U.S. team's Stockton breaks leg, is out of Americas tournament

July 01, 1992|By Ken Rosenthal | Ken Rosenthal,Staff Writer

PORTLAND, ORE — PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Olympic basketball team announced late Monday night that guard John Stockton would be lost for the rest of the Tournament of the Americas -- and possibly the Olympics -- because of a broken leg.

Stockton was injured in the first half of Monday night's 105-61 victory over Canada, when he was kneed accidentally by Michael Jordan in his second trip up the court.

Team doctors originally believed the problem to be nothing more than a bruise to Stockton's right calf. X-rays, however, revealed an undisplaced fracture of his fibula.

"We're hoping he will be able to play in Barcelona," U.S. physician David Fischer said. "John's right leg will not be placed in a cast, and it is expected that he will be able to participate in a conditioning program."

In Stockton's absence, coach Chuck Daly said he will alternate Jordan and Scottie Pippen with Magic Johnson at point guard and increase playing time for Clyde Drexler and Chris Mullin at shooting guard.

Tournament rules prohibit the United States from naming a replacement, but Daly has until July 15 to set his 12-man Olympic roster. If Stockton is unavailable, Daly probably would add a point guard from among Tim Hardaway, Mark Price and Isiah Thomas.

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