Johan Cruyff, still recuperating from groin surgery, will not travel with his Washington Diplomat teammates to the West Coast for games Wednesday and Saturday against Portland and California.
Coach Ken Furphy said yesterday he talked with Cruyff Sunday night and the two decided it would be better for Cruyff, 34, to rest and receive treatment rather than "wasting all that time this weekend sitting on airplanes."
"It's absolutely necessary that Johan is ready to play at 100 percent against Toronto and Montreal when we return home," Furphy said. The Dips (10-10), who lead improving Montreal by only four points (86-82) in the race for second place in the Eastern Division, play the fourth-place Blizzard on July 15 and the Manic on July 19.
"Johan's injury has been a little worse than he thought," Furphy said. "We are disappointed, but what can I say? It's true that these two road games are important, but those home games, both against division opponents, are doubly important."
Cruyff has played 25 minutes since joining the team last Tuesday. He sat out Saturday's game against Seattle after deciding the rain-soaked grass at RFK Stadium was too slippery to play on and risk reinjuring himself.
The Dips, who have lost seven of their last nine games, need a victory Wednesday to keep from falling below .500 for the first time since the season opener.