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Posted: Tuesday June 08, 1999 04:40 PM

Malik Rose
San Antonio Spurs
Malik Rose Malik Rose's minutes are down, but his influence on games is not. Stephen Dunn/Allsport
Position:  Forward
Height:  6-foot-7
Weight:  250
College:  Drexel '96

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Stat to note
Rose has one start in 173 career games, including playoff games.
Scouting report

When the San Antonio Spurs are looking for a little relief for David Robinson and Tim Duncan, the Twin Towers who have propelled the team into the NBA Finals, they turn to Malik Rose.

The beefy forward from Drexel gets only about 13 minutes of playing time a game. But he makes them count.

With the energy that comes from sitting on the bench, and a nose for the ball, Rose averaged six points and almost four rebounds an outing this season. That computes to an easy double-double -- if Rose ever got to play an entire game.

This year, Rose's postseason pinnacle came against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, when he scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds in 19 minutes of play.

He hasn't played more than 20 minutes in a game since mid-April and, in fact, his time on the floor during the playoffs has dropped to about 10 minutes a game as the Spurs have stayed with their starting front line of Sean Elliott, Duncan and Robinson. (Elliott's playing time has increased two minutes a game, while Robinson and Duncan are up about three minutes per.)

But the man his teammates call "Horse" has shown he's someone the Spurs can ride -- at least for a few minutes a game.

Chris Dudley, Knicks
Rasheed Wallace, Blazers
Marcus Camby, Knicks
Avery Johnson, Spurs
Jalen Rose, Pacers
Jim Jackson, Blazers
Chris Crawford, Hawks
Shandon Anderson, Jazz
Theo Ratliff, 76ers
Derek Fisher, Lakers
Nick Anderson, Magic
Lindsey Hunter, Pistons
George McCloud, Suns

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