Kings reach settlement in exploding ball case

The Sacramento Kings have settled a lawsuit over an exercise

ball the teams says exploded and injured a player.

The Sacramento Bee reported (http://sacb.ee/RuljF6) Tuesday the

settlement was reached with Italian manufacturer Ledraplastic.

Roger Dreyer, the attorney who represented the NBA team and

injured swingman Francisco Garcia, told the newspaper the

settlement amount was confidential.

But he described it as extremely favorable to his clients.

An email to Ledraplastic was not immediately returned.

The Kings and Garcia claimed the ball exploded in October 2009

while Garcia was balancing on it and lifting weights, causing

injuries that included a broken forearm.

He missed four months during the first year of a contract

extension. The Kings sought to recover his salary. Garcia sued for

loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.