GM says 'surgery seems likely' on guard's ankle

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Doug Christie, who missed a
practice and a game this week, was placed on the injured list
Saturday by the Orlando Magic before their game against the New
Jersey Nets.
Orlando general manager John Weisbrod said the shooting guard
has bone spurs in his left ankle and "surgery seems likely."
Christie didn't practice with the team on Thursday and then
missed the Magic's 111-89 home victory Friday night over the New
York Knicks. He didn't travel with the team, instead making his own
flight arrangements on Saturday.
Christie, acquired Jan. 10 in a trade with Sacramento for
Cuttino Mobley, has been unhappy recently since his role with the
Magic has been greatly reduced.
"I met with Doug this afternoon in New Jersey," Weisbrod said
Saturday. "He has concerns in regards to bone spurs in his left
ankle and his ability to play. In conjunction with our medical
staff, he will seek further consultation and surgery seems
To fill the roster spot, the Magic activated center Mario Kasun,
who has been on the injured list since Jan. 18 because of
tendinitis in his knee. Kasun missed 21 games.
Christie was disappointed to be dealt away by Sacramento and
took a few days to report to the Magic.
He was put into the Orlando starting lineup, but lost that spot
when Steve Francis was moved to shooting guard and rookie Jameer
Nelson took over at the starting point guard.
"I think as professionals you've got to keep your focus on the
court and try to continue to get wins," Nelson said before
Saturday night's game. "You're going to have some off-the-court
issues, no matter what it is. I think we've done a good job of
staying focused."
Christie played a total of 23 minutes in his last three games.
In 21 games with Orlando, he has averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds
and 2.2 assists per game. Overall, he has averaged 6.6 points per
game -- his worst production in a decade.
The Magic won two straight at home before starting a three-game
trip at New Jersey.