INDIANAPOLIS - Jamaal Tinsley knows he has to make lifestyle changes, and feels blessed to have the chance.
That was the Indiana Pacers guard's mind-set 36 hours after being shot at with an assault weapon in front of a downtown Indianapolis hotel. He was not injured.
"The man upstairs, he gave me another opportunity to see another day," the sixth-year player said after yesterday's practice. "When athletes step out, anything can happen."
Tinsley met with coach Jim O'Brien and team president Larry Bird a day after the guard and several companions were targeted in the shooting, which occurred early Sunday morning and in which the team's equipment manager was wounded.
The suspected shooters had not been arrested as police continued to investigate.
The team did not punish Tinsley.
"He has every right to go to a club," O'Brien said. "There is no curfew, and he, to the best of my knowledge, did nothing wrong, other than he exercised poor judgment as to how late he was out and the environment he was in. He didn't break any of our rules."
Tinsley's group arrived at the Cloud 9 club in a Mercedes, a Rolls-Royce and a Dodge Charger, all owned by Tinsley. Sgt. Paul Thompson of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said a group gathered around the Rolls-Royce and gave Tinsley a hard time about his cars and his earnings.
Tinsley's group realized after leaving the club that a car and a pickup truck were following, Thompson said.
Instead of going home, Tinsley's group pulled into the Conrad Hotel, where someone in the vehicles that were following opened fire, spraying bullets on the hotel, Tinsley's cars, and nearby buildings. Tinsley said he pulled into the Conrad because he didn't want the people following him to know where he lived.
Tinsley apologized to his family, teammates and fans.
The equipment manager, Joey Qatato, 48, was struck in both elbows as he sat with Tinsley in the Rolls-Royce. He was treated at Methodist Hospital and released.
Last night's games
Hawks 98, Magic 87
ORLANDO, Fla. - Josh Smith had 25 points and a season high of 16 rebounds, and Joe Johnson added 24 points, as Atlanta sent Orlando to its second straight loss.
The Magic shot a season low of 39.7 percent and the Hawks 42.7 percent, but Atlanta capitalized on 19 turnovers for 29 points.
Mavericks 99, Knicks 89
NEW YORK - Dirk Nowitzki had a season high of 36 points, propelling Dallas past New York.
Heat 117, Suns 113
PHOENIX - Dwyane Wade scored 31 points and Udonis Haslem added 21 as Miami outlasted Phoenix.
Kings 96, Bucks 93
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - John Salmons scored 22 points on 9-for 14 shooting as Sacramento beat Milwaukee.