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NBA notebook: Bucks’ Neal misses trip with foot issue

Associated Press

Milwaukee Bucks guard Gary Neal did not make the trip to Chicago for Tuesday night’s game with the Bulls because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Neal played just 7 minutes in Milwaukee’s 90-82 loss to Brooklyn on Saturday.

Bucks forward Khris Middleton did not participate in Tuesday morning’s shootaround because of an ankle injury, but he did play Tuesday night.

Milwaukee has been hit hard by injuries this season. General manager John Hammond said Monday that center Zaza Pachulia broke his right foot in last week’s 105-98 loss to Detroit.

The Bucks are playing without injured starters Larry Sanders (thumb) and Caron Butler (knee).

SCHOLARSHIP MONEY — A college basketball player who won $20,000 by hitting a half-court shot during an Oklahoma City Thunder game can keep the money.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday that Cameron Rodriguez could keep his winnings for use as a scholarship. Rodriguez is a sophomore forward for the Southwestern College basketball team in Winfield, Kan.

He nailed the half-court shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder’s home game against the Denver Nuggets.

The NAIA says the decision to use the winnings as scholarship money was a joint recommendation by Rodriguez and the Southwestern College athletic department, which was supported by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The NAIA initially informed Rodriguez that if he kept the money he would lose his amateur status, but Southwestern College appealed.

BACK TO PRACTICE — Knicks All-Star center Tyson Chandler has begun practicing and is making progress toward a return from a broken right leg.

Chandler has been out since Nov. 5 — New York’s fourth game — with a small fracture in the fibula in his lower leg. Chandler spoke to reporters Tuesday night before the struggling Knicks played the Cavaliers. He said his leg is feeling better.

Chandler has been playing some one-on-one and working on his conditioning.


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