ONLY IN AMERICA: The Trail Blazers fined G Drazen Petrovic $500 for telling the Oregonian newspaper he was being treated unfairly and wanted more playing time, threatening to quit unless traded. Portland says it wants the Yugoslavian, in his second NBA season, to stay and was unhappy he went public with his problems.

"We don't handle things that way," Coach Rick Adelman said of Petrovic's comments to the newspaper. "He was told if he had a problem, come to me. He didn't do that. We can take care of our stuff in house.

"I don't have a problem with a guy saying he wants more playing time. But saying he wanted to get it or he was going to go home, that's not right."

"I was a little surprised," Petrovic said. "I know you cannot say anything in Yugoslavia, but I didn't know it was this way in America.

"I didn't say anything bad about the organization. I just expressed my feelings. I didn't know I could be fined for that."

WOUNDED WARRIOR: Warriors G Mitch Richmond, averaging 24.9 points per game, has been placed on the injured list after fracturing the knuckle on his left thumb late in Thursday's game against the Bulls. He will miss 10 to 14 days.

DAWKINS SURGERY: 76ers G Johnny Dawkins, hurt Nov. 8, had reconstructive surgery on his right knee and will need nine to 12 months of rehabilitation, trainer Tony Harris said. Philadelphia signed free agent G Jim Farmer.