Injuries continue to take a toll on several NBA teams, most notably New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace, who will undergo surgery on his broken foot that likely will sideline him for the remainder of the regular season, according to multiple reports on Wednesday..
X-rays discovered that Wallace has a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot, which had kept him off the court since Dec. 15. The Knicks had listed his status as day to day for the past two months. His expected recovery time is eight weeks, which would extend through the end of the regular season, but the 38-year-old veteran could be back for the first round of the playoffs in April.
The Knicks are hopeful that injured big man Marcus Camby (foot) is close to returning.
In other injury news, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving missed Wednesday's game against Toronto on Wednesday, the second straight game Irving has sat out with a hyperextended right knee. He remains day to day with the injury. Also, Cavs guard Daniel Gibson has returned to the team after attending to a personal matter.
Lastly, New Orleans rookie Anthony Davis is again dealing with an injury, this time a left shoulder sprain suffered Tuesday against Brooklyn. Davis did not make the trip with the Hornetsfor Wednesday's game at New Orleans.
In other NBA news:
---Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert continues to wait for word from the NBA about a possible suspension after his altercation with Golden State players during Tuesday night's game. Hibbert extended an apology after Wednesday's practice for his involvement in the incident that took place in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
In the fourth quarter, Hibbert got into a shoving match with Warriors center David Lee and guard Stephen Curry that spilled into the courtside seats. Hibbert received two technicals and was ejected. Hibbert said he spoke with league officials on Wednesday to present his side. A one-game suspension is possible, but the NBA did not indicate when an announcement will be made.
---After increased criticism, Miami Heat star LeBron James has abandoned his pregame dunking routine that he has abandoned his acrobatic display. James said his intention wasn't to be a distraction with the high-flying dunks but to entertain fans. Apparently, some critics have taken exception to his refusal to participate in the NBA's dunk contest during All-Star weekend.
James' act has become somewhat of a spectacle. Fans arrive early in Miami to watch and record James' exploits in the layup line before games. He also has gotten teammates involved. The Heat is now streaming video of his dunks on the team website.
In other NBA news:
---Philadelphia coach Doug Collins minced no words when it came to describing the effort of the 76ers after a loss to Orlando. The 76ers have lost six straight games and all four games since the NBA All-Star break, prompting Collins to question the players' mind-set and saying he was baffled as to why the team is struggling.
"I gave my body to this franchise (as a player for the 76ers)," Collins said. "I was never booed as a player, never. I ran through my sneakers. There cannot be a game where you just go out and don't put your heart and soul into the game. We had an off-day, we've been on the All-Star break -- there's no reason for that, none."
After the 98-84 loss to Orlando, the Sixers (22-33) fell 11 games below .500 with a team expected to contend this season in the Atlantic Division.
---The decision to fire Mike Brown early this season as Los Angeles Lakers coach and the offseason acquisitions of center Dwight Howard and guard Steve Nash were prompted by the urgency of trying to win a championship for owner Jerry Buss.
With Buss' health deteriorating, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said there was a feeling that the moves were necessary to help bring Buss an 11th NBA title. The Lakers were 1-4 when Brown was fired and later replaced by Mike D'Antoni.
"If we would've waited another month, we could've turned it around, or we could've been 2-12," Kupchak said. "We just didn't want to wait. And that's because we feel our best chance to win is this year and next year."
Buss died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer.