FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 3-9
"It's a lot easier for myself and I'm sure for Michael [Jordan] to be able to just go out and play and not have to worry that every time the whistle blows, you have to turn around to find out what his last move was."—Bulls forward Scottie Pippen on the trials of playing with Dennis Rodman, who was suspended by the NBA for 11 games after kicking a cameraman.
Disappointed by their 22-25 start, the Bullets fired coach Jim Lynam on Feb. 5 and replaced him with Denver president Bernie Bickerstaff, who had stepped down as the Nuggets' coach earlier this season. The Bullets are hoping Bickerstaff, an X's and O's specialist, will bring discipline to a talented young group that has thus far failed to gel.
Of the Warriors' 17 wins this season, only one came against a team that currently has a winning record.
How long can Mavericks G.M. Don Nelson and rookie coach Jim Cleamons coexist? Nelson, who was hired last Friday, says he has no intention of coaching again, and Cleamons has a five-year, $5 million contract. But with Dallas 16-28, few are ruling out a return to the sidelines by Nellie.