Knicks' James returns to active roster after suspension

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks ended Jerome James' indefinite suspension and restored the center to the active roster for Friday night's game against the Washington Wizards.

James was suspended Monday for conduct detrimental to the team -- the Knicks said he was unprepared to practice Sunday. He missed Monday night's 140-133, triple-overtime victory against Phoenix.

The 7-foot-1 James, who signed a $30 million, five-year contract with New York after spending the past four seasons with Seattle, has been limited to just 14 games because of conditioning and injury issues. He was averaging 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 10.4 minutes.

Guards Jamal Crawford (sprained left foot) and Quentin Richardson (back spasms) sat out against Washington.

Also, Anfernee Hardaway is working out in Houston with former NBA coach John Lucas and a physical therapist to try to strengthen his knee so he can return to the team. The oft-injured Hardaway has appeared in four games while spending much of the season on the inactive list because of knee and leg problems.