That's true. No community owes it to its team to fill an arena; fans can spend their entertainment dollar any way they choose. But, hey, Atlanta, the Hawks are good. Really. You should see 'em.
From our personals file comes this tale about the dating game. In a Jet magazine article, Sun guard Kevin Johnson advertised for a bride, saying he hasn't been able to find the right kind of girl traveling in NBA circles. He has even hired an assistant to screen applicants.
So you're in an NBA rotisserie league and you accidentally drafted Clipper center Elmore Spencer when you thought you were getting Jazz center Felton Spencer. Relax, lots of people confuse the centers Spencer, who are unrelated. In terms of numbers, they're almost interchangeable. Examine their stats through last weekend.
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Line of the Week
Jamal Mashburn, Mavericks
FG M-A: 2-11; REB: 1; TP: 5
The Mavericks have had promising moments of late, but things are still rocky between coach Quinn Buckner and Mashburn, who was removed from the starting lineup and turned into a sixth man because of his poor shooting. The results, including the stat line above from a loss to the Spurs on Saturday, have not been encouraging, to say the least.
Honorable mention goes to Hawk forward Duane Ferrell, who, in 19 minutes of a 120-119 loss to the Warriors on Jan. 19, had 23 points on ll-for-14 shooting. Anyone who can put up that many shots in so few minutes is our kind of player.