Saturday, December 4, 2004
Traylor broke left pinkie
Cleveland Cavaliers: Forward Robert Traylor will miss three to four weeks after breaking his left pinkie during a game
against the New Jersey Nets.
Traylor, a reserve averaging 5.1 points and 4.0 rebounds, was
placed on the injured list. Cleveland activated Scott Williams for
Wednesday night's game against Chicago.
"That's going to hurt us a lot," LeBron James said Wednesday night. "He's a big part of our bench. He brings defensive
intensity and rebounds great."
Traylor has been a nice addition for the Cavaliers, who signed
him as a free agent this summer. The six-year veteran has been used
to fill at forward and to back up center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Traylor had four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes Tuesday
night when the Cavaliers won their eighth straight home game.
Cleveland leads the Central Division and has the best record in
the Eastern Conference after 15 games for the first time since
"We're playing good defense, for one. That's what's been the
mainstay of our streak right now," coach Paul Silas said. "It's
coming together. We've got a long way to go, but it's coming
together faster than I thought."
Williams is averaging 2.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10 games.
Los Angeles Clippers: Center Chris Kaman underwent emergency surgery Wednesday for acute appendicitis during a visit to his Michigan hometown.
Kaman had the Clippers' permission to be in Wyoming, Mich., to
have his jersey retired at Tri-Unity Christian High School when he
He had surgery in Grand Rapids and is expected to be out of
action for a minimum of two weeks, the team said.
Kaman came off the injured list Nov. 24 after missing the first
11 games of the season with a sprained left ankle. In seven games
since then, he has averaged 2.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 13
Los Angeles Lakers: Guard Tony Bobbitt was placed on the injured list because of a strained lower back and activated rookie guard Sasha Vujacic.
Bobbitt was signed Monday after Kareem Rush was traded to
Charlotte. Bobbitt joined the Lakers as an undrafted rookie free agent before the preseason and was released after averaging 6.9 points and 2.4 assists in seven exhibition games.
Vujacic, the 27th overall pick in last summer's NBA draft, averaged 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 5.7 minutes in three games before being placed on the injured list last month because of a
sprained right ankle.
New Jersey Nets: Forward Kaniel Dickens, the leading scorer in the CBA, was signed by the Nets.
The Nets also waived forward Awvee Storey and placed center
Jabari Smith on the injured list with a sprained left ankle.
Dickens was averaging 29.4 points and 9.6 rebounds with the
Idaho Stampede. He was shooting a league-leading 57.1 percent from
During the preseason, Dickens averaged 3.6 points and two
rebounds with the Los Angeles Clippers. A University of Idaho
product, he appeared in three games with Portland last season.
Storey made the Nets as a free agent. He played in nine games,
averaging less than a point.
Denver Nuggets: Chris Herren, a former Nuggets player, disputes police accusations.
He was charged Friday with driving while intoxicated, driving while in possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, driving after his license had been revoked and refusal to submit to a drug test.
Portsmouth, R.I., police Sgt. Harry Leonard said police found Herren unconscious in the car and had to smash a window to give him medical treatment.
Leonard said Herren apparently suffered a seizure while waiting in line at the drive-through, which caused Herren's black 2004
Chrysler to shoot forward and ram into a brick wall behind the
Herren told The Herald News on Tuesday that he didn't have a seizure.
"I was driving into the Dunkin Donuts Friday morning to get my kids some doughnuts," Herren said. "Some lady was in reverse and
she hit my car. My head smashed into the windshield and I went
unconscious. I was in a car accident. I wasn't just in a parking
lot, passed out in my car."
Police said after Herren was removed from the car, they found 18 empty packets containing heroin residue and paraphernalia; Herren
said there were seven empty packets.
"I don't deny this has been an issue for me. I've struggled
with this for a long time. I know I have a problem, but I haven't
touched the stuff for months."
Herren also denied police claims he refused a drug test.
"I don't know what they're talking about," he said.