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Kings' Artest To Have Surgery

Kings forward Ron Artest will need surgery for a chipped bone in his right elbow.

A timetable for the procedure and his return have yet to be determined.

Artest, who missed the first seven games this season while serving a suspension and one other to be with his sick daughter, sat out Friday's loss to the 76ers because of the injury.

Via Yahoo.com

Arm Leaves Kirilenko Day To Day

Even though he sat out Saturday's game with a strained right biceps tendon, Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko was encouraged the injury wouldn't keep him out an extended period.

For now, Kirilenko is listed as day to day after he got tangled up with Lakers' forward Trevor Ariza in the first quarter of Friday's loss and had his arm awkwardly jerked back.

Kirilenko tried to play in the second quarter and did not return in the second half. He walked out of the locker room after the game with his arm in a sling. Although he wasn't feeling pain, Kirilenko also said he didn't have any strength in the arm, especially when he tried to raise it.

"I was trying to get back after [the injury], but like pass and like shoot, I feels like it's completely dead," Kirilenko said.

Via Salt Lake Tribune

Several Teams Interested In Miami's Parker

There appears to be no shortage of potential destinations for Miami's Smush Parker, who Pat Riley confirmed has been shopped in trades in recent weeks.

Cleveland, Boston, Houston and Golden State are believed to be among the teams the Heat has talked with regarding a deal. Parker has missed the past 18 games since his Nov. 27 altercation with a female valet attendant at a Miami condo.

Via Miami Herald

Pitt Guard Fields Out 8-12 weeks With Broken Foot

Pittsburgh guard Levance Fields suffered a broken left foot in Saturday's loss to Dayton and will be out 8-12 weeks which could end his regular season.

Pittsburgh spokesperson Greg Hotchkiss said Fields will have surgery Monday and will have a pin inserted in his left foot.

"We're extremely disappointed for Levance," Coach Jamie Dixon said. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return sometime later in the season."

Fields' injury comes a week after the Panthers lost starting forward Mike Cook for the season with a torn ACL in a victory over Duke at Madison Square Garden in which Fields hit the game-winning 3-pointer.

Fields was averaging 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 12 starts for Pitt this season, his second as a starter. He had started 49 straight games at Pitt.

Via ESPN

Incredible High School Game

The Salesian High School boys' basketball team needed five overtimes to outlast East Rochester-N.Y. 115-111 in the semifinals of the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando, Fla., on Friday.

Freshman Jabari Brown scored 25 of his team-high 35 points in the overtime periods to help the Pride best the Bombers.

Brown sent the game into the first overtime with a jumper with 52 seconds left to tie the game at 61. He also assisted in the game-tying layup in the second overtime, hit the tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in the third overtime, hit one of two free throws in the fourth overtime and three free throws to help seal the win the final overtime.

"It was a fun game but also kind of draining for the players," said Salesian Coach Bill Mellis. "Ultimately, we had a little bit more depth."

The game lasted 3 hours, 5 minutes and had 76 fouls called.

Salesian ended the game playing five-on-two against East Rochester. The Pride had six players foul out, and the Bombers had five of their seven players foul out.

Via Contra Costa Times

Kiki Or Gabriel To Fill Stefanski's Position In New Jersey?

Rod Thorn is expected to name Kiki Vandeweghe or John Gabriel as his new interim player personnel guy in the next couple of days.

They would fill the void left by the departure of Ed Stefanski to the Sixers.

Via Bergen Record

Payton 50-50 To Play Again, Warriors An Option

Gary Payton is 50-50 to play again, said Goodwin, who is also his agent. The Warriors still hold an appeal for the Oakland native who lives in Las Vegas, and Golden State might search for a backcourt insurance policy with news that a hip injury might force Troy Hudson, signed in the summer to play behind Baron Davis, to retire.

Via Sacramento Bee

Warriors Can Trade Pietrus Starting Tuesday

Warriors' forward Mickael Pietrus spent much of this summer waiting for a trade that would deliver him from Oakland. It didn't happen, obviously, but beginning this week, that possibility will be once again in play.

After signing Pietrus to a one-year qualifying offer worth $3.47 million, the Warriors have been prohibited from dealing him for three months -- a limitation that ends Tuesday.

While both sides said they're not actively seeking a divorce, there is no doubt that Pietrus would still like to wind up with a team where he'll get more consistent playing time. And it's equally clear that the Warriors are open to the idea of dealing their longest-tenured player.

"If a trade is offered, I'll go," said Pietrus, who has the right to veto any deal because he would have to relinquish his "Larry Bird rights," potentially costing himself money on the free agent market next summer. "I'll give up my 'Bird rights' for 35 minutes (per game)."

Via Contra Costa Times

Pacers' Tinsley To Sit At Least A Week

The Indiana Pacers will be without their best playmaker for at least a week.

After watching Jamaal Tinsley try to play through the pain in his left hamstring, the Pacers have decided to shut the point guard down for now.

"Unfortunately, I have allowed him to play at less than his best over the last five games," Pacers' Coach Jim O'Brien said. "To his credit, he wants to play, will play injured, but it's really hampering his ability to play at his best...If it takes seven-to-10 days to get that right, that's what we'll do."

Tinsley first injured his leg when he tried to split a double team late in a Dec. 15 game against Miami. He sat out the Dec. 19 game against Philadelphia but played the next four games. Tinsley is averaging 13.8 points and a career-high 8.7 assists.

Via Indianapolis Star

Nets' Thorn Open To Making The Right Deal

Everyone seems to be waiting for Nets' President Rod Thorn to lose patience and make a deal like the five-for-one swap he pulled off for Vince Carter in 2004 or the lopsided one he made for Jason Kidd three years earlier.

"Those don't come around every day," Thorn said. "We're like a lot of other teams. We're seeing what's out there, but right now we're not close to doing anything."

A few bad losses won't get a knee-jerk reaction from Thorn. He said the Nets are playing better, having won three of four games before they closed out 2007 against the Bucks on Saturday night. But it would be surprising if the Feb. 21 trade deadline passed without Thorn doing something.

"That's very hard to say," Thorn said when asked if he expects this nucleus to remain together all season. "You never know something like that."

Via The Record

Marbury Back With Knicks; Crawford Hurt

Isiah Thomas said he didn't think Stephon Marbury would play today against Chicago, but he may be forced to suit up after Jamal Crawford injured his right hand.

Durant Hurt But Sonics Rout T-Wolves

Daniels Does Drills, Knee 'Feels Good'

Spurs Waive Marcus Williams

Nets' Krstic Improving, No Timetable Set

Nash Receives Order Of Canada

Vanderbilt Equals Best Start In School History

Johnson Gets OK To Play For Longhorns

Spurs Sign DerMarr Johnson

Warriors Could Waive Hudson Or Mbenga

Gordon Saying He Might Sign One-Year Tender

Sixers Trade Korver To Jazz For Giricek And Pick

Kyle Korver is the newest member of the Utah Jazz.

Warriors' Hudson Likely Out For Season

Weber State Spoils Sutton's Debut As USF Coach

Polynice Leads Ole Miss To Best Start Ever

Heat Still Trying To Deal Smush

Ford Vows He'll Be Back This Season

Raptor guard T.J. Ford smiled throughout a brief interview session Friday morning and promised he would be back on the court this season.

Diaw's Struggles Puzzle D'Antoni

Blazers Win 12th Straight

Gordon's Big 4th Secures Boylan's Victory In Debut

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