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Nuggets give Rodman, 43, chance at comeback

Dennis Rodman is thinking about a comeback, and the Nuggets are giving him a shot.

The 43-year-old former NBA rebounding champion briefly participated in a pickup game at the Nuggets facility earlier this week but cut it short because of an ingrown toenail.

General manager Kiki Vandeweghe told Rodman he was welcome to return once the injury heals. Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, told the Denver Post that Rodman hopes to work out again next week.

Rodman hasn't played in the NBA since the 1999-2000 season.

HEAT: Ron Rothstein rejoined the team as an assistant, 16 years after serving as its first head coach. He coached the expansion Heat to a 15-67 record in 1988-89 and was fired after the 1990-91 season with a three-year mark of 57-189. He was an assistant last season with the Indiana Pacers.


NEW YORK _ The Detroit Shock's bid for a second straight championship is looking anything but easy. They're without leading scorer Swin Cash, and they needed a win on the last day of the regular season to grab the final playoff berth.

Under coach Bill Laimbeer, the Shock engineered a worst-to-first turnaround a year ago. They went back to struggling this season, winding up 17-17 by closing with three straight victories.

Detroit hosts the New York Liberty in Game 1 as the postseason starts tonight. Los Angeles is at Sacramento in the night's other game, while the other series begin Saturday: Connecticut at Washington, and Seattle at Minnesota.

Cash is sidelined for the playoffs with a torn ligament in her left knee suffered on Sept. 11. She was sixth in the league in scoring average at 16.4 points and averaged 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 32 games.

The Liberty (18-16) also finished the season with three wins to be seeded No. 2 in the Eastern Conference, one year after missing the playoffs for just the second time. Pat Coyle replaced the fired Richie Adubato as head coach in July after New York lost eight of nine games to drop to 7-9.