Thursday , Feb , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets’ Sura sidelined with back injury

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Houston Rockets guard Bob Sura has been
placed on the injured list and will be held out of any basketball activity
for at least the next 10 days because of an inflammation of scar tissue
surrounding his vertebrae.

Sura, who was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins of the Los Angeles Spine Surgery
Institute, had undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back
on September 21 that forced him to miss the first 14 games of the season.

“We expect Bob’s injury will keep him off the court for the next 10 to 14
days,” general manager Carroll Dawson said. “Fortunately, this is not a
recurrence of his injury from the summer, but instead an aggravation of scar
tissue around the repaired disc. Bob will rehabilitate from this injury over
the next several days before returning to basketball activity.”

Sura, in his first season with the Rockets, is scoring 10.8 points-per-game
to go along with career-best averages of 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.28
steals.

Houston picked up a little insurance in case Sura’s injury is worse than
expected, as it acquired guard Mike James from the Milwaukee Bucks for Reece
Gaines and a pair of future second round picks on Thursday.

In a related move, the Rockets waived guard Rod Strickland, who had started
the last two games in Sura’s absence. The 38-year-old Strickland signed on
with the Rockets, his ninth team in 17 NBA season, back onJanuary 19.

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