Isaiah Rider missed the Atlanta Hawks' team flight to Detroit after questioning his teammates' desire to win following a 116-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
The Hawks played the Pacers yesterday afternoon in Atlanta, then traveled for tonight's game against the Pistons. Team spokesman Arthur Triche confirmed that Rider was not on the flight.
Rider went on an expletive-laced diatribe following the 27-point loss to the Pacers.
"People don't care, man," Rider said. "I'm tired of this laughing and giggling. We're losing. I care. . . . I want to win."
Rider entered the game averaging 23.3 points per game--eighth-best in the NBA and easily the best of his seven-year career--but said those numbers mean little compared to the Hawks' 11-17 record.
Atlanta, which fell eight games back of Central Division-leading Indiana, has lost five of six and eight of 10. Rider played last season for a Portland team that advanced to the Western Conference finals.
JAZZ 101, GRIZZLIES 90: Karl Malone dominated a key stretch of the fourth quarter and scored 29 points to lead Utah at home.
"[The Jazz] are a bunch of old dogs, but they are a bunch of smart old dogs," said Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins. "We have to learn from teams like this."
Utah Coach Jerry Sloan joined Red Auerbach (795 wins with Boston) and Red Holzman (613 with New York) as the only coaches to win 600 games with one NBA franchise.
PISTONS 91, BULLS 77: Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 points, Grant Hill finished with 20 and a rare technical foul and the visiting Pistons got 21 points off 29 Chicago turnovers.
The Bulls were five turnovers shy of the team record for a regulation game as they lost their ninth straight.
"I don't know why we turned it over," said Dickey Simpkins, who had six miscues. "If we cut those turnovers in half, we would have won."
KINGS 113, SUPERSONICS 104: Chris Webber scored 31 points and Darrick Martin added 21 as Sacramento ended a four-game road losing streak.
Seattle's Brent Barry was called for a flagrant foul when he fouled his older brother, Jon, on a breakaway.
"I'll get him when we get home tonight," Jon Barry said.
76ERS 97, WARRIORS 94: In Oakland, Calif., Allen Iverson scored 34 points, including nine in the final 4:20 on "Wilt Chamberlain Night."
Larry Brown got his 700th career NBA coaching victory.
The game was marked by halftime ceremonies honoring Chamberlain, whose No. 13 jersey was retired by the Warriors. The Hall of Famer became the first player in NBA history to have his jersey retired by three teams. The 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers also have retired the jersey of the basketball legend, who died Oct. 12.
HEAT 109, MAGIC 106: In Orlando, rookie Anthony Carter scored the game's final four points. Carter, filling in as the injured Tim Hardaway missed his 17th straight game, finished with 21 points and a team-high nine assists.
HORNETS 109, BUCKS 105: Derrick Coleman had a season-high 27 points to lead host Charlotte.
"They came up big with a lot of energy and intensity," Milwaukee Coach George Karl said of the Hornets. "They simply outhustled us."
LAKERS 103, SUNS 87: Shaquille O'Neal had 27 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocked shots to lead host Los Angeles to its 10th straight win.