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Sprewell punished for not telling team about injury

Posted: Monday October 07, 2002 12:28 PM

Updated: Monday October 07, 2002 1:38 PM

Latrell Sprewell doesn't know when he'll be allowed to join the team. Doug Pensinger/Allsport

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Latrell Sprewell was fined $250,000 Monday by the New York Knicks, who also told him to stay away from the team until he can make "a positive contribution."

Sprewell was punished for failing to tell the team that he injured his shooting hand two weeks before training camp started. He had surgery last week and is out at least six weeks.

Knicks president Scott Layden met with Sprewell for 20 minutes at the team's practice facility Monday. Sprewell told team officials he broke his hand when he tripped and fell on his yacht.

Layden emphasized that Sprewell was not officially suspended, but no time frame was given for the four-time All-Star's return to the team.

"He has a responsibility to let us know. He had an obligation to do that," said Madison Square Garden president Steve Mills, who also met with Sprewell, along with coach Don Chaney.

Sprewell left practice without speaking to reporters. Layden described him as "upset" by the punishment.


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