Washington Wizards Coach Doug Collins yesterday raised the possibility that leading scorer Jerry Stackhouse, out with a pulled left groin, could miss more than the next two or three games, as was initially diagnosed.
"The doctor told me he'll look at him Saturday and he'll have a better handle on how long he'll be out," Collins said. "It could be a week or could be up to three weeks to a month. . . . That's how seasons change."
Stackhouse injured his groin roughly two weeks ago and it got progressively worse as he tried to play through it. On Monday, after an examination and MRI, it was thought he would be out a week. Stackhouse said he hoped to be back sooner than a week but Collins said that was out of the question.
Brown, Haywood Snubbed
Wizards big men Kwame Brown and Brendan Haywood were not selected to the Rookie Challenge on all-star weekend, when the NBA's top rookies face the top second-year players. Haywood played in the game last season after being named the rookie of the month in December. To the chagrin of Brown and Haywood, Chicago's Tyson Chandler made the team, raising a few eyebrows in the Wizards' locker room.
"From what I've heard, all those guys deserve to make the team," Haywood said. "There's one guy there I'm pretty skeptical of. I'm not going to name him, but other than that all the rest of the guys deserve to be on there. Everybody deserves to be on there, except for maybe one guy."
Hill Still Hobbled
Magic forward Grant Hill, who has missed 12 games this season with recurring problems with his surgically repaired left ankle, has played in Orlando's last two games.
Hill started last night in the Magic's 108-93 loss to the Wizards and had two points in 12 first-half minutes, but could not return after halftime because of pain in his ankle.
He said he recently had a strip of cushion added to the outside of his left gym shoe that left him "sore free."