Monday , Sep , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Mashburn to sit out 2004-05 campaign

=== Mashburn to sit out 2004-05 campaign ===

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – New Orleans Hornets forward Jamal Mashburn
will sit out the 2004-05 season due to a patella femoral irritation of his
right knee.

Mashburn was sidelined for the final 19 contests of the 2003-04 regular season
and all of the playoffs with the injury. He began the campaign on the injured
list following arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles in his right
knee and missed the first 44 games.

The 31-year-old Mashburn averaged 20.8 points and 6.2 rebounds over 19 games
for the Hornets last year.

“We have monitored Jamal’s status and have been in close contact with him
throughout the summer, and his knee has simply not improved,” said general
manager Allan Bristow. “He still has significant swelling caused by bone
rubbing on bone. Unfortunately, we have mutually come to the decision that he
will sit out the 2004-05 season, but we remain optimistic about him resuming
his career at some point in the future.”

Mashburn, a former All-Star, was the Hornets’ leading scorer during the
2002-03 campaign with a 21.6 points-per-game average. He played in all 82
games that season, including 81 starts, and also averaged 6.1 rebounds and
5.6 assists.

In 611 career NBA games with the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and
Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Mashburn has averaged 19.1 points, 5.4 boards
and 4.0 assists per outing.

“I know that Jamal is frustrated as both a competitor and a professional that
he will not able to contribute to the team this season,” said head coach Byron
Scott. “I’m disappointed that I won’t get to coach him and utilize his
talents, but I know his work ethic and determination will lead him to do
everything he can to return to the court.”

NOH