Bibby, the Kings' starting point guard and leading scorer last
season, has a mallet thumb -- an injury in which a finger tendon
becomes detached from a bone, preventing the finger from fully
extending. Sacramento's team doctors diagnosed the injury Monday
after Bibby left the Kings' 117-93 victory over the New Orleans
Hornets midway through the third quarter.
Bibby, who averaged 21.1 points and 5.4 assists while playing
all 82 games for the Kings last season, will wear a splint for two
weeks before returning to practice. The Kings don't expect him to
play for at least three weeks.
The injury is even more bad news for the Kings after coach Eric
Musselman's arrest on suspicion of drunken driving Friday night.
Sacramento, which hosts the Hornets in a preseason game
Tuesday night, opens its regular season at Minnesota on Nov. 1.