National Basketball Association roundup

For the third time in three years, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose needs knee surgery.

"I don't know what to say other than it's just so unfair," coach Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday morning after practice ahead of the home game later against the Charlotte Hornets.

"A guy's been through so much and you know what he's put into it. Any time you have surgery, it's tough, but hopefully this one will be much shorter than the other ones."

The Dallas Mavericks handed guard Rajon Rondo a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

Coach Rick Carlisle and Rondo engaged in a heated, profanity-filled argument over play calling with 8:10 left in the third quarter of Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Ronnie Price underwent surgery to remove bone spurs and bone chips from his right elbow.

Price is expected to be out six to eight weeks, the team announced.

The Detroit Pistons signed guard John Lucas III for the remainder of the season.

Lucas had been playing on two consecutive 10-day contracts, and NBA rules dictate the Pistons must sign him for the rest of the season if they want to keep him on the roster.

In anticipation of Kevin Garnett's homecoming game Wednesday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves released 500 standing-room-only tickets.

The Timberwolves already had added 1,000 seats for the home game at Target Center against the Washington Wizards.

Longtime TNT reporter Craig Sager is returning to television next month almost a year after leaving the sideline to undergo treatment for acute leukemia.

Sager, famous for his flamboyant suits and interviews with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, will work his first NBA game on March 5 when the Oklahoma Thunder play the Chicago Bulls.