Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls' all-star guard out since Nov. 5 with a broken foot, will miss at least the next four weeks and possibly the rest of the basketball season.
"I listened to the advice of the three doctors I consulted, and in what is an emotional decision, I have decided that the best course of action is not to play until I go through another examination in four weeks," Jordan said last night.
"My attorneys with ProServ of Washington, D.C. ," Jordan said, "had no part in this decision . . . . "
Jordan said earlier in the week he intended to come back by Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers.
"We believe Michael has made the correct decision," Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said last night. "His future career is much more important to us than winning games now." 76ers 106, Bulls 98
Maurice Cheeks scored eight points in the final period to cut short a Chicago rally as Philadelphia won at home.
Cheeks, who finished with 21 points and eight assists, made a field goal and four free throws around a basket by Chicago's Sidney Green to provide breathing room at 96-88 with 4:03 left. Lakers 126, Suns 100
Los Angeles, looking to bounce back from a 24-point defeat the previous night in Oakland, went to one of its lesser lights to get going in Phoenix. Mike McGee, usually a substitute, scored 15 points in the first quarter on his way to a season-high 34 and the Lakers rolled to their 38th victory in 50 games. Mavericks 117, Nuggets 110
In Dallas, Denver lost center Wayne Cooper with a leg injury early in the first period and the Mavericks' Sam Perkins scored six of his 17 points during a decisive 12-2 run late in the fourth.
"I don't know what happened, but I took a jump shot from the outside, and I came down and took a step backwards and heard something snap," Cooper said. "The doctor says I have a torn calf muscle. I don't know how long I'll be out." Pistons 113, Knicks 99
Bill Laimbeer scored 21 points and Kelly Tripucka 19 as Detroit beat New York, minus Patrick Ewing, in Pontiac, Mich. With rookie all-star center Ewing out with a sore right knee, the Pistons took charge with a 24-8 run to a 49-35 lead. Bucks 103, Pacers 97
Milwaukee rallied from 18 points behind in the third period at Indianapolis, although all-star guard Sidney Moncrief missed the game with a sore left knee. Indiana, for its part, came from seven points down with an 8-0 run to a 97-96 lead with 1:25 to play. The Bucks answered with a closing 7-0 run.