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Bucks to hire Milwaukee native, report says

By Times Wires
Published August 6, 2003

MILWAUKEE - Terry Porter, a native of Milwaukee who played 17 seasons in the league, has been hired to coach the Bucks, the Associated Press reported. The Bucks called a news conference for 4 p.m. today.

Porter, who was an assistant with Sacramento last season, didn't return a phone message, and general manager Larry Harris, who hasn't spoken publicly since the firing of George Karl on July 20, wasn't available.

After starring at Milwaukee South Division High and at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Porter hoped to be drafted by the Bucks in 1985. But they bypassed him, and he was picked by Portland.

After a 10-year stint with the Trail Blazers in which he became the club's career assists leader, Porter played with Minnesota, Miami and San Antonio, where he finished his career in 2002.

Kings send center to Utah

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento traded center Keon Clark and two second-round picks to Utah for a second-round pick.

The Kings made the move to avoid the luxury tax. Clark exercised his $5-million option for the upcoming season a few days before the Kings acquired Brad Miller and his seven-year, $68-million deal from Indiana. Clark averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.

HEAT: Former Florida forward Udonis Haslem signed a two-year deal. He played in France last season.

NUGGETS: Micheal Ray Richardson, banned from the league for drug use 17 years ago, was hired as a community ambassador.

PACERS: CEO Donnie Walsh said guard Reggie Miller is close to re-signing. Miller, who has spent his entire 16-year career with Indiana, is the team's career scoring leader but is coming off an injury-plagued season that limited him to 70 games and 12.6 points a game.

76ERS: Derrick Coleman re-signed, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. Coleman, a forward/center who averaged 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in 64 games last season, will get a three-year deal worth up to $13.5-million.

SONICS: Point guard Luke Ridnour is scheduled for surgery today for a severely pulled abdominal muscle. He will be out 3-4 weeks before he can start jogging.

RODMAN TROUBLE: Dennis Rodman's 47-foot speedboat was impounded Sunday after he used someone else's dock without permission. Rodman repeatedly has tangled with Newport Beach, Calif., authorities, who have responded to 70 noise complaints involving parties at his beachfront home. Paul Meyer, who has represented Rodman in some of the complaints, said Tuesday he was unaware of the boat problem.

NEW YORK 69, SAN ANTONIO 60: The host Liberty allowed one point during the final 5:29. The Silver Stars used a 16-4 run to take a 59-53 lead. But New York responded with a 12-0 run.

DETROIT 78, CONNECTICUT 61: Swin Cash scored 17 of her 20 during the first half for the visiting Shock. Detroit, which has won five in a row, led by as many as 21 and were up 47-28 at halftime.

HOUSTON 74, SACRAMENTO 47: The Comets won their ninth in a row at home to move within 11/2 games of first-place Los Angeles in the West. A 10-3 run gave Houston a 13-point lead with 55 seconds left in the first half. It opened the second half with a 10-4 run and led by as many as 29.

LOS ANGELES: All-Star forward DeLisha Milton was placed on the injured list with a sore ankle.

[Last modified August 6, 2003, 01:33:00]


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