Hornets F Derrick Coleman could face criminal charges for allegedly urinating in the dining room of a popular downtown restaurant in Detroit.

The 6-foot-9 Detroit native allegedly relieved himself early Saturday in front of dozens of diners at Intermezzo Italian Ristorante, Police Chief Benny Napoleon said. Coleman's attorney, Harold MacDonald, told the Detroit Free Press, "The story is totally wrong."

MacDonald said Coleman was in the bar with boxer Thomas Hearns and Pacers G Jalen Rose when he spilled a drink on his pants and stood to wipe it off. MacDonald said an employee thought Coleman was urinating and notified the manager, the Free Press reported.

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The Clippers re-signed Tyrone Nesby, matching the three-year, $8.9 million offer the 6-6 forward received from the Spurs. . . .

The Nets agreed to a one-year contract with free agent F Scott Burrell and a multiyear contract with rookie Evan Eschmeyer. . . .

The Bucks re-signed G Haywoode Workman to a one-year contract.