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Marty Burns
January 13, 1997
Don't expect Michael Jordan to leave the Bulls as a free agent alter the season. "I can't see myself playing anywhere else," Jordan said recently. Especially since salary-cap limitations make it impossible for any other team to pay him the $30 million he's earning this season....
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January 13, 1997

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Don't expect Michael Jordan to leave the Bulls as a free agent alter the season. "I can't see myself playing anywhere else," Jordan said recently. Especially since salary-cap limitations make it impossible for any other team to pay him the $30 million he's earning this season....

Is Utah's 34-year-old point guard John Stockton losing a step? In the last two weeks he has been lit up by the Cavaliers Terrell Brandon (33 points), the Timberwolves' Stephon Marbury (33), the Clippers' Darrick Martin (38) and the Spurs Avery Johnson (22)....

Pacers guard Reggie Miller recently paid Nets rookie Kerry Kittles the highest compliment he could think of: "He reminds me of myself."

...Won't they ever learn? Magic fans made a fuss last year about Shaquille O'Neal's fathering a child out of wedlock, and he wound up bolting for the Lakers. Now they're clamoring on call-in shows about Penny Hardaway's decision to rehabilitate his injured knee in Houston instead of in Orlando. One Florida columnist even dubbed Hardaway Captain Invisible. Considering that Penny's a free agent after the 1997-98 season, that label might be prophetic....

Ex-Mavericks guard Rolando Blackman took in a game in Dallas last Saturday. Also there were former teammates Mark Aguirre (now the Mavericks' director of player development), Derek Harper (their starting point guard) and Brad Davis (their radio color man). In various orders they constitute the top four in franchise history for the following career stats: points, assists, steals, games, minutes, turnovers and fouls. The game was played, appropriately enough, in Reunion Arena....

New Jersey coach John Calipari was incensed recently when referee Hue Hollins accused Nets center Shawn Bradley of using profanity. "He's a Mormon," Calipari shouted. "He doesn't swear." Responded Hollins, "I'm a Baptist and I don't lie." ... Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell is enjoying another splendid season, averaging 24.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists. But he's shooting just 43.4% from the floor, and there has been grumbling in the locker room that he's firing away far too often. Consider the accuracy of the five players who have attempted more shots than Sprewell: Jordan (47.7%), Sacramento's Mitch Richmond (45.5%), O'Neal (56.0%), Seattle's Gary Payton (49.1%) and Utah's Karl Malone (51.9%)....

The Rockets' Charles Barkley was so heartbroken when the Buffalo Bills, his favorite sports team, were eliminated from the NFL playoffs that he wore a white piece of tape on the shoulder strap of his jersey for that night's game....

When the Lakers received their shipment of throwback uniforms for a game against Boston, they got 14 jerseys but only 11 sets of shorts. As a result, guard Rumeal Robinson became the first player in NBA history to receive a DNP-no shorts....

Clippers guard Brent Barry, the defending Slam Dunk champ, says he'll skip the event this year. The likely heir (or is it "air"?) to the throne? Either the Mavericks' Michael Finley or the Lakers' Eddie Jones....

When the Bullets' Rod Strickland saw how heavy Clippers center Kevin Duckworth had become, he immediately grew concerned for Duckworth's renowned pet collection. "I asked him if he was eating all his animals," Strickland said.

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