the preseason opener for both teams.

Lakers spokesman John Black said following the game that Walton would be sidelined two to six weeks.

"The trainers are saying probably closer to six weeks," Walton said before the Lakers and Warriors met again Wednesday night at the University of Hawaii. "They said it's different for everyone."

Walton said he's never had this kind of injury before. He was injured cutting to the basket not long after making a 3-point play with 4:08 remaining that gave the Lakers an 89-84 lead.

"When I cut, I felt a sharp pain shoot through it," he said. "As soon as I cut, it just popped."

The 25-year-old Walton played seven minutes and scored five points. He played in 61 games for the Lakers last season, five of them starts, and averaged 3.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the extent of the injury probably won't be known until after the team returns home Thursday.

"This is really a slow go if it's a tear," Jackson said. "What we do know is these are the type of injuries you've got to let heal, go slow with."

The Lakers open the season Nov. 2 at Denver.

New York Knicks: Allan Houston has been shut down until next week after stopping practice with pain in his left knee, The Newark Star Ledger reported.

"It comes up," Houston told the paper after watching practice from the sidelines for the second consecutive day. "But the bottom line is however God wants this thing to work out, that's how it's going to work out. That's what I trust in. If it's meant for me to do this, then God will make it happen. If not, He won't. Period."

Houston is suffering from patellofemoral arthritis in his left knee, which caused him to miss 62 games last year.

Miami Heat: The Heat waived Kevin Braswell, just two days after the veteran guard beat NBA champ San Antonio with a buzzer-beating layup. Braswell signed as a free agent in October. Braswell had four points, one assist and one rebound in six minutes against the Spurs, his only game with the Heat.

Braswell spent last season with the Florida Flame of the NBA's developmental league, where he averaged 11.3 points.

Houston Rockets: With a lot of depth in the backcourt, the Rockets waived guard Charlie Ward.

An 11-year veteran, Ward signed with the Rockets in August 2004 and averaged 5.4 points and 3.1 assists in 14 games, including 13 starts, before having season-ending knee surgery in late December.

Ward became expendable when Houston acquired guard Rafer Alston in a trade with Toronto on October 4. Alston is expected to be the backup for oft-injured starter Bob Sura on the Rockets' roster, which also includes guards Tracy McGrady, David Wesley, Jon Barry and Moochie Norris.

The 6-2 Ward, who turned 35 on Wednesday, has recorded 6.3 points, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 630 games with New York, San Antonio and Houston.

Ward won the Heisman Trophy in 1993 before being drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft by the Knicks.

Memphis Grizzlies: It's not a matter of "if", it's a matter of "when", owner Michael Heisley said of general manager Jerry West signing a contract extension.

"I expect to have a contract with Jerry in the very near future," Heisley told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "I think he'll be here for a good while."

Heisley confirmed both sides are working on a deal for more than one year.

"That's something important we're still working on -- how many years Jerry wants to put in there [the contract]," Heisley told the paper. "But like I've said before, Jerry will be here as long as he wants to be here no matter what a contract says."

Camby wants stipend for dress code
With NBA commissioner David Stern set to implement of a dress code, some players are finding fault with the possible change.

Denver Nuggets center Marcus Camby, who is in the midst of a $45 million contract, thinks the players should have additional compensation.

"I don't see it happening unless every NBA player is given a stipend to buy clothes," Camby told WOAI.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson has been a vocal critic of the proposed change.

"It sends a bad message to kids," Iverson told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "If you don't have a suit when you go to school, is your teacher going to think you're a bad kid because you don't have a suit on?"

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

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