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Hornets’ Coleman To Miss Four Games

October 27, 2000

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) _ Derrick Coleman, sidelined the entire preseason because of an irregular heartbeat, won’t be able to play next week when the Charlotte Hornets open the regular season.

The Hornets open the season Tuesday night at Atlanta, but coach Paul Silas said Coleman won’t even be examined again by a doctor until late next week.

Assuming he is cleared to play during that checkup, Silas said his power forward would still miss the first four games.

``The plan right now is to keep him on the active roster,″ Silas said. ``If you start him on the injured list, he’s got to miss at least five games and we’re thinking there’s a chance he can play by the fifth game.″

Coleman, the Hornets’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season, has been prohibited from any contact work while he adjusts to new medication to treat his irregular heartbeat.

The new medication thins his blood. Coleman has been allowed to work out on his own throughout training camp. But scrimmaging and contact drills have been forbidden because of the risk of Coleman bleeding internally or developing blood clots.

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