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Jackie MacMullan
April 27, 1998
Raptors interim coach Butch Carter went only 5-27 after taking over on Feb. 13 but he will keep his job next season for two reasons: He has instilled much-needed discipline off the court and inspired rookie Tracy McGrady (11.2-point average over the season's last 11 games)....
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April 27, 1998

Around The Rim

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Raptors interim coach Butch Carter went only 5-27 after taking over on Feb. 13 but he will keep his job next season for two reasons: He has instilled much-needed discipline off the court and inspired rookie Tracy McGrady (11.2-point average over the season's last 11 games)....

76ers president Pat Croce on forward Joe Smith, who becomes a free agent this summer and who sought a $15 million-a-year extension last summer: "I don't think he's worth superstar-money. Neither does [coach] Larry Brown. That doesn't mean it has to be all or nothing. So the question is, where do negotiations start above nothing?" ...Talk about an incentive to get fouled. In the Magic's season finale against the Hornets, Nick Anderson needed to attempt two free throws to reach 125 for the season, thereby earning a $1.05 million bonus. Anderson was 4-for-4 from the line against Charlotte....

Celtics general manager Chris Wallace has seen high school power forward Korleone Young play twice. What did Wallace like most about the 6'7", 220-pound Young, who has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft? "His upside after four years of college."

...Keep an eye on the Hawks-Hornets tango in the first round of the playoffs. Charlotte's Anthony Mason walked up to Atlanta forward Cadillac Anderson at halftime on April 10 and said the Hawks had no heart. When Atlanta won, Dikembe Mutombo responded by pounding his chest. Last Friday the Hawks finished off the Hornets with a four-game sweep of the season series.

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