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NBA: Bulls forward faces gun, license charges

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October 14, 2002

CHICAGO -- Bulls forward Marcus Fizer was charged with having a loaded gun in his car and driving with a suspended license early Sunday.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Wayne Winterberg said Fizer was pulled over just after 2 a.m. for having illegal tinted windows on his sport utility vehicle.

Police then found Fizer was driving with a suspended license. While preparing to tow his car, police searched it and found a .40-caliber gun, Winterberg said.

Fizer appeared before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Mary Brosnahan, who set bond at $5,000, said Marcy Jensen, a spokesman for the Cook County state attorney. Jensen said that Fizer, released after posting bond, is due back in court Oct. 21.

"He is charged with having (the gun) in his car and readily accessible," Jensen said. "He said he needed a gun for protection, according to prosecutors."

The 24-year-old Fizer was drafted out of Iowa State fourth overall by the Bulls in 2000.

Team officials learned of the incident on Sunday but had not spoken to Fizer, Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said.

"It's premature to make a statement right now," he said. "I'm sure the Bulls and the NBA will be looking into this."

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KNICKS: In another damaging blow, Antonio McDyess has a fractured kneecap that will sideline him indefinitely.

McDyess went down clutching his left knee with 1:55 remaining in a preseason loss to the Suns Saturday. The injury initially was diagnosed as a hyperextension, but an MRI exam revealed the fracture.

"Naturally, he's totally disappointed and somewhat devastated," coach Don Chaney said.

In three preseason games, the 6-9 forward averaged 17.7 points and 13 rebounds.

The injury occurred to the same knee that was operated on last season, sidelining McDyess for all but 10 games. Knicks president Scott Layden said McDyess likely will have surgery, and the only time frame he provided was that McDyess will be out "for an extended period."

He is the second Knicks starter to be sidelined by an injury. Latrell Sprewell arrived at training camp with a broken hand, and the Knicks fined him $250,000 and told him to stay away from the team for failing to report the injury in a timely manner.

76ERS 105, RAPTORS 101 (OT): Allen Iverson scored 10 of his 28 points in overtime to lead visiting Philadelphia in a preseason game. Iverson was expected to miss 2-4 weeks after breaking the middle finger on his right hand in practice a week ago, but returned to play Thursday.

Morris Peterson scored 32 for the Raptors, and Vince Carter had 23 points before fouling out with 3:15 left in overtime.

Peterson forced overtime at 90 with a tip-in with 2.2 seconds left after Toronto's Jelani McCoy missed two free throws.

Toronto's Antonio Davis left the game with a mildly sprained left ankle.

CLIPPERS 106, GRIZZLIES 96: Reserve forward Mike Batiste scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead host Los Angeles. Corey Maggette added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Andre Miller had 16 and seven assists for the Clippers. Drew Gooden, the former Kansas forward drafted fourth overall, had 33 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Rookie guard Gordan Giricek added 24. Memphis forward Pau Gasol, the rookie of the year last season, did not play because of a sprained left wrist. The Clippers were without eight players because of injuries, including forward Elton Brand, their leading scorer and rebounder last season. He's sidelined with a knee injury.

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