A.J. Price managed to make it back from a potentially devastating knee injury suffered last spring without missing any time this season. He said his decision to play in that charity game at Half Hollow Hills West was a mistake but added, "It was a Long Island thing and a favor for a friend type of thing."
The former Amityville star and two-time Suffolk County player of the year fractured his left kneecap in the May 22 game, which was organized by Troy Jackson, whose brother is former NBA guard and current ABC/ESPN analyst Mark Jackson.
Price was the only NBA player in the game. The Pacers were furious when Price, a second-round pick in 2009, told them of the injury.
"Looking back at it, it probably wasn't the smartest decision," Price said. "I don't think I regret it. I probably should have consulted with people before I did."
Price made a quick recovery and the Pacers kept him on the roster after he arrived ready for training camp. He was inactive against the Knicks yesterday, has appeared in only six games this season and is averaging 5.2 points and 2.2 assists in 10.2 minutes per game.
His $726,000 salary for this season will be guaranteed if he isn't waived by Wednesday. The Pacers see Price as their future backup point guard behind Darren Collison once veteran T.J. Ford's contract expires this summer.
Amar'e tech rescinded
The Knicks were informed Sunday that the NBA has rescinded the technical foul called against Amar'e Stoudemire in the second quarter against Orlando on Thursday. Stoudemire made a personal appeal to Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, who decided that Stoudemire's "get that mess out of here" comment after blocking Gilbert Arenas' shot did not deserve a tech.
"But then we also talked about, just for future reference, to be more aware of the situation," said Stoudemire, who is second in the NBA with nine technical fouls. At 16, a player is suspended for one game.