CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Charlotte center Primoz Brezec was in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Portland despite needing four stitches near his left eye after colliding with an assistant coach in practice.
The 7-foot-1 Brezec and Paul Mokeski bumped heads while working on a drill Sunday. Brezec's eye was nearly swollen shut during Monday's shootaround, but the swelling had gone down when he returned to the arena Monday night.
``We're calling him Rocky Marciano,'' Bobcats coach Sam Vincent said. ``He can now see out of the eye.''
Brezec, who has started all 10 games for Charlotte, is averaging 2.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 13.2 minutes.
The 7-foot Mokeski, who spent 12 seasons in the NBA, was uninjured.
``He completely smashed Primoz's head and he doesn't have a dent on his head,'' Vincent joked.
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