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Injury will keep O'Neal out of opener

Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, still bothered by an abdominal strain, will miss Friday's season opener against the Utah Jazz.

O'Neal has been receiving physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication. He will be re-evaluated by Dr. Steve Lombardo on Monday, team spokesman John Black said.

The former Magic star strained his abdominal muscle Oct. 3, the first day of preseason drills, then aggravated it Oct. 22 in a game against the Nuggets. He missed the final three preseason games.

GRIZZLIES MAKE TWO TRADES: Vancouver acquired F Tony Massenburg from the Celtics and F Sam Mack from the Rockets. Boston, which also sent a future second-round draft pick, got second-year F Roy Rogers. Houston got a second-round pick. Litterial Green, David Booth and Alan Ogg were waived.

FUNDERBURKE SUSPENDED: Kings F Lawrence Funderburke was suspended without pay for one game and fined $2,500 by the league for leaving the bench Friday during a fight against the Pacers. He will miss the season opener Saturday at Vancouver.

BUCKS: C Acie Earl was waived to cut the roster to 13. C Andrew Lang (torn finger tendon) will start the season on the injured list.

HAWKS: F Matt Stigenga was released to cut the roster to 13.

TRAIL BLAZERS: G/F Jamal Robinson and F Terrell Bell were waived to cut the roster to 15. F Gary Trent (sore leg) likely will start the season on the injured list. G Isaiah Rider will sit out the first two games even though an arbitrator has not ruled on his league-imposed suspension. If the suspension is overturned next month, Rider can recoup lost salary. He pleaded no contest in California to misdemeanor charges of possession of illegal cellular phones and was convicted of marijuana possession in Oregon.

TIMBERWOLVES: Minnesota waived G Chris Collins, whose father, Doug, is the Pistons' coach.

WIZARDS: G Tim Legler, who played in only 15 games last season because of an injured right knee, will start this season as he did the last _ on the injured list. The new problem is a pulled right hamstring, aggravated Saturday. "Hopefully it won't be more than a few weeks," he said.

Legler, 30, played with five teams before finding a home in Washington in 1995. He averaged a career-high 9.4 points in 77 games and won the three-point shooting contest at the All-Star Game, but his breakthrough season ended when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament with three games left.

SPIKE SAYS IT'S SO: Filmmaker Spike Lee, a passionate Knicks fan, is working on cable TV ads for the Lakers but insists he's not sleeping with the enemy.

"Hey, I like the Lakers the best of any team in the West. I have no qualms about offering my services to other teams in the NBA besides the Knicks," he told Daily Variety.

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