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Bibby Looks to Return Next Week

December 05, 2002|From Wire Reports

Sacramento King point guard Mike Bibby shot jumpers at Arco Arena for the first time since Game 7 of the Western Conference finals this week and hopes to return to playing next week.

Bibby has not played this season after surgery on Oct. 12 for a stress fracture in his right foot. X-rays Monday revealed he is healing normally.

"Hopefully I'm back next week," Bibby said. "It's the best news I could have gotten. I'm almost healed."

Bibby will be reexamined and said, "I'm the only one who knows how the foot feels. I think I could be back in a week."

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Atlanta Hawk forward Glenn Robinson suffered a hyperextended left knee in Tuesday's loss at New Jersey, but Robinson is vowing to play in tonight's much-hyped reunion with the Milwaukee Bucks no matter how much pain lingers.

"Oh, I'm going to play," Robinson told ESPN.com. "Something would have to be broken for me not to play."

Tonight's game is the first between the Hawks and Bucks since the teams' summer trade that sent Robinson to Atlanta and triggered an angry war of words between Robinson and Buck guard Ray Allen.

Allen has since said that he hopes to find Robinson beforehand to clear the air.

Asked if he's open to a reconciliation, Robinson said: "He should be trying to patch things up. He's the one who started it."

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A group of police officers in Philadelphia is refusing to buy tickets for the annual 76er law enforcement night to protest comments made by guard Allen Iverson.

The group, from the 8th District in Northeast Philadelphia, were angered with Iverson's statement that he fears police in the city, according to Wednesday's Philadelphia Inquirer. The game is Jan. 8 against Detroit.

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Toronto Raptor forward Jerome Williams will have arthroscopic surgery if his left elbow fails to respond to aggressive treatment in the next week, the team said. Williams has sat out the last three games and is not on the team's four-game trip.... The Orlando Magic activated forward Horace Grant from the injured list. Grant had been sidelined since Oct. 29 because of a sore left knee.

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