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NBA briefs

March 27, 2003

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Tomjanovich takes leave for cancer treatment

Houston -- Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich knew what he had to do, for himself and the team: He is taking an indefinite leave to treat his bladder cancer.

The 54-year-old coach broke the news to his players Wednesday in an emotional team meeting. The Rockets are vying for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Tomjanovich missed the team's recent five-game road trip and had been expected to rejoin the team for Wednesday night's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Assistant Larry Smith will continue to coach the Rockets during Tomjanovich's absence.

Pacers want Hardaway

Indianapolis -- The Indiana Pacers are trying to sign Tim Hardaway in hopes of getting an experienced point guard for the rest of the season. The 36-year-old Hardaway, a five-time All-Star, has not played this season. He averaged 17.9 points and 8.3 assists in 12 seasons with Miami, Golden State, Denver and Dallas. Hardaway's agent, Henry Thomas, told ESPN he expected Hardaway to sign with the Pacers in the next few days.

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