LONGLEY STILL NOT READY: Luc Longley is getting fidgety watching from the Chicago Bulls' bench. This time, however, he's not rushing his return to the floor as he recovers from an unusual knee injury.
"It's been incredibly frustrating. Originally we thought it would be something that wasn't a big deal," Longley said Saturday.The 7-foot-2 center has missed 23 of the Bulls' last 25 games, including Friday night's playoff opener. He won't be ready for Sunday's Game 2 and will probably miss Wednesday's third game against the New Jersey Nets, as well.
Longley initially missed a month with a left knee sprain. He returned for two games in late March only to be hit with more pain and discomfort. It was then that a deep bone bruise was diagnosed.
FRESNO RECRUIT GOING PRO: Fresno State recruit Kenny Brunner, accused of beating a man in a teammate's apartment with a samurai sword, says he will enter the NBA draft.
The point guard transferred from Georgetown to Fresno State in mid-season earlier this year and he was slated to play for the Bulldogs sometime next season when he becomes eligible.
However, Brunner was suspended indefinitely when he and center Avondre Jones were arrested on March 17 after an acquaintance told police that the players threatened him with guns and beat him with samurai swords in Jones' apartment.
The alleged assault happened just hours after the Bulldogs beat Memphis in the NIT and just two days after CBS' "60 Minutes" profiled legal and drug problems plaguing Fresno State basketball players. Six of the school's 10 scholarship players served suspensions last season.
Coach Jerry Tarkanian kicked Jones off the team immediately after the arrests and suspended Brun-ner.