Kemp hit with drug charges in Houston

Published July 22, 2006

Shawn Kemp was arrested andcharged Friday with possession of marijuana, the latest drug-related trouble for the former NBA All-Star.

Kemp, 36, was arrested following a traffic stop for driving without a license plate shortly after midnight Friday.

An officer with the Harris County Sheriff's Department pulled Kemp over and said he noticed the smell of burning marijuana coming from Kemp's vehicle.

The officer later found less than 2 ounces of the illegal drug in Kemp's possession. The six-time All-Star was released from the Harris County Jail after posting a $500 cash bond and faces a July 28 court appearance.

Kemp checked into a rehabilitation clinic for cocaine use in 2001. In April 2005, he was arrested for possessing small amounts of cocaine and marijuana in his truck.

After 14 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic, Kemp retired from the league in 2003 and now lives in Houston.

LAKERS: Center Chris Mihm will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to have scar tissue removed from his right ankle.

Mihm should be able to return to the court in four to six weeks, and be fully recovered by the start of training camp. He first injured the ankle in the final seconds of a game against Seattle on March 12. He sat out the next 17 games, then returned to play 14 minutes in the regular-season finale against New Orleans on April 19.

He was unable to play in the Lakers' first-round playoff series against Phoenix.

Mihm averaged a career-high 10.2 points, with 6.3 rebounds and 1.24 blocks while appearing in 59 games last season.

SPURS: San Antonio signed center Jackie Butler.

The 6-foot-10-Butler was a restricted free agent who spent the last two seasons with the New York Knicks.

Last year, Butler played in 53 games, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes a game.

The Spurs have recently lost two centers, Rasho Nesterovic and Nazr Mohammed. Nesterovic was traded to the Toronto Raptors in June for forwards Matt Bonner and Eric Williams and a second-round pick in 2009. Mohammed signed with the Detroit Pistons earlier this week.

Butler started the 2004-05 season in the CBA before being signed as a free agent by the Knicks in February 2005.


DETROIT 73, SPARKS 59: Swin Cash scored 18 points, Cheryl Ford added 13 points and 11 rebounds, as Detroit snapped Los Angeles' six-game winning streak with a 73-59 victory.

The Shock led by as many as 18 points in the first half and avenged an 86-78 loss at Los Angeles in June. The Sparks were starting an eight-game road trip.

Chamique Holdsclaw led the Sparks with 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Lisa Leslie, who entered the game averaging 20.9 points, had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Deanna Nolan had 13 points and six assists, and Katie Smith added 10 points and six assists for Detroit.

A crowd of 8,174 watched the first WNBA game played at Van Andel Arena.

WASHINGTON 80, SAN ANTONIO 77: Alana Beard scored 18 points and blocked a last-second 3-point attempt by Shanna Zolman that could have tied the game, preserving the Mystics' victory.

Washington led by 14 points early in the fourth quarter before San Antonio rallied.

San Antonio had a chance to even its home record at .500 for the first time this season. The Silver Stars have lost four of their last five games and fell back into a fourth-place tie with Seattle in the Western Conference, with Phoenix just a half-game back for the final playoff spot.

Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored 19 points and was 5-of-7 from 3-point range for San Antonio.