Excerpts from NBA commissioner David Stern's chat on ESPN.com:
The long shorts stopper
Joe (Chicago): What do you have against long shorts?
Tony (Baltimore): Can you clear up the situation in Seattle with Reggie Evans being drug tested during the game?
Ben (Arizona): The dress code I can understand, what I dont get is the headphone policy. Some players use music as pre-game meditation to get ready and to be a better player for the fans. How do you justify taking that away from them?
Ali (Chicago): Commissioner Stern, let me begin by saying that I think that you are by far the best commissioner of all the major professional sports leagues. What I would like to ask is, are you concerned that the perception that the NBA is attempting to distance itself from the "hip-hop culture" may cost the league more fans than it gains? Even if this is not an explicit goal of the NBA and its corporate partners, there's no question that a large segment of the public (and even the players) believes that it is. Are you alienating more people than you're bringing in?
JC (Boston): Why are PA systems in your NBA arenas allowed to pipe in music/sound while the ball is in play? If home fans can't get pumped up and make noise on their own then there is something really wrong with your league. The game should be the entertainment and able to stand up alone without canned music.
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Warren (NY, NY): Wait a second, didn't you call Marvin Williams potentially the most talented player in the draft? And I agree, Knight has done an awful job. He has a glut at the wing positions.
You only pick talent over position when there is a CLEAR gap between the two. There wasn't this year and now the Hawks have to figure a way, via trade, free agency or the next draft, to find that point guard. Free agency is weak at the position next year. None of the players they're willing to trade would get them a point guard the caliber of Paul in return.
Their only hope is via the draft. And as good as the point guard prospects are in the draft (and Kentucky's Rajon Rondo would be a good fit for the way Atlanta wants to play) none of them are quite the prospect that Paul is. Once you take all of those factors into consideration, I think they should've drafted Paul.
Maverick (Cleveland): Still have LeBron as your MVP?
Elton Brand is getting a lot of love and he deserves it. He's leading the Clippers this year on an improbable run. I love that the crowd was chanting MVP the other night. It couldn't be happening to a nicer guy. My darkhorse is Marcus Camby. If the Nuggets were playing better, I think he'd be getting some serious play.
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Quote of the Night
-- Andrew Ayres
You've probably heard me say this before but, Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player who ever lived, never won a single championship without Scottie Pippen. Enough said.
It's unfortunate that Scottie was not given the opportunity to lead that Blazer team like he should have led the Bulls. It was obvious to me that he was trying to make amends for his previous mistakes. I just wish he had more willing teammates. It would have been a fitting way to end his career.
Not a lot of people know that about Scottie. But I saw the trasformation first hand. It's too bad more people did not get to see it: Scottie had become a complete player.
The Kings finished their homestand with a record of 0-4, losing to the Rockets after dropping decisions to the Heat, Timberwolves, and Cavaliers. It was Sacramento's longest winless homestand in 13 years. Since moving to Sacramento in 1985, the Kings had only two other winless homestands of four or more games: five losses in 1986 and four losses in 1992.
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If logistics allow, U.S. national team point man Jerry Colangelo plans to speak to as many as 35 players before extending any formal invitations. Count Chris Bosh among those ready to don the red, white and blue.
"I've met with five players and laid out everything expected of them regarding the commitment, and what's expected of them on and off the court," Colangelo told ESPN.com. "So far, I'm five-for-five with the guys I've spoken to about participating. And some players who were pessimistic in their comments a couple of months ago are now soliciting an invitation."
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