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NBA REVENUE DROPS: Attendance is up but revenues are down, commissioner David Stern said Thursday at an NBA Board of Governors meeting.

Stern declined to give specific figures but said many of the teams reported a drop in revenue.

"We're still in a negative position, but obviously that's not true of every team," he said after two days of meetings with the league's 30 franchise holders. "Overall, the league remains in a negative position, in a negative cash position."

Attendance, however, was its highest level since the 1997-98 season — the final one before the 1998-99 lockout. Arenas were at 89 percent of capacity, and the NBA averaged 17,050 fans a game — fourth-highest in league history.

O'NEILL RIPS RAPTORS: His job status shaky, Toronto Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill questioned the team's commitment to winning on Thursday.

"There needs to be a singular focus on winning and winning only," O'Neill said, a day after the Raptors finished 33-49 in his first season.

"There are too many things that go on that detract from winning. There's too many people around the players. There's too many latchers-on. There's too many personal agendas, too many vendettas."

HUDSON HURT: Timberwolves backup point guard Troy Hudson will have ankle surgery and miss the playoffs. His chronically sprained right ankle was examined Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., by orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, the team said Thursday.

MASHBURN OUT: Jamal Mashburn was left off the Hornets' playoff roster after missing all but 19 games this season because of a bruised right knee. The former All-Star was the Hornets' leading scorer in 2002-03 and this year averaged 20.8 points.

NORRIS NOT ACTIVE: Moochie Norris was left off the playoff roster Thursday by the New York Knicks, who decided to keep Allan Houston active despite coach Lenny Wilkens' guess that there's a 70 to 80 percent chance he won't play.

Frank Williams will back up point guard Stephon Marbury, and Shandon Anderson will start for Houston at shooting guard.