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Out of Their Misery
Jackie MacMullan
April 29, 1996
It's open season on coaches, Hidden gems of the free-agent market, The Mailman delivers again
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April 29, 1996

Out Of Their Misery

It's open season on coaches, Hidden gems of the free-agent market, The Mailman delivers again

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? Jim McIlvaine, center, Bullets: A shot-blocking specialist, he has a big fan in Chicago by the name of Jordan. It's highly doubtful he'll re-sign with Washington.

? Antonio Davis, forward-center, Pacers: Active, young body who thrives in an up-tempo system. The Celtics love Davis. So does Indiana—but not if he comes at too high a price.

Line of the Week

Knicks guard Hubert Davis, April 18 versus the Cavaliers: 28 MIN, 0-5 FG, 0-0 FT, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 6 fouls.

Long-range specialist Davis, who was 0 of 4 from three-point range, was the poster boy for New York's futility in a 92-77 loss to the Cavs—a defeat that essentially cost the Knicks home court advantage in their first-round playoff series against Cleveland. In the first half the Knicks scored 28 points, two shy of the franchise low.

Around the Rim

With 2,106 points in 1995-96, good for a 25.7 average, Jazz forward Karl Malone became the only player in NBA history to score 2,000 points or more in nine consecutive seasons. Of his 23,343 career points, 5,984 have been from the foul line, placing him ninth alltime in free throws made and 73 behind No. 8, Wilt Chamberlain....

Forgotten what forward Horace Grant does for the Magic? Orlando was 20-8 this season without Shaquille O'Neal and 10-9 without Grant....

Magic Johnson, suspended for three games for bumping official Scott Foster on April 14, broke down and cried when he apologized to his Lakers teammates. "He's devastated," says L.A. coach Del Harris. "I saw him give his HIV announcement, and I saw his [second] retirement announcement, and he was more distraught by this."...

Clippers fans should kiss big man and soon-to-be free agent Brian Williams goodbye. The team won't pay the top dollars needed to keep him.

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