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Kings' owner warns of exercise ball perils

Oct. 13, 2009 at 2:46 PM   |   Comments

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Sacramento Kings co-owner Joe Maloof says he has notified the NBA's other 29 teams about unforeseen dangers inherent in exercise balls.

Veteran Kings forward Francisco Garcia broke his right wrist in a fluke accident with an exercise ball that will sideline him at least four months, and Maloof says he wants to alert other teams to the perils of the commonly used large inflatable balls, The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday.

"You wouldn't expect it in a million years," Maloof told the newspaper. "Everybody uses these balls. Every spa in the world, you always see these balls. I think this is a wake-up call. 'Cisco was our starting forward, he has a huge contract. It's devastating, for 'Cisco and for us. We'll get through it. But at the same time you don't expect it to happen."

Maloof reportedly is considering taking legal action against the maker of the ball, which unnamed sources close to the team identified as the Italian company Gymnic.

The newspaper said Garcia's injury, apparently unprecedented in the NBA, happened while he lying on his back across the two-foot ball, performing dumbbell presses with 90-pound weights in each hand, when it burst.

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