Tough break for Magloire

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

No All-Star game. No homecoming court appearance. Heck, no picking up a basketball.

It's not much fun to be Toronto native Jamaal Magloire these days. The New Orleans Hornets centre, who broke his right ring finger Nov. 26, returned to his hometown yesterday in a sweater and slacks as his team faced the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.

"I'm a little disappointed," Magloire, 26, said. "This is the first time in my career I've come to Toronto and not played."

Magloire won't get another chance to play here this season because of the Hornets' move to the Western Conference.

The Eastern Commerce graduate, who played in his first NBA all-star game last year, isn't expected to return until after this year's all-star affair, Feb. 20 in Denver.

"With a broken finger, I'm not able to even get a chance to play in the all-star game this year and that's disappointing," Magloire said. "But injuries are part of the game."

Magloire has had to learn to use his left hand for many everyday tasks while recovering. The fifth-year NBAer still hasn't picked up a basketball.

Despite the Hornets' league-worst 5-31 record, Magloire is craving a return to the court.

"It's harder sitting on the sideline," he said. "I say that because I'm a competitor and I love to go out there and play."

While Magloire wasn't happy with the Hornets' lack of off-season spending and the team's decision to bar personal trainers from the dressing room, he said he's not going to raise a fuss right now.

"I'm just focusing on trying to get my finger better," he said.

Magloire, who hasn't played for the coachless national team recently, didn't close the door on representing Canada again.

"I have never, nor will I ever, rule out the possibility of me playing for the national team again," he said. "I'm anxious to see who they hire (as coach) and I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of direction they go in and what changes we make."


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