LATEST DREAM TEAMERS: Glen Rice of the Charlotte Hornets is a deadly 3-point shooter from the NBA distance of 23 feet, 9 inches. Next summer, he'll find out how much better he can be from a lot closer to the hoop.
Rice was one of 10 players chosen Thursday by USA Basketball to represent the United States in the World Championships July 29 through Aug. 9 at Athens, Greece.International rules permit zone defenses, which are barred in the NBA, and place the 3-point line at 20 feet, 6 inches.
"It will be a lot of fun exploring the zone," said Rice, whose outside shooting destroyed a few of them when he played his college ball at Michigan. "I don't think teams will play too many zones against us."
Joining Rice will be Vin Baker and Gary Payton, both of the Seattle SuperSonics, Terrell Brandon of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kevin Garnett and Tom Gugliotta, both of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons, Allan Houston of the New York Knicks, Christian Laettner of the Atlanta Hawks and Chris Webber of the Washington Wizards.
Two more players will be added next spring to complete the roster.
SIMMONS RETIRES: Kings forward Lionel Simmons retired after struggling to recover from two knee surgeries.
Simmons, who averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in his seven-year career, did not participate in training camp or the preseason, after team doctors ordered him to undergo additional rehabilitation on his right knee.
NETS' MOVES: Forwards Jack Haley and Don MacLean and guard Steve Henson were placed on the injured list by the New Jersey Nets on Thursday, the day before the opening of the season.
Henson has a broken left ring finger, Haley has a strained right calf muscle, and MacLean has tendinitis in his knee.
Rookie Keith Van Horn, the second overall pick in the NBA draft, will be on the roster for the start of the season, but is not expected to play for a couple of weeks because of a badly sprained right ankle.
CLIPPERS' MOVES: Los Angeles Clippers rookie guard James Collins was placed on the injured list Thursday with a strained lower back.
Collins averaged 2.9 points and 5.4 minutes in seven preseason games.
'SIXERS MOVES: Already short-handed for tonight's season opener, the Philadelphia 76ers placed three rookies on injured reserve to get down to the NBA's 12-player limit.
The move of Anthony Parker, Marko Milic and Kebu Stewart on Thursday, coupled with league-imposed one-game suspension of Allen Iverson, will leave the 'Sixers with only 11 active players for tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
SONICS WAIVE EHLO: The SuperSonics waived guard-forward Craig Ehlo, who signed a three-year contract before last season. Ehlo, 36, averaged 8.6 points in 14 seasons with Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Seattle.