MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Bucks first-round draft choice Jeff Grayer was hospitalized Sunday with the chicken pox and likely will begin the season on the injured list.
Grayer, a member of the U.S. bronze medal-winning basketball team at the Summer Olympics, was feeling fatigued last week before the chicken pox was diagnosed, Bucks Coach Del Harris said in Ames, Iowa before an exhibition game Sunday night.
Harris said the 6-foot-5 swingman from Iowa State likely would start the season on the injured list.
'He had told me earlier last week that he was really feeling tired,' Harris said. 'He thought maybe the Olympic thing was catching up with him, which was a logical assumption.
'But as it turns out, he was already coming down with chicken pox because it has a two-week incubation period. He had it and didn't know it, and then he broke out Friday night.'
Grayer could be out three weeks, Harris said.
'There's a risk with the illness when you catch it after your early childhood years and we don't want to fool with it,' Harris said. 'Our doctors have indicated something in the neighborhood of two to three weeks. It's a tough call to make, so we're not going to rush it.'
In seven preseason games, Grayer averaged 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 20.4 minutes.
The Bucks also announced Sunday they had waived forward Bruno Kongawoin. The 6-8 forward from the Central African Republic and Houston Baptist University, also was waived by the Bucks last fall. He played for the Central African Republic in the Olympics.