Houston judge convicts of misdemeanor

HOUSTON -- Former Houston Rockets forward Eddie Griffin was found guilty of marijuana possession Tuesday.

Harris County Criminal Court-at-Law Judge Larry Standley said he
would sentence Griffin, now with the New Jersey Nets, on Feb. 13.

Standley convicted Griffin of the misdemeanor after a daylong bench
trial in which defense attorneys challenged the legality of the
search that led to his April arrest.

"This is not expected to have any impact on Eddie's play with
the Nets, or interfere with his ability to make a comeback," said
Griffin's attorney, Rusty Hardin.

Griffin, who signed with the Nets following his release from the
Rockets, also is scheduled to answer a felony charge of aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon on Feb. 13. That charge is based on an
alleged fight with a woman in October. Hardin said his client has
not yet been indicted on the felony charge.

Griffin was arrested in April on the marijuana charge.

He was suspended from the Rockets in October for a series of
missed practices and a skipped flight to Sacramento, Calif. Later
that month, a woman accused him of hitting her three times in the
face and shooting at her as she drove away from his Houston home
before dawn on Oct. 25.

Griffin, a 6-foot-10, 232-pound forward, averaged 8.7 points,
5.8 rebounds and 1.63 blocks in 150 career games during two seasons
with the Rockets.