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Allen scheduled for exam Friday

SEATTLE -- Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen will see a specialist after an MRI exam Thursday revealed a loose item in his right ankle.

Allen, a three-time All-Star who joined the Sonics in the
blockbuster trade that sent Gary Payton to Milwaukee last February, complained of soreness during Seattle's preseason win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

Sonics general manager Rick Sund said late Thursday that team
officials didn't have any additional information. He didn't know if
the loose particle was a bone chip, a torn ligament or some other
loose material.

"We're always concerned when a player takes himself out of a
game because he's hurting a little bit," Sund said. "Then we're
concerned when an MRI shows he's got a loose piece in his ankle.

"But I don't want to jump to any conclusions. He had an MRI
today. He will see a specialist tomorrow, and then we should know
more."

Allen is scheduled to visit a specialist Friday in Seattle. He
averaged 24.5 points in 29 games after joining the Sonics
last season. Last summer, he played on the U.S. national team in a
qualifying tournament for the Athens Olympics.

He also earned a gold medal with Team USA at the Sydney
Olympics.