'Minor medical procedure'
Utah's Starks misses Game 2 of first-round series
Updated: Tuesday April 24, 2001 11:24 PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- John Starks was hospitalized Tuesday and missed Game 2 of Utah's first-round playoff series against Dallas after undergoing what the team called "a minor medical procedure" for recent groin pain.
Starks, 35, was listed as questionable for Game 3 on Saturday in Dallas and probable for a possible Game 4, which would be played May 1, if necessary.
Citing liability concerns, team owner Larry Miller refused to discuss Starks' health.
"It's not a basketball-related matter, so I'm afraid I can't say anything about it," Miller said shortly before tipoff.
Jazz vice president Kevin O'Connor said the procedure was unrelated to abdominal pain that put Starks in the hospital overnight earlier this week. Starks complained of cramps after eating ice cream on Sunday.
O'Connor said Starks was in good spirits Tuesday night at an undisclosed Salt Lake City-area hospital.
"I just talked to him a while ago on the phone, and he's doing good," O'Connor said. "He sounded good. He was watching the Indiana-Philadelphia game on television."
After leaving Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful on Monday, Starks attended practice but didn't work out. He missed Tuesday's shootaround leading up to Game 2 because of the groin procedure.
O'Connor said Starks would need three to four days to recover from the procedure but was expected to return to the team by this weekend.
"The main concern is for John to get healthy," O'Connor said. "Any time you have a medical procedure, that's the case."
Starks scored four points in 13 minutes in Utah's 88-86 victory
Saturday in Game 1. The 12-year veteran averaged 9.3 points, 2.4
rebounds and 2.4 assists during the regular season after signing
with the Jazz as a free agent last summer.