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By DANNY P. SMITH
The lockout may be over for the National Basketball Association, but it may be a little bit longer before former Starkville High School player Travis Outlaw gets on the court for the New Jersey Nets.
Even before training camp began, New Jersey general manager Billy King disclosed that Outlaw had suffered a broken right hand.
King released the information on Monday and declined further comment until Outlaw was examined by team doctors.
Outlaw left Starkville on Saturday to rejoin the Nets and when contacted, he didn't say anything about the injury. The nine-year NBA veteran seemed excited the lockout was over and there would be basketball played this season.
"I was hoping it would be a little more favorable on (the players') side, but I'm happy we got it done," Outlaw said. "It was tough to see it go to the extreme that it did, but the two sides came together and came up with something."
During the lockout, Outlaw spent time in Starkville visiting friends and family. It gave him a chance to watch his cousins play basketball and football.
Outlaw has been running to stay in shape.
"With this long of a period, you body still gets tired," Outlaw said.
Outlaw, who signed a 5-year, $35 million contract with New Jersey in July 2010, played 82 games with 55 starts and averaged 28.8 minutes per game in his first season with the Nets. He scored 9.2 points per game, four rebounds per outing and shot 38 percent from the field.
For his career, the 6-foot-9, 207-pounder has averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Outlaw is looking forward to the new season in New Jersey and the shortened schedule should create a sprint to the finish.
"With 66 games, it's going to be fun and interesting," Outlaw said. "You never know who is going to come out on top."
The Nets play the New York Knicks in a preseason game on Dec. 17.