CHILDS OUT: New York Knicks guard Chris Childs fractured his left eye socket when he was elbowed by San Antonio's David Robinson on Sunday night in an exhibition game at Syracuse, the team announced Monday.
Terming the injury a minimally displaced fracture of the left orbit, the Knicks said Childs would be sidelined for a week and then re-evaluated. If he is cleared to play, he will wear a protective mask.Childs is the second Knicks point guard to be sidelined during the exhibition season. Backup Charlie Ward, who has a slight stress fracture of the lower right leg, is expected to be in playing condition by the start of the regular season.
Two other Knicks were hobbled by injuries heading into Monday night's exhibition game against New Jersey because of injuries. Pete Myers had a strained right hamstring and Buck Williams had a strained right groin.
In addition, Patrick Ewing sat out because coach Jeff Van Gundy didn't want to use him in back-to-back games, and second-year forward Dontae' Jones missed his second straight game due to undisclosed personal reasons.
WIZARDS WAIVE SHACKLE-FORD: The Washington Wizards waived Charles Shackle-ford on Monday, less than a week after the center-forward was signed to a free-agent contract.
Shackleford played three minutes with no points in Saturday's exhibition game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Shackleford averaged 5.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game over five seasons - two each with the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers and one with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Shackleford, 31, hadn't played since May, before having knee surgery to relieve arthritis he incurred during a season in Greece, where he led the league in rebounding.
TRAYLOR DISAPPOINTED OVER FISHER'S DEPARTURE: Robert Traylor, who chose to return to Michigan rather than enter the NBA draft last spring, said one of the big factors in his decision was the opportunity to play again for Steve Fisher.
In the wake of Fisher's dismissal as coach, the 6-foot-8, 300-pound center is having second thoughts.
"I'm terribly disappointed that coach Fisher isn't going to be here," Traylor told The Blade newspaper of Toledo, Ohio, in a report published today. "I told the coach the only reason I came back was because of him and my teammates. Now he's gone. It was like losing a family member."
Traylor said he and other players were hoping Wolverines assistant Brian Dutcher would be chosen interim head coach, although athletic director Tom Goss already has given that job to another assistant, Brian Ellerbe.
Playing for anyone but Fisher will be difficult, Traylor told the Blade.
"At least for the season, I think it will be a lot easier bringing a new guy in at the end of the season than at the start of the season," he said. "Then he will have time to be with the players and we'll get to know each other. Right now we're five days away from our first practice.
"All in all, I think it's a thing of respect. Nobody can just come in front of you and say, `You're going to give me respect.' I think respect is earned. Coach Fisher and the guys who worked under him earned our respect."