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Jackie MacMullan
April 20, 1998
How's this for a second act? Former NBA center Manute Bol is playing for a prince's team in Qatar....
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April 20, 1998

Around The Rim

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How's this for a second act? Former NBA center Manute Bol is playing for a prince's team in Qatar....

Count Nets guard Sam Cassell among those who believe the Rockets blew it when they dealt him, with Robert Horry and Mark Bryant, to the Suns for Charles Barkley in August 1996. "They panicked," says Cassell, who was a member of two tide-winning Houston teams. "If they'd stuck with us, they'd be going for another championship instead of breaking up an old team. The only thing we were missing was a big guy, like Kevin Willis, but they shipped us young guys out, and for what? Charles is a good guy, but you knew he wasn't the answer."

...Rumor had it that Clippers forward Loy Vaught would be forced to retire after having surgery in December to fuse two vertebrae. But Vaught, in the last year of his contract, is doing treadmill and light abdominal work and plans to work out for teams this summer, provided there's no lockout....

Red Auerbach on Kenny Anderson: "He reminds me of Tiny [Archibald]. He looks like him, acts like him and plays like him. He wishes he was as good, but he's close."

...These are disappointing days for the Magic. Chuck Daly is likely to miss the playoffs for the first time since his 41-game stint as the Cavaliers' interim coach in 1981-82, and Horace Grant, who has shot 50% or better in each of his 10 previous seasons, will finish the year well below that mark. (He was shooting 45.7% through Sunday's games.)

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