Houston Rockets forward Carl Landry was shot in the left leg early today while driving near his home.
HOUSTON — Houston Rockets forward Carl Landry was shot in the left leg early today while driving near his home.
The injury was minor, and the team said Landry was treated at a hospital and released. The Rockets said they expected Landry to return to action in one to three weeks.
The shooting occurred about 4 a.m., a few hours after the Rockets returned from a game at New Orleans. Landry drove home after the team arrived about 12:30 a.m.
Houston police said a car with two occupants hit Landry's vehicle from behind. Police said Landry was shot when he got out to inspect the damage.
The other vehicle left the scene. The Rockets also said Landry dislocated a finger on his left hand in the incident.
The 6-foot-9 Landry has become a valuable player off the bench for the Rockets, averaging 9.3 points and five rebounds in his second NBA season. He had 12 points and six rebounds in Monday's 95-84 win that kept Houston in third place in the Western Conference standings.
"We are very thankful and relieved that Carl's injuries were relatively minor and that he is doing well," the Rockets said in a statement. "We are in the process of working with authorities to gather more information."
Landry was drafted by Seattle in the second round in 2007, then traded to Houston for a future second-round pick and cash. He averaged eight points and 4.9 rebounds in 2007-08. In Game 3 of a first-round series against Utah, Landry blocked Deron Williams' layup try with 3.4 seconds left to preserve Houston's 94-92 victory.