Mourning injures knee, might be out for season

December 20, 2007

Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning tore the patellar tendon in his right knee last night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Miami spokesman Michael Lissack said an examination at Philips Arena, including X-rays, revealed the injury.

Lissack said it was not immediately known whether the injury could end Mourning's season. Injuries like this typically take about three months to heal. Mourning will have more tests today.

Mourning, 37, is in his 15th year in the league, including 11 seasons with Miami.

Mourning was hurt when attempting to defend the basket on a layup by Atlanta's Mario West. Replays showed Mourning's knee buckled without contact from West as Mourning was about to jump.

With Mourning laying on his back clutching his knee, a stretcher was brought to his side. Mourning was placed on the stretcher and then sat up, rose to his feet and limped to the Miami bench with the assistance of teammates.

Knicks -- Fans angry over the team's losing streak rallied outside Madison Square Garden, holding aloft a giant pink slip and calling on management to fire coach Isiah Thomas. Chanting "Fire Isiah! He's got to go! Good-bye!" two dozen irate fans signed the 8-by-4-foot pink placard urging Garden chief executive James Dolan to dump the coach, whose team is 8-17.

Timberwolves -- Center Theo Ratliff had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday, and his recovery is expected to keep him out for another six weeks.

Warriors -- Guard Troy Hudson has visits scheduled with two medical specialists regarding a hip injury that could end his career. Hudson has a career average of nine points per game.

Wizards -- Washington signed well-traveled guard Mike Wilks ahead of its game yesterday against the Bulls. Wilks has played for seven other NBA teams, most recently averaging three points and 15.3 minutes in eight games with the Nuggets this season.

Spurs -- Tony Parker has sued a celebrity gossip Web site that publishing stories claiming he had an affair with a French model. He sued in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging it posted a series of "false and defamatory" stories claiming Parker cheated on his wife, actress Eva Longoria. He's seeking at least $40 million in damages.

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