The 7-foot-1 Olowokandi averaged 22.2 points and 11.2 rebounds last season at Pacific
How sweet it is!
Clippers select Olowokandi with No. 1 pick
It was widely thought the Los Angeles Clippers, with the top pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, would not gamble on a project.
Those in the know thought there was no way Elgin Baylor could pass on Arizona's Mike Bibby -- a savvy point guard with NBA bloodlin
es -- and take a chance on Michael Olowokandi -- a soccer player who has been playing competitive basketball for only three years.
Grading the 1998 Draft
Winners and losers at the '98 draft
Celtics were delighted when Paul Pierce's draft stock slipped|
Because teams like to posture,
misdirect and outright lie when
fielding queries about their plans for
the draft, the final 48 hours before the selection
process begins are usually cluttered with
disinformation. This year was no different.
Lopez hoping for a fresh start,
long career in the NBA|
last shot of Felipe Lopez's college
career was perfectly fitting. What
could have lifted St. John's into the
second round of the NCAA
Tournament, instead served as
one last reminder of four years of
frustration and unfulfilled potential.
NBA testing international
waters to find legitimate centers|
The NBA has seen
the future, and it has a gaping hole right
through the middle. The void has nothing to
do with the potential retirement of Michael
Jordan; instead, substantial injuries to Patrick
Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon and Alonzo
Mourning this season provided a look into a
world without high-profile, high-impact
centers. Though the next wave of pro players
arrives on June 24 via the NBA Draft, the
answer to the biggest problem at hand does
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