Neck injury puts Sow in hospital

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

LAS VEGAS -- Raptors forward Pape Sow, who started 25 games for the team last season, spent most of yesterday in a local hospital undergoing tests after falling during a workout.

The accident occurred at Spring Valley High School in suburban Las Vegas where the Raptors are holding their rookie and free agent camp in preparation for the NBA Summer League, which begins here tomorrow.

"He drove to the basket and lost his balance and hit his neck on somebody's leg," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said.

"His neck was hurt, so we didn't want to move him. But he can feel everything in his arms and legs."

As a precaution, the team called paramedics and the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Sow was taken to hospital where he remained overnight for evaluation.

Sow, averaged 3.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.45 block shots in 42 games last season for the Raptors.

MAVS INTERESTED IN JAMES

Raptors guard Mike James will travel to Las Vegas this week to talk to some teams, including the Dallas Mavericks, who are interested in his services for next season.

James, who averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists for Toronto last season, told the Sun on Sunday that interest in him has been "surreal." At least five teams have expressed interest.

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo has said he would like to have James return to Toronto, but it's likely that James will ask for more than what the Raptors will pay.

James' agent Bill Duffy told the Star-Telegram newspaper in Texas that because all the teams pursuing James are over the salary cap, a sign-and-trade is a possibility.

Dallas is willing to offer Marquis Daniels in such a deal, but the Raptors might not want Daniels and the $26.46 million US remaining on his contract.

BRIEFLY

Veteran point guard Darrick Martin surprised everyone at the team's rookie and free agent camp yesterday when he showed up unannounced for a workout. Martin, 35, is not signed to a deal for next season, but there's a good chance Mitchell will bring him back. He would be the third option behind T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon at the point, but Martin also is considered one of the best locker room influences in the NBA ... Vincenzo Esposito, who played 30 games for the Raptors during the 1995-96 season, also showed up yesterday to say hello to Raptors assistant GM Maurizio Gherardini. The two know each other from the Italian league.


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