Wednesday , Jan , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Griffin puts playing career on hold

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – New Jersey Nets forward Eddie Griffin
is not ready to resume his playing career after signing with the club earlier
this month.

“Eddie has informed the team that he is not ready to resume his NBA career at
this point in time,” said Nets president and general manager Rod Thorn. “He
will return to Houston for further rehabilitation. There is no timetable for
his return.”

Griffin, who signed with the Nets on January 8 after getting released by the
Houston Rockets, has been beset by various legal and emotional problems.

The former Seton Hall product, who was arrested last April and convicted on
January 20 for misdemeanor marijuana possession, is scheduled for sentencing
on February 13. He also was undergoing treatment for depression prior to
signing with New Jersey.

The 6-foot-10 Griffin was selected by the Nets with the seventh pick of the
2001 NBA Draft and then dealt to the Rockets for the draft rights to forward
Richard Jefferson, center Jason Collins and guard Brandon Armstrong.

Griffin also played one season at Seton Hall University, and attended
Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia where trouble in his senior year
disallowed him from graduating with his class.

Griffin has not played this season and was suspended indefinitely without pay
by the Rockets on October 16 for missing practices and a team flight to
Sacramento for a preseason game.

He is scheduled for another court appearance in February for a felony charge
of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an alleged incident with a
woman.

In 150 NBA games, Griffin has averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per
contest.

NJ