Bruised hip forces Hornets' West to miss first game of season

PHOENIX -- New Orleans Hornets forward David West, the
team's second-leading scorer, missed a game for the first time this
season Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns because of a bruised
left hip.

West, averaging 19.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in 33 games, was
injured Friday night during the Hornets' 116-104 victory at Golden
State, when he collided with the Warriors' Stephen Jackson.

New Orleans coach Byron Scott said he hoped West would be able
to play in the Hornets' next game, at home Wednesday night against
the Los Angeles Lakers.