NBA, Bulls tell players to 'take precautions'

Updated: August 1, 2007, 10:48 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- Two Chicago-area burglaries involving Eddy Curry and Antoine Walker have prompted the NBA and the Chicago Bulls to warn players living in the area to be careful.

"Any time something has happened multiple times you want to take precautions to be sure everyone is educated," NBA spokesman Tim Frank told the Chicago Tribune. "We have had two players reportedly held at gun point. You can't get more concerning than that."

Curry and Walker were both the victims of armed robberies during the past month. Curry, his wife, family members and an employee were robbed by men wearing bandanas over their faces and carrying handguns and a semiautomatic rifle last Saturday in Burr Ridge. Walker was robbed July 9 in River North by a gunman wearing a mask. He was bound with duct tape.

Bulls security is urging players to "take any precautions they deem necessary," team spokesman Tim Hallam said."With all that's taken place, our team security representatives have been reaching out to our players."

Players are heeding the message.

"They just told you to be careful, be aware of your surroundings, don't go out in places by yourself, and just kind of lay low a little bit," Bulls guard Chris Duhon told ABC7 in Chicago.

A Chicago police spokeswoman told the Tribune that, while the robberies had similar characteristics, "There is nothing to link evidence."

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