Originally created 12/23/99

Hawks activate Ellis



Atlanta activated forward LaPhonso Ellis from the injured list. Ellis has missed the entire season with a strained left calf, and played only 20 games last season before being sidelined with a hernia.

Ellis, a seven-year NBA veteran, replaces forward Brandon Williams, who was waived after being on the roster for three games. Williams did not play.

Last season, Ellis averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. He has career averages of 14.9 points and 7.7 rebounds.

SPURS:

Sean Elliott remains hospitalized with the flu. Elliott, who had a kidney transplant in August, was admitted over the weekend to Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital.

The earliest Elliott could be discharged is today, hospital spokeswoman JoAnn King-Sinnett said. She declined to give Elliott's condition.

Elliott does color commentary for Spurs telecasts, but has missed several games because of his illness. Elliott is optimistic he will be able to rejoin the NBA champions as a player.

ALL STARS:

Miami's Alonzo Mourning is the leading vote-getter in the first returns of fan balloting for the NBA All-Star game.

In the balloting, Mourning had 302,515 votes, putting him far ahead of New York's Patrick Ewing (42,376), who had been sidelined for much of the season with an achilles' injury before returning earlier this month, in the race for the Eastern Conference's starting center.

The other top vote-getters in the East were forwards Vince Carter of Toronto (297,870) and Grant Hill of Detroit (214,910), and guards Allen Iverson of Philadelphia (293,892) and Eddie Jones of Charlotte (114,257).

Center Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers led all Western Conference players with 275,487 votes.

Kevin Garrett of Minnesota topped West forwards with 250,987 votes, followed by Tim Duncan of San Antonio with 209,595. Phoenix's Jason Kidd (165,727) and Seattle's Gary Payton (146,360) led the West guards.

The All-Star game will be played Feb. 13 at Oakland.

CAVALIERS:

Forward Danny Ferry was placed on the injured list with a strained left calf. Ferry's calf has been in an immobilization boot since Dec. 19. It has been taken off only for daily rehabilitation.

The 10-year veteran has missed six games with the injury.

In 18 games this season, Ferry averaged 6.0 points a game. He has averaged 7.8 in 678 career games, all with Cleveland. He is second to Bobby "Bingo" Smith's 720 games played on the team's career list.