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Denver Nuggets coach George Karl felt well enough to attend a predraft workout of college prospects. Karl, who has been battling neck and throat cancer, has been steadily improving and said Monday he fully expects to be back on the bench next season. The coach has been walking more and spending time in team meetings as he continues his recovery.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers reiterated Monday that he believes forward Rasheed Wallace will retire this summer. Rivers said Wallace told him before Game 7 of the NBA Finals that he thought it would be his last NBA game. Wallace struggled with injuries throughout the season, but became a key player in Boston's playoff run. "He said this year was very difficult for him, physically," said Rivers, "and that he never felt like, even the conditioning part of it hurt, and he doesn't think he wants to go through that again."
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Mariners starter Erik Bedard is in Arizona this week to make rehab starts for Triple-A Tacoma. This will be his first time facing live batters since having shoulder surgery last August. Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said Bedard will start Monday night and throw about three innings or 50 pitches. The former ace will make at least one more start for Tacoma before he returns to Seattle.