Indiana guard Mark Jackson would just as soon see former teammate Patrick Ewing stay on the bench when the Pacers play the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
"It's nothing personal," Jackson said Monday. "I don't want him to risk a future injury by coming back if he's not 100 percent."
Jackson and the Pacers also would rather not see Ewing's 20.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game on the court.
The teams begin their best-of-seven series here tonight. Ewing, who hasn't played since he broke his right wrist on Dec. 20 and had surgery, has had limited practice recently but has not received medical clearance to play.
"If he gets clearance to play, he'll play. If he doesn't, he won't," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "If he's going to play, he'll be in uniform. He's not playing (today). Whether he plays in the series at all is up in the air."
CAVS: Forward Danny Ferry needs surgery to remove damaged cartilage from both knees, the team said. Ferry, who averaged 4.2 points last season and played 10 scoreless minutes in the playoffs, will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday.
BUSINESS: David Falk, who represents Michael Jordan and dozens of other NBA players, is selling his powerful sports agency to SFX Entertainment Inc. for $100-million. SFX said Falk and agency co-founder Curtis Polk will remain at the agency as part of the deal.
The New England Blizzard acquired the No. 3 pick in today's draft by sending guard Deanna Tate to the Long Beach StingRays. The StingRays also received New England's first-round pick, No. 7 overall. The draft will take place at San Jose Arena.
Lifetime television said it will use all-female production and on-air crews for its telecasts this season. The network's first telecast is June 11 between the New York Liberty and the Cleveland Rockers. Michele Tafoya, an on-air personality at CBS, returns as play-by-play announcer.