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Sprewell Injury Scrutinized

October 05, 2002|Associated Press

Latrell Sprewell might have broken his hand by throwing an errant punch at the boyfriend of a woman who vomited on Sprewell's new yacht, the New York Post reported Friday.

The newspaper, citing two eyewitnesses who asked not to be identified, said the New York Knick star was injured when he slammed his right hand into a wall during a skirmish at a late-night party.

Sprewell's agent, Robert Gist, acknowledged Friday that Sprewell hurt his hand aboard the luxury yacht he bought over the summer.

Sprewell underwent surgery Tuesday for a displaced fracture of the bone beneath his right pinkie. He is expected to be sidelined at least six weeks.

The Knicks were stunned when Sprewell arrived in New York on Monday with a broken hand. After initially saying Sprewell would join the team for training camp in Charleston, S.C., the Knicks said Sprewell had been told to stay in New York until the team returned.

Gist said he did not speak to Sprewell about the exact cause of the injury, although the agent was quoted in the Post describing how Sprewell banged his hand while shifting the boat's navigational system.

Sprewell is expected to meet with club officials Monday.

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Philadelphia 76er guard Allen Iverson will miss at least two weeks after injuring the middle finger on his shooting hand during practice Friday.

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