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Hornets Suspend Jackson for Not Reporting After Trade

Thursday, December 30, 2004; Page D04

New Orleans suspended Jim Jackson indefinitely yesterday for not reporting to the team two days after he was acquired from Houston in a trade.

Hornets Coach Byron Scott suspected Jackson would not show up as scheduled after speaking with him by phone shortly after the trade brought the 13-year veteran to the worst team the league.

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"He basically didn't want to start over. He wants to have a chance to win a championship just like 200 other players in this league," Scott said.

Jackson, 34, was averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds this season with Houston -- a team that at 13-15 has played below expectations but nonetheless stands a much better chance of making the playoffs than the Hornets, who are 2-26.

BOBCATS ACTIVATE WHITE: Charlotte activated C Jahidi White and placed F Jamal Sampson on the injured list.

White went on the injured list Dec. 4 with a shoulder injury. He has appeared in eight games, averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds.

WARD HAS KNEE SURGERY: Rockets G Charlie Ward will miss at least six weeks after having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

Ward, 34, had surgery yesterday. The procedure to repair a torn lateral meniscus was performed by James Andrews in Birmingham.

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