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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hurley on Comeback Trail

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bobby Hurley looked thin and pale, but he always has looked thin and pale. He talked of his left shoulder being far weaker than it was before, but the most visible reminder of his near-fatal December car accident was a thick scar extending from his left eye to his left ear.


But in typical Hurley fashion, he does not see those things as overwhelming obstacles to his return to the NBA. The former star at Jersey City's St. Anthony High School and then Duke, now a rookie with the Sacramento Kings, said he had worked out in the area with an NBA comeback in mind.


"If I were to just be a normal person and not play basketball again, I wouldn't be going about the rehab the way I've been," said Hurley, who sat on the bench with the other rookies for Saturday night's inaugural Schick Rookie Game. "I'm trying to do as much as I possibly can each day, and then see what happens with that."


Hurley, who said he experienced flashbacks when he passed the site of the two-vehicle accident near Sacramento's Arco Arena last month, is determined to return to action.


"It's really all I know. I've done it my whole life," he said. "So those are my plans. I don't know what kind of player I'm going to be, but I'm willing to find out."


Hurley said his left shoulder is still nowhere near its pre-accident strength. He began rehabilitating the shoulder by rolling a basketball across a table. But, he said, he has not picked up a basketball since he mastered that skill.


Saturday night was only the second time since the accident that he has been surrounded by a basketball atmosphere. He was selected for the rookie game after his accident, and his doctors said they had no problem with his traveling to Minneapolis.


"It's been positive,"he said, adding that NBA players and officials "have gone out of their way to make me feel a part of the team. I haven't been out in public much at all."


His mother and uncle were at the Target Center "to keep an eye on me." His father, St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley Sr., was unable to attend.


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Seven days until the trading deadline. Let the Danny Manning countdown begin. Based on the latest rumblings, Manning could end up with the Portland Trail Blazers or with the Orlando Magic.


The Blazers are dangling forward Harvey Grant and a few first-rounders in front of the Los Angeles Clippers.


The Magic's offer of three-point shooter Dennis Scott and two first-rounders is still on the table, but the Clippers, as anyone else would be, are lukewarm on Scott. Orlando is trying its best to boost Scott's value at the last moment. Coach Brian Hill elevated him to a starter and played him 46 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks last week


Hill said he was not trying to showcase Scott but added: "I was trying to make him a productive player, and starting him was the only way to do it."


Finally, there is still a chance the Miami Heat will snatch Manning at the last moment. All of a sudden, Harold Miner is available as a throw-in. He played his USC games on the Clippers' home floor and would draw. But after nearly two seasons, the Clippers aren not convinced Miner can play.