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A knee injury keeps Seikaly home

Heat center Rony Seikaly didn't travel with the team to New Orleans for tonight's game with the Orlando Magic at the Superdome because of tendinitis in his left knee, the team said.

Instead, Seikaly had a precautionary MRI and bone scan Friday. Both tests were negative.

Seikaly decided to stay in Miami and undergo therapy rather than accompany the team for its final preseason game.

Karl: Happier in CBA

SEATTLE _ SuperSonics coach George Karl says he was happier coaching in the Continental Basketball Association.

He says battling for the attention of players with colossal salaries and even bigger egos has made him weary.

"I'm not going to deny that I don't understand what they're thinking sometimes," he said.

Because of the huge money that is being paid to players, coaching is an unrewarding profession now because the game and its millionaire players are being pulled in too many different directions, he said.

Karl, 43, said he finds himself thinking back to the five seasons he spent as a CBA head coach with Albany and Montana. He said it won't be long before he walks away from the NBA.

"I'm out of here in a few years, I bet," Karl said. "I'm out of here and coaching somewhere else: college, back in Europe, maybe the CBA."

Oakley plays Cinderella

BEAVERTON, Ore. _ Charles Oakley has gone toe-to-toe with Charles Barkley and Bill Laimbeer and come out unharmed, earning a reputation for being one of the league's tough guys who never misses a game.

But his toes are getting tender treatment now.

Oakley, the New York Knicks forward, needs special shoes to relieve the pain of a dislocated toe.

Enter Nike Inc., whose shoe developers put him through tests at corporate headquarters.

"Better give me another contract for this," Oakley joked before he was sent on a test run on a rubberized surface in a Nike laboratory.

Oakley has been in constant pain on the court because of a dislocation of the second smallest toe on his right foot. He missed New York's past two games, ending a streak of playing in more than 250 consecutive games.

"I try not to think about pain," he said. "But I'm not doing what I was doing last year on the court. I'm not getting a lot of lift right now."

Injuries wreck Warriors

OAKLAND _ The Warriors will enter another season more star-crossed than star-studded with starting forwards Chris Mullin and Billy Owens out for the Nov.

4 opener in San Antonio.

The bad news came in waves Thursday. The team found out in the morning that Mullin would be out six to eight weeks. He sustained a chipped bone and a sprained ligament in his left knee, and strained his left hamstring in the third quarter of victory against Portland.

Doctors determined later that Owens would be out two weeks. He strained his left hamstring in the second quarter of that game.

Tim Hardaway, who sprained his left wrist against the Trail Blazers, provided the only positive note. X-rays were negative and he joined the team midway through practice with the wrist taped.

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