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Jackie MacMullan
April 06, 1998
When Damon Stoudamire was acquired by the Trail Blazers in February, he said that he would "wait and see" before deciding whether to re-sign with Portland as a free agent this summer. He's apparently waited and seen enough. "I want to get it done here," Stoudamire says. "I've told [coach] Mike Dunleavy my ideal game is to get 17 points and 11 assists and sit down at the end to enjoy the win."...
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April 06, 1998

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When Damon Stoudamire was acquired by the Trail Blazers in February, he said that he would "wait and see" before deciding whether to re-sign with Portland as a free agent this summer. He's apparently waited and seen enough. "I want to get it done here," Stoudamire says. "I've told [coach] Mike Dunleavy my ideal game is to get 17 points and 11 assists and sit down at the end to enjoy the win."...

If the Rockets want to make a run in the playoffs, they should stick with the starting lineup of Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Willis, Mario Elie, Clyde Drexler and Matt Maloney. Houston is 10-0 when that group starts....

Sam Perkins says he will retire if the Sonics win it all....

The league owners' primary goal when negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement reopen after April 30: to create a ceiling on individual players' salaries....

Note to those who have been waiting for Nick Van Exel to create problems for Lakers coach Del Harris: Keep waiting. Van Exel returned from knee surgery on March 16 to find that Derek Fisher, who had started in his absence, would remain at the point. Said Van Exel, "I'm all for it. It's good for the team."...

Dan Issel is a partner in a Denver printing company with Nuggets forward LaPhonso Ellis. Now, as the Nuggets' new general manager, Issel has the task of negotiating Ellis's contract this summer. Issel may also have some awkward dealings with rookie Tony Battie. On the Denver radio show Issel hosted until he became G.M., he repeatedly referred to Battie as El Busto.

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