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Thomas Arrested, Sprewell Injured

September 30, 2002

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) _ New York Knicks forward Kurt Thomas was arrested on charges of assaulting his wife, and he did not accompany the team to training camp Monday.

There was more bad news for the Knicks: A broken bone was discovered in Latrell Sprewell’s right hand. He will have surgery Tuesday and will be out at least six weeks.

Thomas was arrested at his home in Greenwich, Conn., for third-degree assault and risking injury to a minor. Bail was set at $1,000, police said. No other details were released.

The Knicks said ``the organization is going to be as helpful as possible to the Thomas family during this difficult time.″ The team didn’t release any other information on Thomas’ status.

The Knicks are coming off their worst season in 15 years and now face the prospect of beginning their season without at least one expected starter.

Thomas is New York’s starting center, while Sprewell _ the team’s second-leading scorer last season _ is the starting small forward.

Sprewell told Knicks trainer Mike Saunders that he injured his hand sometime during the summer, although he was not sure exactly when or how. Tests revealed a displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his right hand. He will be in a cast for a month.

``He kept it to himself. He didn’t tell anybody because he didn’t think it was a big deal,″ Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said.

The Knicks refused to make Sprewell available for interviews. Sprewell shook hands with reporters as he drove out of the players’ parking lot but did not speak about his injury.

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