SURGERY FOR MANNING: A day after winning the NBA's Sixth Man Award, Phoenix Suns forward Danny Manning underwent knee surgery Friday.
Surgeons reconstructed the anterior cruciate ligament in Manning's right knee and also replaced a torn lateral meniscus.The operation was performed at the Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif.
Manning will be hospitalized for a few days, the team said in a news release.
Manning was the first NBA player to come back from two ACL operations, which he underwent in 1989 and 1995.
He averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds this season.
DUKE'S CHAPPELL TO TRANSFER: Duke University has granted forward Mike Chappell's request to transfer to another school.
Chappell, a sophomore from Southfield, Mich., started 21 of the first 22 games this past season as Duke advanced to the NCAA South Regional title game with a 32-4 overall record.
SEATTLE OWNER WANTS A RING: Seattle SuperSonics owner Barry Ackerley expects his coach, George Karl, to deliver a championship this season.
"The Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sonics are the only teams in the NBA that have won 55 or more games a year for six consecutive years," Ackerley told The Seattle Times.
"Where are my rings? Boston's got rings, LA has got rings. Where are my rings? I didn't get a ring."