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Williams' injuries appear to be serious

By Times Wires
Published June 21, 2003

CHICAGO - Bulls guard Jay Williams was recuperating Friday after surgery to repair injuries sustained when he crashed his week-old motorcycle.

The Bulls wouldn't comment on the extent of his injuries, but the Chicago Tribune reported he had nerve damage in the pelvic area and required surgery. The Tribune also said he had injuries to his left leg and knee, which could require reconstructive surgery. AP said the injuries could jeopardize the 21-year-old's playing career.

"The last thing on our minds right now is basketball and the foremost thought on our minds is that of Jay's health," Bulls general manager John Paxson said in a statement. "We respect the privacy of the family and as time goes on we will be waiting for the family and doctors to report to us on Jay's status."

Williams was riding a new Yamaha sportbike he purchased last week when it slammed into a pole Thursday afternoon on the north side of Chicago. The impact broke one of his legs.

Williams was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and a spokeswoman referred all inquiries to the Bulls.

Chicago Police spokesman Wayne Frisbie said officers have been unable to interview Williams because the hospital is denying them access.

HAWKS: The ex-fiancee of Glenn Robinson is suing him. A jury found Robinson guilty in May of domestic battery and assault for an altercation he had with Jonta French in her Chicago Heights home. Her lawsuit alleges the attack caused emotional distress.

KNICKS: Lon Kruger was hired as an assistant. Kruger coached for 18 years in college at Pan American, Kansas State, Florida and Illinois. He spent two seasons and part of a third with the Hawks, going 69-122.

PISTONS: The team is expected to draft center Darko Milicic with the second pick, but his European team intends to keep the 7-foot-1 star and threatens legal action against NBA teams attempting to sign him.

76ERS: Assistant Randy Ayers was promoted to coach, saying "I feel I have a good relationship with all of the players," Ayers said. "We've had some highs and lows." He said he has developed a bond with Allen Iverson, Eric Snow and Aaron McKie. "At the end of the day, it became clear that Randy is the guy," team president Billy King said. "I believe in this team."

DRAFT: Charlie Villanueva, who played with LeBron James in high school all-star games this year, withdrew from the NBA draft, one of 27 early entries to drop out. He said he will attend UConn. Other notable dropouts: 7-4 Russian Pavel Podkolzine, Andre Emmett of Texas Tech, Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph's, Marcus Moore of Washington State, Ricky Minard of Morehead State, Jason Parker of Tulsa, Brian Polk of Temple and Chris Thomas of Notre Dame.

CLEVELAND 79, WASHINGTON 74: LaToya Thomas scored 18 for the host Rockers. Chamique Holdsclaw had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Mystics, who overcame a 19-point deficit but lost their fourth straight.

DETROIT 88, NEW YORK 83: Swin Cash scored 15, all in the final nine minutes, and Deanna Nolan matched a career-high with 18 points for the host Shock.

CHARLOTTE 76, MINNESOTA 72: Allison Feaster scored 17 as the host Sting built a 17-point lead.

INDIANA 84, CONNECTICUT 74: Coretta Brown came off the bench to score a career-high 22 for the host Fever.

SAN ANTONIO 76, HOUSTON 69: Marie Ferdinand scored 20 for the host Silver Stars.

[Last modified June 21, 2003, 01:17:59]

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