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Around The Rim
Ian Thomsen
March 05, 2001
Bucks coach George Karl believes competition in the NBA would be better if players could only sign one-year contracts. But Sonics coach Nate McMillan believes his team is underachieving because Patrick Ewing, Ruben Patterson, Shammond Williams, Emanual Davis and Jelani McCoy will all be free agents this summer. "Guys in a contract year are trying to put up numbers," McMillan says. "This team can play with anybody when it doesn't have [guys pursuing their own] agendas."...
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March 05, 2001

Around The Rim

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Bucks coach George Karl believes competition in the NBA would be better if players could only sign one-year contracts. But Sonics coach Nate McMillan believes his team is underachieving because Patrick Ewing, Ruben Patterson, Shammond Williams, Emanual Davis and Jelani McCoy will all be free agents this summer. "Guys in a contract year are trying to put up numbers," McMillan says. "This team can play with anybody when it doesn't have [guys pursuing their own] agendas."...

By unloading Juwan Howard and the remaining two years and $39.4 million of his contract in an eight-player deal with Dallas, the Wizards can avoid paying the luxury tax, which should give Michael Jordan freedom to make moves without the threat of more vetoes from owner Abe Pollin....

David Stem's decision to allow the Grizzlies to move this year signals that expansion is not in the league's immediate plans. Otherwise, by taking the best available market, Vancouver owner Michael Heisley would be depriving his fellow owners of an expansion fee that could well exceed $200 million....

The Raptors have become younger and more dynamic by adding Keon Clark and Jerome Williams to their frontcourt through trades in the past two months. If Toronto re-signs Williams, a free agent, that may make the team more appealing to Antonio Davis and Vince Carter, who will become free agents this summer and next, respectively....

Referee Greg Willard needed an ice pack to his jaw at halftime of a recent game in Minnesota after a male acrobat doing a flip kicked him during a timeout. Willard finished the game....

Since the conferences expanded to an eight-team playoff format in 1983-84, no No. 8 seed has had more than 44 wins. The Timberwolves, who held the final spot in the West at week's end, are on pace for 48.

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