Heat C Rony Seikaly has a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament of his right knee, not a tear or other serious injury that had been feared. He was hurt Thursday in a game at Denver and will miss three to four weeks.


First Harvey, now Horace. Joe Dumars is taking nothing for granted.

Dumars, the Pistons' all-star guard, was fined by the NBA for the second time this month for fighting one of the Grant twins.

Dumars was hit with a $1,000 fine for starting a fight with Horace Grant on Christmas Day in Chicago, and Horace was fined $2,500 for retaliating.

On Dec. 1, Dumars retaliated when Harvey Grant of the Bullets started a fight at Capital Centre. Two days later, the NBA got Dumars for $1,000, Harvey for $4,000.

The latest round of fines stemmed from an incident with 3:05 left when Dumars threw an elbow into Horace Grant's stomach as the Bulls' Scottie Pippen was moving the ball upcourt. Grant returned it with a right hand to the stomach.

The NBA also fined Detroit G Isiah Thomas, for a fight in another game. Thomas got a $1,500 penalty for punching Hawks rookie Trevor Wilson on Dec. 21.


Los Angeles real estate developer Jonathan Bloch, son of former Suns owner Richard Bloch, says he's negotiating to purchase the Rockets from Charlie Thomas.

Thomas said before the season started that he wasn't actively seeking to sell the franchise, but would listen to attractive offers.

"It's like having a used car that you're really fond of," said Thomas, who owns 23 car dealerships.


Maurice Cheeks, who sustained a bruised windpipe on Nov. 28, was activated from the injured list by the Knicks. G Greg Grant was placed on the injured list.


Indiana has hired former Pacers forward Billy Knight as the team's second assistant coach. He had been the team's assistant community relations director. . . . The 76ers signed G Mario Elie to a 10-day contract.