Orlando Magic forward Dennis Scott apologized Tuesday for an outburst before a group of children at a summer camp in Virginia, saying he overreacted to a question about whether he has used drugs.
“At my own basketball camp, and in front of my 10-year-old (son) Ryan, I was asked whether I had engaged in drug use,” Scott said in a statement released Tuesday through his agent, David Falk.
“Naturally, I was both shocked and embarrassed that I was questioned about drugs in front of my son. Admittedly, I overreacted. I have offered refunds to all campers to make up for any disruptions that occurred.”
Magic general manager John Gabriel said Monday that Scott’s behavior and comments were unacceptable. He added that the player had not asked to be traded.
Jackson, Bulls at impasse
Phil Jackson has rejected the Chicago Bulls’ contract offer and team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is asking to meet privately with the coach who has led the team to five NBA championships in seven years.
Jackson’s agent, Todd Musburger, said the Bulls had made an “insulting” offer that did not reflect Jackson’s worth. No more negotiations were scheduled for this week, Musburger said.
Wilkins returns to Europe
Dominique Wilkins has agreed to a two-year contract with Teamsystem Bologna, Italy, the Kaufman Sports Management Group announced.
Wilkins, a 37-year-old forward, played last season with the San Antonio Spurs after leading Panathinaikos Athens of the Greek League to the European championship in 1996 - his only career championship.
The 14-year NBA veteran is seventh on the NBA’s career-scoring list with 26,534 points.
Coach and general manager Flip Saunders has signed a five-year contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves. This past season, Saunders (60-84 in 1-1/2 seasons) coached the Timberwolves to their first playoff appearance… . The Philadelphia 76ers re-signed veteran point guard Doug Overton, who averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 assists in 67 games last season… . The New Jersey Nets reached a contract agreement with point guard Sam Cassell, who averaged 19.3 points after his acquisition midway through last season.
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