MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Rudy Gay, the Memphis Grizzlies' leading scorer, was not with the team for Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Team officials listed ``personal reasons'' as to why he was absent. No other information was immediately available.
Memphis last played on Saturday at Houston before taking three days off for the Christmas break.
Gay averages 18.2 points and 5.9 rebounds a game.
Quincy Pondexter took Gay's spot in the starting lineup.
Sixteen years ago Michael Jordan delivered one of the most memorable performances of his two-year stint with the Washington Wizards.
On February 21, 2003, Jordan dropped 43 points four days after his 40th birthday. The mark made the Jordan the first player older than 40 to record 40 points or more in a contest.
It was also the fifth-most points he ever scored in a Wizards uniform.
The record was made against the then-New Jersey Nets. Throughout the entire game the two teams went back-and-forth with 13 ties and 17 lead changes. That was until the Hall of Famer put the game away for Washington with the final go-ahead basket with 34 seconds to go.
The Wizards won 89-86.
"We hadn't really been playing well and coach has been really disappointed in the way we play and I had to take the leadership. I had to do everything I had to do to get this team to understand what winning is all about," Jordan said.
The 43 points was scored on 18-for-30 shooting, all within the 3pt arc. In the third quarter alone he scored 14 of the team's 25 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double in the contest with four steals, three assists and a block.
All 13 seasons of Jordan's career he had incredible feats. The season prior he recorded his final 50-point game at 38 years of age, which is also the oldest anyone's ever been to reach 50 points. And that came two months after he returned from retirement.
The 2002-03 season was his last and this display was an attempt for Jordan to return to the postseason one final time. He had not been there since he was with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.
"I've only got 28 games left in my career. I do whatever I've got to do to get into the playoffs."
Ultimately the Wizards did not make it to the playoffs with Jordan, but he sure left his mark on the organization.
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Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr, widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, visited Nationals spring training at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches today.
Players and staff introduced themselves individually to the Hall of Famer, who was ushered around by GM Mike Rizzo.
Orr also was given a Nationals hat and pullover with his number (4) on it.