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NBA Briefs

December 7, 2001

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Karl's father dies at age of 95

Milwaukee Joseph Karl, the 95-year-old father of Milwaukee Bucks coach George Karl, died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Marysville, Wash.

Karl left immediately for the Seattle suburb and appointed lead assistant Terry Stotts to guide the team in his absence. Stotts assumed the head coaching duties Thursday night when the Bucks played Toronto.

A date for Karl's return has not been determined. The Bucks play again on Saturday at home against New Jersey.

Karl had just visited his father Saturday and Sunday when the Bucks were in Seattle to play the SuperSonics. Karl and his daughter, Kelci, who works in Seattle, had driven together from Portland after the Bucks played the Trail Blazers Friday night. During the weekend, Karl fondly reminisced about his father, who sold and serviced mimeograph machines for many years in Pittsburgh.

McDyess showing improvement in knee

Denver Denver Nuggets all-star forward Antonio McDyess is showing improvement in his surgically repaired left knee.

McDyess, who jogged and shot a few balls during pregame warmups before Denver's 95-80 loss Wednesday night in Boston, said his knee did not give him trouble.

"It felt good," he said. "There was no pain. I was surprised. For my first time running, I at least took a little baby jog. It didn't hurt at all."

It remains uncertain when he can return to the court, but McDyess said the team's recent performance highlighted his role.

"This team needs me," he said. "Other times, I've said I don't make a difference. But sitting there, looking at it, it's a big difference.."

The power forward, who averaged team highs of 20.1 points and 8.8 rebounds last season, had surgery Oct. 12 to repair a tendon in his left knee.

Cavaliers promote volunteer coach Person

Cleveland The Cavaliers and Chuck Person, who arrived for training camp as a volunteer coach, finally have gotten the deal done.

Person said Thursday that he has signed for the remainder of the season to be an "associate" coach.

As the team's fourth assistant, Person cannot sit on the bench.

Instead, he will continue to sit behind the baseline. Person will go on some road trips and he will continue to work individually with players.

Person, an NBA forward from 1986-2000, joked that if any players "don't listen to what I say, I'm as big as they are." Person is the brother of Cavs guard Wesley Person.

Meanwhile, forward Tyrone Hill, who has yet to play this season due to a back injury, finally has established a timetable as to when he is likely to return. "I won't play this month, but I think I'll be back in January," said Hill.

Iverson doubtful for tonight's game

Philadelphia Allen Iverson is doubtful for Philadelphia's game at San Antonio tonight because of a sprained left thumb. Iverson, the NBA MVP last season, was injured in the 76ers' loss to Golden State on Wednesday night. He left the game with 1:33 remaining and did not return. X-rays were negative.

Iverson missed the first five games of the season, all Philadelphia losses, after having elbow surgery. The Sixers won seven straight after Iverson returned. Iverson is averaging 27.2 points, second behind Boston's Paul Pierce.

Wright on IR list

Memphis, Tenn. The Memphis Grizzlies put center Lorenzen Wright on the injured list Thursday with a broken bone in his left leg that will sideline him at least a month. The Grizzlies activated forward Antonis Fotsis from th e injured list.

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