FOX FACES EXTENDED RECOVERY
* Rick Fox had his season-ending torn tendon in his left foot examined in New York on Friday by Dr. Jonathan DeLand. The news was not good for the Lakers' veteran small forward. The exam showed another tendon to be partially damaged and Fox expects it wll be six to nine months, maybe even a year, before he plays again, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
The Daily News story cited two other pro athletes -- Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars and former Yankee Chili Davis -- that have had similar surgeries to what Fox, soon to be 34, will require.
"I've come to grips with the fact that things don't necessarily have to change with me as a baskeball player but may," Fox told the paper. "Now the challenge is, how stubborn am I, in that I don't want them to change. But at the same time, not risking my health as an individual in life."
Fox hopes to have surgery within two weeks and does not intend to rush the rehab process.
BROWN, CRAWLEY TRADED
* After being acquired in the WNBA's recent dispersal draft by the Indiana Fever, Sylvia Crawley (6-5, C/F) was sent to San Antonio last Thursday.
Coretta Brown (5-9, G), another former UNC star, was also part of the deal. Brown was San Antonio's first-round draft selection (11th overall) last week, but following the trade will start her pro career in Indiana.
Crawley is in her fourth pro season, and averaged 9.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during three seasons in Portland. "Sylvia is a player that had a lot of success against us," San Antonio coach Candi Harvey told the San Antonio Express-News. "You look at her stats and she also played well against Los Angeles and Sacramento."
OVERSEAS PLAYOFF UPDATES ...
* Ed Cota (Zalgiris Kaunas) begins a best-of-five series today against Lietuvos Rytas for the Lithuanian League (LKL) championship.
Both teams finished the season at 33-3, with Lietuvos Rytas claiming homecourt advantage with a point differential tiebreaker.
* Kris Lang, with Anwil Wloclawek in Poland, scored 19 (7-11 FG, 5-7 FT, 8 rebounds) and 12 points as Anwil took a 2-0 lead in quarterfinal round (best-of-five) PLK playoff action. Game three is set for May 10.
* J.R. Reid (Leon Casa Espana) has a decisive fifth game scheduled for May 7 in Spain's LEB playoffs. The veteran Reid is battling Brazilian rising star Tiago Splitter (18, 6-10, PF/SF) in that series.
* Henrik Rodl is bidding for another German League title with ALBA Berlin. Rodl had nine points yesterday in a 20-point win to take a 1-0 lead in best-of-five first round play.