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Gunmen Attack Three Outside Hudson's Home

July 02, 2002|From Associated Press

Masked gunmen attacked three people outside the home of Orlando Magic point guard Troy Hudson, fatally shooting a 20-year-old man and pistol-whipping a 15-year-old boy, police said Monday at Maitland, Fla.

Hudson, a former Clipper, wasn't home late Sunday when a car pulled into his driveway. Two men got out and opened fire, according to police in the Orlando suburb.

It was the second time in three days the home was targeted, said Bill Neff, Hudson's agent. He said robbers broke into the home Friday, taking several hundred dollars and attacking some guests after being unable to find Hudson's car keys. Hudson wasn't home then, either. He had refused to return to the house after the first robbery and was staying elsewhere in the Orlando area when Sunday's shooting occurred.

The dead man was identified as Carrick Reid, 20, of Orlando. The 15-year-old wasn't identified by authorities. A third person, Cleveland Fields, 27, of Maitland, escaped through a rear window, police said. Neff said Reid, Fields and the teen are friends of Hudson. Police said there were no suspects.

In a statement released by the Magic, Hudson expressed grief for Reid's family and said he was cooperating with the investigation.

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Baron Davis, who said in recent weeks that he'd rather be traded than move with the Charlotte Hornets to New Orleans, was offered a six-year contract extension. Bob Bass, Hornet vice president for basketball operations, has said several teams have contacted the Hornets about trading for Davis, who said he would rather play in Los Angeles, Chicago or New York than in New Orleans next season.

Bass said he has rejected all offers and did not intend to deal Davis under any circumstances.

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Larry Bird, making his first public appearance in Charlotte, N.C., since announcing his interest in bringing the area an expansion team, said he intends to be as successful as a general manager as he was as a player and coach.

"I can't tell you how long it would take to make the playoffs," Bird said. "But I'll be here a long time--so close the windows and lock the doors."

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After interviewing for the coaching vacancy in Denver, Donnie Nelson dropped out of consideration and accepted an offer to become the president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks.

Nelson already was an assistant coach and director of player personnel in Dallas, and the new title has no new duties but gives him the authority to take ideas directly to owner Mark Cuban instead of having to go through his father, Coach and General Manager Don Nelson.

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Former Laker A.C. Green was named president and general manager of the American Basketball Assn.'s Southern California Surf.... Amy Hall, who last week received a kidney transplant from her brother, Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag, was released from Baylor Medical Center at Dallas.

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