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Jackie MacMullan
January 26, 1998
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January 26, 1998

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Toughest omissions: Heat center Alonzo Mourning, Wizards forward Chris Webber, Bucks forward Glenn Robinson. Raptors guard Damon Stoudamire.

Western Conference. Starters: Karl Malone, Jazz, and Vin Baker, Sonics (forwards); David Robinson, Spurs (center); Gary Payton, Sonics, and Mitch Richmond, Kings (guards).

Reserves: Tom Gugliotta, Timberwolves, and Tim Duncan, Spurs (forwards); Shaquille O'Neal, Lakers (center); Eddie Jones, Lakers, and Stephon Marbury, Timberwolves (guards).

Wild-card entries: Nick Van Exel, Lakers (guard); Jason Kidd, Suns (guard).

Toughest omissions: Jazz guard John Stockton, Sonics forward Detlef Schrempf, Rockets forward Charles Barkley, Timber-wolves forward Kevin Garnett, Grizzlies forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Line of the Week
Heat center Alonzo Mourning, Jan. 17 against the Lakers: 27 minutes, 1-5 field goals, 3-8 free throws, 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 turnovers. It was a night of futility for Zo against his nemesis, Shaquille O'Neal, who scored 24 points and had 14 rebounds in L.A.'s 108-99 win at the Forum.

Around the Rim

Al the Jan. 27 hearing to appeal his suspension, the attorneys for Latrell Sprewell will call P.J. Carlesimo's former Portland players to testify on the confrontational style of the Warriors coach. Talk about the victim being turned into the accused....

Golden State general manager Garry St. Jean spent last week hunkered down in his office trying to determine the trade value of free-agent-to-be forward Joe Smith. What he found, in calls around the league, was similar to what the Sixers experienced with guard Jerry Stackhouse before moving him to the Pistons: Teams interested in the player's potential are often scared off by the dollars it would take to resign him....

Spurs point guard Avery Johnson, on Stoudamire's assertion that while Johnson is a good guy, San Antonio is going nowhere with him at the helm: "That's O.K. I wish Damon luck. I hope he finds himself a winning team."

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