Center gets hurt during practice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller
will be sidelined for at least a month after breaking his left leg
during a light shooting drill Saturday.

Miller, a two-time All-Star, missed Sacramento's last six games
with a bruised calf. He was expected to return for Sunday's game
against Houston -- but in the latest bizarre injury in a long
franchise history for the Kings, Miller broke his left fibula
during a non-contact drill.
The bone will heal in four to six weeks, according to team
doctors, and Miller should be able to ride a stationary bike in 10
days. But the playoffs begin in six weeks, and the Kings aren't
sure whether he'll be ready.
Miller is averaging 15.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists in
his second season with the Kings, who acquired him in a trade with
Indiana. His emergence as an elite passer and rebounder encouraged
the Kings' decision to trade Chris Webber to the Philadelphia 76ers
two weeks ago.
Sacramento has been plagued by injuries during six consecutive
winning seasons, and this winter has been no exception. Every key
player on Sacramento's roster has missed at least one game with an
The Kings already lost guard Bobby Jackson for the rest of the
regular season when he underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament
in his left wrist in early January. Peja Stojakovic, the NBA's
second-leading scorer last season, has been sidelined or
ineffective since straining his hamstring last month, while Cuttino
Mobley missed two recent games with a strained lower back.