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LAKERS: Forward Vladimir Radmanovic has admitted lying to the team about how he hurt his shoulder during the All-Star break.


"The truth is that I hurt myself in a fall while snowboarding," he said in a statement issued by the team Friday. Radmanovic had told the Lakers that he fell on a patch of ice while walking and separated his right shoulder. He is expected to be out two months.


Lakers spokesman John Black said no decision had been made about possible disciplinary action.


BOBCATS: Team owner Bob Johnson defended his spending policies Friday and said he has complete trust in Michael Jordan to run the team's basketball operations. In a meeting with season-ticket holders, Johnson bristled at criticism that he hasn't been willing to spend the money needed to make the team a contender.

SPREWELL RESTRAINED: A judge said ex-star Latrell Sprewell, accused of assaulting his girlfriend, can communicate with his children only by phone, e-mail or text message.


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