Press Box: Clippers' Paul has thumb surgery

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul had surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, the team announced.
The injury occurred last month while Team USA was practicing in Las Vegas.
Paul is expected to be out of action for about eight weeks. That means he's likely to miss all of training camp and all preseason games, but may be ready to play in the Clippers' regular-season opener Oct. 31 against Memphis.
Despite the injury, Paul played and started all eight games for Team USA in the Olympics, helping the team to a gold medal.

---Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov referred to his new cross-town counterpart James Dolan of the Knicks as "that little man" in New York Magazine.
In the article describing the Nets marketing plan and approach to their brand accompanying a move from New Jersey to Brooklyn for the 2012 season, the focus is on whether the Nets can consistently fill the Barclays Center and establish Brooklyn as a glimmering borough of basketball hope.
The article reads: "Prokhorov told me back in December that he plans on attending a quarter of the regular-season games and 'all the playoff ones.' He also made sure that I heard him call Dolan 'that little man.'"

---Central Florida senior shooting guard Marcus Jordan has decided not to play basketball this season, weeks after the NCAA announced a postseason ban for the team.
The school said Jordan's decision had little to do with the penalties imposed by the NCAA.
The youngest son of Michael Jordan averaged 13.7 points and 2.4 assists per game last season.
Two other players -- Cliff Reed and Josh Crittle -- decided to leave the program.

---A professional tennis referee who was scheduled to work at the U.S. Open was arrested in New York on Tuesday for allegedly killing her husband by beating him with a coffee mug, multiple media outlets reported.
Lois Ann Goodman, 70, was charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office with the April 17 killing of her husband, 80-year-old Alan Goodman, at their home in Woodland Hills, Calif., according to Reuters.

---Mike Fisher signed a two-year contract extension with the Nashville Predators, the team announced. The deal is for $8.4 million. Fisher would have been an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 season.