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Denver's Atkins out 6 to 8 weeks

DENVER — Denver Nuggets guard Chucky Atkins is expected to miss six to eight weeks after an MRI on Saturday revealed a severe right groin strain.

Atkins, who signed with the Nuggets in July, has been bothered during the preseason by a pulled groin. He left an exhibition game against Phoenix on Thursday with a groin injury.

The eight-year veteran averaged 13.2 points and 4.6 assists with Memphis last season.

The Nuggets said Saturday they have re-signed guard Mike Wilks, whom they waived on Tuesday.

Wilks signed with the Nuggets on Oct. 18. He had two points and one assist in six minutes of the one preseason game he played before he was waived.

He has played five NBA seasons with Atlanta, Minnesota, Houston, San Antonio, Cleveland and Seattle, where he averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 assists in 47 games last season.

KOBE MISSES PRACTICE: Kobe Bryant didn't practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday because of the sprained right wrist that kept him out of Friday night's final exhibition game against the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas.

Bryant didn't travel to Las Vegas with the team, and his status was day-to-day, Lakers spokesman John Black said

Coach Phil Jackson said he expected Bryant to play Tuesday night in the season opener against the Houston Rockets.

Bryant was injured after tripping over Utah center Mehmet Okur Tuesday night in an exhibition game in Anaheim.

KNICKS EXERCISE 4 PLAYERS' OPTIONS: Forward David Lee, guard Nate Robinson, forward Renaldo Balkman and guard Mardy Collins had options exercised on their contracts by the New York Knicks.

The team announced Saturday that it has exercised the fourth-year options for Lee and Robinson and the third-year options for Balkman and Collins.

NBA rookie contracts are for two years, with team options for the third and fourth seasons.

Lee has averaged 7.7 points and Robinson 9.7 points in their first two seasons. Balkman averaged 4.9 points and Collins 4.5 points as rookies last season.