Originally created 01/07/97

Hardaway returns for Magic



ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Magic guard Anfernee Hardaway, who has been out with tendinitis in his left knee, was activated again Monday.

Hardaway, who has been sidelined for 23 of Orlando's 28 games, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Nov. 17 to repair torn cartilage. He returned to action Dec. 10 at Portland, but was placed back on the injured list Dec. 18 with tendinitis.

Orlando is 7-16 without Hardaway, who was averaging 20.1 points per game, 5.8 assists per game and 5.8 rebounds per game.

In addition, Nick Anderson, who has missed Orlando's last 15 games with an injury to his right wrist, returned to practice Sunday.

To make room for Hardaway, veteran guard Kenny Smith was waived by the Magic. Smith, who signed as a free agent on Dec. 18, played in six games, scoring 17 points in 47 total minutes.

SUNS: Phoenix forward Robert Horry was suspended today for two games without pay for throwing a towel and swearing at coach Danny Ainge during Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics.

Horry will miss tonight's game in Atlanta and Wednesday's game at Washington. He will rejoin his team in Phoenix on Friday for a game against Charlotte.

The altercation happened when Horry was pulled in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game at Boston which the Suns lost 109-102. He screamed a stream of obscenities at Ainge and threw a towel in his face before being restrained by teammates.

Horry, who was traded to the Suns after winning two NBA titles with the Houston Rockets, apologized to Ainge and the team.

SMITH DONATION: Atlanta Hawks guard Steve Smith on Monday announced a $2.5 million donation to his alma mater, Michigan State, to help pay for an academic center for student athletes.

The gift honors his late mother, Clara Bell Smith, who died of cancer in 1992 during his rookie season in the NBA.

"I consider this her gift to education, given through me," Smith said. "I have had great coaches, but none greater than my mother. I have had great role models, but none greater than my mom."

The donation also will fund a scholarship for students from Detroit Pershing High School who want to attend Michigan State. Smith also is an alumnus of the high school.

Smith began his career in 1991 with the Miami Heat, joining the Hawks in 1994.