CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls point guard Jamal Crawford suffered a serious knee injury this week while shooting baskets at a private gym.

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Jamal Crawford, (top) and Maurice Searight (below) had a rough week.<br><br>MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily

“We know it”s certainly not minor,” general manager Jerry Krause said of the second-year guard”s left-knee injury. “But we will not know the extent of it until the swelling goes down.”

An examination Saturday will determine whether Crawford tore his anterior cruciate ligament, which would require surgery and cause him to miss a good chunk, if not all, of the 2001-2002 season.

Crawford hyperextended the same knee in April, causing him to miss last season”s final four games. Recently, he said his knee was still bothering him and declined to join the Bulls last week at a California summer league.

The latest injury occurred Tuesday at a private gym.

Krause said he was not angry that the former Michigan player was injured while playing in a private gym.

“Guys are free to go out of this building and play,” Krause said.

The 6-foot-5 Crawford averaged 4.6 points and 2.3 assists a game last year.

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