The trials for the five Indiana players involved in the November brawl at the Pacers-Pistons game will begin Aug. 1, beginning with Ron Artest's.
Teammates Anthony Johnson, David Harrison, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson are to follow in that order. The players earlier were granted requests for separate trials on misdemeanor assault and battery charges.
Nine defendants charged in the melee at the Palace of Auburn Hills appeared in a Michigan court yesterday, and Judge Lisa Asadoorian scheduled seven separate trials this summer.
She granted a request by William Paulson and John Ackerman, two fans involved in the mayhem, to be tried first, on July 11. John Green, who prosecutors say sparked the brawl by lobbing a drink that struck Artest, will be tried along with David Wallace, brother of Pistons C Ben Wallace, on July 15.
JEFFERSON PRACTICES: F Richard Jefferson practiced with the Nets for the first time in nearly four months, two days before New Jersey takes on the Heat in the opening round of the playoffs.
"It feels good," Jefferson said. "It was kind of funny going on the court. Everybody was laughing and making fun of me. My wind wasn't as strong as I would like, but it was good."
Before he was injured Dec. 27 against Detroit, Jefferson averaged 22.2 points in 33 games.
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