Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton could be sidelined for up to a month after tearing his plantar fascia, CSNChicago.com reported.
"It's getting a little better every day," he told CSNChicago.com of his foot injury. "I'm really working hard on it. I'm trying to get flexibility, trying to get the swelling and blood that's in there down, things like that, so every day it gets better. The good thing about it is there hasn't been a setback or anything like that. They [Bulls' medical staff] said four weeks, but they said that I can probably come back before that. Everybody's body's different. It's just one of those things where you just want to try to get better every day."
Hamilton is averaging 13.9 points a game, second on the team, and hitting 37.5 percent of his three-point shots.
He is particularly important to the team's offense until Derrick Rose returns from his knee injury.
-- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Barry Michaelson also told Rodman that he might be put in prison if he does not pay the money, according to the report, and Dennis and Michelle Rodman must still work out the terms of the custody and visitation rights for their two children.
A Jan. 24 trial has been scheduled to settle those issues.
-- Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol remained sidelined because of tendinitis in both knees for Friday's game against Oklahoma City.
Gasol had sat out the previous two games with knee pain that has persisted since training camp.
Gasol is averaging 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
---The Cleveland Cavaliers sent forward Jon Leuer to Canton of the NBA Development League on Friday.
Leuer averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in five games this season for the Cavs.