As debuts go, John MacLeod's was a disaster, and at Madison Square Garden, yet.
The Orlando Magic brought a seven-game losing streak (and an 0-10 road record) into New York and won, 113-102, Tuesday night, to stick MacLeod with an 0-1 record as coach of the Knicks. And the boos flowed.
MacLeod remained upbeat.
"We're going to win at home and we're going to win on the road," the former Phoenix and Dallas coach said. "We just have to get untracked. But I like this team and I'm not going to get down on them after one game."
SO LONG, SMITTY:
G Charles Smith (Georgetown), who played 60 games for Boston last season, was waived off the Celtics' injured list, where they placed him in their final preseason cuts, saying he had a partially dislocated left shoulder. The return of Brian Shaw and advent of Dee Brown made Smith expendable. As a free-agent rookie, he averaged 2.9 ppg, 1.7 assists.
Heat waived G Milt Wagner (4.8 ppg) to activate rookie Keith Askins (Alabama), who hurt a heel in preseason. . . . Suns placed backup C Andrew Lang on injured list (bruised left arm); activated F Tim Perry (ankle sprain). . . . Clippers activated F Ken Norman (ankle sprain), cut F Cedric Ball. Norman was placed on the injured list Nov. 25, four days after suffering a sprained left ankle in the first quarter of the Clippers' game against New Jersey. The Clippers went 3-3 in the six games missed by Norman, who normally starts.
The Lakers attracted a sellout crowd of 17,505 Tuesday against Detroit for their first full house in nine Forum games this season. Last year, they sold out 36 of 41 dates, including the last 23 in a row.
Rick Adelman, whose Portland team won 11 in a row to start the season, is coach of the month for November. The third-year coach and the Trail Blazers were 12-1 for the 30 days.