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NBA briefs

January 17, 2001

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Suns say Hardaway likely out for year

Phoenix The Phoenix Suns placed Penny Hardaway back on the injured list Tuesday and said the two-time all-NBA guard likely will miss the rest of the season.

Hardaway missed the first 31 games while coming back from knee surgery. He played in only four games before persistent soreness sent him back to the injured list.

"As disappointing as this is, we must be prepared to forge on and complete the season without Penny on the court," Suns president Bryan Colangelo said in a statement released by the team.

Hardaway was at practice Tuesday but left without talking to reporters. He did not practice. Coach Scott Skiles also declined to discuss Hardaway's condition after practice.

Camby contrite, but not suspended yet

Purchase, N.Y. A contrite Marcus Camby awaited word Tuesday on punishment for throwing a punch at an opponent but instead decking his own coach.

"I regret that I lost my cool, because that's not me," Camby said. "Those who have been around me since I've been here know that I'm an easygoing-type guy.

"I just lost it when I saw that blood, and I was truly, truly in the wrong."

Camby's punch did not strike Danny Ferry of San Antonio because coach Jeff Van Gundy stepped between them at the last moment. Camby's head collided with Van Gundy's, opening a cut above the coach's left eye that required 12-15 stitches.

Camby had scrapes above both eyes Tuesday one from being poked by Ferry, one from colliding with his coach. Van Gundy's eye also was swollen.

"Seeing Jeff today, I just feel sorry for the guy," Camby said. "Because if you look at him you'd think he's really been in a fight."

Abdur-Rahim fined

New York Vancouver's Shareef Abdur-Rahim was fined $10,000 Tuesday one day after criticizing a call in the Grizzlies' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Polynice pleads guilty

Salt Lake City Utah Jazz center Olden Polynice was suspended for one game by the NBA after pleading guilty Tuesday to charges of impersonating a police officer and disorderly conduct in a traffic confrontation. Polynice was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $500 in fines and get counseling.

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