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Wednesday / February 28.
  • David Lee injured the middle finger on his right hand during Team USA practice Tuesday and was to return to San Francisco  to be examined by Dr. Bill Green.

    The former Knick and current Golden State Warriors forward told ESPN he jammed his finger against the bottom of the backboard while attempting to block a shot.

    “I looked down, and my finger was completely turned to the side,” he told ESPN. “It’s possibly a tendon or a dislocation of some sort. It’s something I’ve got to go have looked at either way.

    “Hopefully it’s something I can splint up and play with. That’s up to the doctors to decide.”

    When the FIBA World Championship tips off next month in Istanbul, Turkey, neither Amar’e Stoudmire nor Dirk Nowitzki will be there.

    The Knicks asked Stoudemire not to play for Team USA this summer in the World Championship because of insurance concerns related to his left knee.

    Stoudemire, 27, underwent microfracture surgery on the knee in October 2005, but insurance doesn’t cover it should he suffer a career-ending injury.

    “It was over insurance,” Knicks president Donnie Walsh said in an email.

    Asked if it was too big a risk to let Stoudemire play, Walsh added:

    “It always is but this would be extremely expensive. Plus, Amare played deep into playoffs [until June] and would play from today through Sept. 13 with USA and go to our training camp on Sept 24. [It’s] too much in one summer.”

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — His name is Tony Parker but he’s not the point guard for the San Antonio Spurs and he’s not married to Eva Longoria.

    No, this Tony Parker is a 6-foot-9, 265-pound rising junior center from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove ranked among the top 10 centers in his class.

    As a freshman, Parker helped lead his team to a 30-3 record and the Georgia Class 4A state championship. He started 32 games and averaged 7.5 points. and 10.3 rebounds.

    Earlier this month he played alongside Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Tony Wroten on the USA U17 national team that won the gold medal in Hamburg, Germany.

    Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor is now back on the market and won’t attend Boston College.

    I’m hearing BC wasn’t aware that Taylor had been suspended for seven games last season for “violating team rules.” Really? How do you not know that?

    Anyway, the 6-foot-7 Taylor, a Union, N.J. native, will visit Xavier Tuesday and is also considering Miami, Cincinnati and Arizona State.

    So I’m at the town pool today with my 2 kids, Grace and James, having a fine old day.

    Pine Lake Pool in Peekskill, N.Y., to be exact.

    All of a sudden the lifeguards start telling everyone to get out of the pool…because, you know, some kid had let loose a “doody” in the water.

    Before long, an announcement comes over the loudspeaker that everyone needs to stay out of the water for about 30 minutes.

    I was instantly reminded of the famous “Caddyshack” scene and even mentioned it to this 17-year-old life guard guy sitting up in the chair near us.

    “I’ve never seen ‘Caddyshack,'” the kids says.

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — The way Roy Williams sees it, Kyrie Irving has helped Duke launch ahead of North Carolina in two ways.

    First, Irving played the point his senior year at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, preventing current Carolina sophomore Dexter Strickland from doing so.

    Then Irving went ahead and committed to Duke, the defending NCAA champions.

    “I’m really mad at Kyrie,” Williams said last week at the Peach Jam. “I don’t like Kyrie. I do laugh at that and say that with tongue in cheek.”

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