Sportsline: Charles Oakley signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets on Thursday, giving coach Jeff Van Gundy another player from his New York Knicks days.
The 40-year-old power forward hasn't played all season, but that did not deter Van Gundy.
"I know him; I trust him," Van Gundy said. "He knows how hard you have to play to win in this league."
"Every team needs to let the other team know that no matter what happened with the score they are not going to be a pushover," he said. "I'm coming here to bring some energy and extra power."
Toronto Star: Vince Carter has decided to give the Athens Olympics a pass.
The Raptor all-star informed U.S. basketball officials this week he was turning down an invitation to join the American team for the 2004 Athens Games.
"It's for my well-being," Carter said yesterday morning. "I don't want to burn out before the season. I've been there too many times. It's just too much."
"It's the course of the whole thing that's going to kill me," he said. "I don't think my body would take it. This year, I'm a little worn down, I feel it. The last time I felt it but, it was the Olympics, we had a good team ...
"But it's playing, travelling, practising, it's non-stop."
"I just want to let my body heal after the season," said Carter. "I think I was probably the longest-lasting guy from the summer who got hurt. I just want to save myself."