Updated: May 7, 2003, 11:04 AM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Houston Rockets: Houston guard Cuttino Mobley was too busy during the season trying to win games for the Rockets to worry about a series of sprained ankles. Until now. "We had talked about it all year," Rockets trainer Keith Jones said in the Houston Chronicle. "We thought it was probably something we were going to do. But after we did the exit physicals with all the players, Dr. (Walter) Lowe and Dr. (Kevin) Varner looked at the MRI and X-rays and said he would greatly benefit from having the ankles scoped. He had sprained both ankles so many times, he really has a lot of scar tissue and loose bone spurs. This will greatly improve how he feels." Mobley is sexpected to need six weeks of rehab to fully recover. Detroit Pistons: Chauncey Billups has fallen and the Pistons aren't sure if he can get up. "It's hard to know how severe it is and how he's going to be," team physician Ben Paolucci said after the guard went down in last night's game with a twisted left ankle. "He did the same thing in New York and missed some games." If Billups is unable to go on Thursday, Chucky Atkins is expected to step in. "It's going to make it a lot tougher, no doubt, if Chauncey can't play, but we have some players who will be ready," Cliff Robinson said in the Detroit News. "Chucky Atkins started for us last year and if put in the situation, I'm sure he's ready to step up." Minnesota Timberwolves: Timberwolves rookie guard Igor Rakocevic is no longer a rookie nor a Timberwolf. "We like Igor, and we would love to have him in our summer league and have him come back,'' Minnesota GM Kevin McHale said in the St. Paul Pioneer Press after waiving him. "But right now we have a lot of free agents and a lot of stuff, and we're trying to do a lot of different things.'' Had they kept the second round draft pick, he would have made $563,679 next season.