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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 20, 2000

Hurley's sidetracked career comes to end

NEW YORK -- Bobby Hurley retired, ending a once-promising career derailed by a near-fatal car accident.

Hurley, 29, last played in the NBA during the 1997-98 season, averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 assists for the Sacramento Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

The Kings chose the former Duke All-American with the seventh pick in the 1993 draft, hoping he would be their point guard of the future.

Hurley was almost killed in a car accident Dec. 12, 1993, when his truck was broadsided by a station wagon as he left Sacramento's Arco Arena after a game.

Hurley wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck. He had eight hours of surgery to repair a severed trachea. He also suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, broken ribs, a broken shoulder and fractures in the middle of his back.

He returned the next season but was never the same player. He eventually was traded to the Grizzlies.

BULLS: Rookie center Jake Voskuhl, the 33rd pick overall in the draft, signed. Voskuhl, 6 feet 11 and 245 pounds, helped Connecticut win the 1999 NCAA title.

HEAT: Center Rony Seikaly said he wants to play for Miami, which could use a frontline player with Alonzo Mourning sitting out the season with a kidney ailment. "I would love to help them and be a part of that team," Seikaly said from Barcelona, Spain, where he is playing. "That would be nice."

KINGS: If Chris Webber leaves, it won't be because of money. The owners will offer him everything they can. "We're going to pay him the max. We're going to pay him more than any other team can pay him," said Joe Maloof, who runs the Kings with brother Gavin.

MAVERICKS: Steve Nash couldn't find a way to describe his wonderful experience at the Sydney Olympics. So he came up with a simple gesture. Nash, who led Canada to the second-best record at the Games, is giving up the No. 13 he has worn for Dallas for the No. 7 he wore in his gutsy effort at the Olympics.

WIZARDS: Washington waived former first-round pick Dontae Jones after four preseason games. Jones, 25, played for the LaCrosse Bobcats of the Continental Basketball Association last season, averaging 18.6 points and 7.9 rebounds.

SMITS TO PLAY AGAIN: Rik Smits is coming out of retirement but not to play for the Pacers. Smits, who announced his retirement in September, will play three games in November for the Dutch national team. He'll play in Holland on Nov. 22 and 25, and in Sweden on Nov. 29. Smits, a native of Eindhoven, Holland, has wanted to represent his country in international competition for several years, but the cost of an insurance policy to cover his NBA contract in case of injury was prohibitive.

Preseason games

PISTONS 98, JAZZ 94: Karl Malone refused to let a knee injury keep him out of a game, playing the first and third quarters in East Lansing, Mich. Jerry Stackhouse had 31 points in 23 minutes for the Pistons, who played the game at Michigan State's arena because the Palace of Auburn Hills was being prepared for today's Mike Tyson-Andrew Golota heavyweight fight.

WARRIORS 117, SONICS 113: Larry Hughes scored 29 points and Chris Mills scored 10 of his 18 points in the first 51/2 minutes of the fourth quarter for Golden State at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Antawn Jamison added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors.

NUGGETS 99, CLIPPERS 89: Raef LaFrentz had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Tracy Murray scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, leading host Denver.

SPURS 88, HEAT 85: Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds for host San Antonio.

BULLS 88, HAWKS 78: Elton Brand had 18 points and 14 rebounds and host Chicago pulled away in the third quarter. Marcus Fizer hit three straight baskets to start a 21-5 third-quarter run.

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